Buffie Longmire-Avital, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Mailing Address: Campus Box 2337, Elon University, Elon, NC, 27244-2010
Office: Long 208H
I am a community psychologist with a public health focus and background in developmental psychology. Broadly, my research interests focus on how psychosocial and cultural factors contribute to health disparities that impact minority communities. My current research is twofold: First, I examine the relationships among psychosocial factors (specifically, depression, racial identity, perceived partner availability, and stress) on HIV/AIDS risk behaviors for sexually active emerging adult Black women and men. Second, I am interested in identifying sources of stress for minority communities that play a part in the development of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. My data collection takes place in non-laboratory settings in partnership with members of the community through various community venues, including online social networking sites. I also, incorporate community-based participatory research techniques into most of my projects. My teaching interests include Community Psychology, Lifespan Human Development, Health Psychology, and Research Methods & Design. I received my BS in psychology from Lafayette College and my PhD from The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University.