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July 11, 2022

Dr. Kellina M. Craig-Henderson, Assistant Director, Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Dr. Kellina M. Craig-Henderson is the assistant director for the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Craig-Henderson is a former professor of psychology. She previously served as the acting assistant director for SBE and prior to that as the deputy assistant director of SBE. She joined NSF in 2005 as a program director before transitioning into the role of deputy division director of the Social and Economic Sciences Division and then serving as director for NSF's Tokyo Regional Office. Before undertaking full-time federal service at NSF, she was promoted to the rank of full professor in the Department of Psychology at Howard University.

Craig-Henderson graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut before attending the master's program in the social sciences at the University of Chicago, where she earned an M.A. Immediately following that, she attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in psychology. She served on the faculty in the Department of Psychology as well as the Afro-American Studies and Research program at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. This was followed by an appointment in the Psychology Department of California State University in Long Beach.

Craig-Henderson is passionate about broadening the participation of underrepresented groups and has been involved in many national and international activities that share this focus. She has taken on a leadership role at NSF to promote the establishment of a new social science funding mechanism that supports evidence-based research on the science of broadening participation. Her efforts have resulted in federal support for research examining issues related to gender parity in STEM and minority participation in work settings as well as several other areas.

She has published reports detailing her own empirical research in peer-reviewed journals and two books on interracial relationships. Her research program includes studies of groups, cross-cultural, and gender and race issues, as well as aggression and expatriation processes. Her work has been supported by a variety of public and private sources including NSF, the Ford Foundation and the American Psychological Association, and she has presented findings from her research activities at a variety of regional, national and international research and pedagogical meetings.

Credit: Amanda Joy Meyers/National Science Foundation

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