Ph.D., University of Michigan, Personality Psychology and Women’s Studies; Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Spelman College.
Dr. Zaje A.T. Harrell is a skilled researcher, evaluator, and educator whose work has primarily focused on the unmet needs of marginalized groups.
She recently led the PPA team evaluating the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s grants in Battle Creek.
Dr. Harrell was previously an Assistant Professor in the Ecological/Community Psychology Graduate Program at Michigan State University, where she trained students in community-based research, social justice, and critical theory. Her research included examination of issues related to mental health and substance use in women and ethnic minority young adults.
She believes that research and evaluation serve as the foundation for creating sustainable institutions, and she addresses research questions with a social perspective and critical lens to create evidence-based change. As an evaluator and diversity consultant, she has served nonprofit and corporate clients. Her research areas include legal drug use in women and ethnic minority populations, specifically examining gender and race-related risk and protective factors and the impact of discrimination and marginalization on mental health and health behaviors. She is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
At MSU, she co-founded the Multiple Identities Intersections Laboratory to support research by developing scholars in race, gender and social identity. In 2014, the research team was recognized with a campus Excellence in Diversity Award.