Yale University

Nkiru Nnawulezi, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)


Nkiru Nnawulezi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned her doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology at Michigan State University and has additional graduate certifications in college teaching, community engagement, and quantitative research methods. Her research examines the ecological factors that enhance equity within and across housing systems in order to improve the social and material conditions for survivors of gender-based violence who occupy multiply marginalized social identities. She also seeks to develop sustainable survivor-centered, community-based systems of support that can serve as alternatives to traditional formal social service systems. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, State of Michigan, and Center for Victim Research. She is an award-winning researcher and mentor and has disseminated her scholarship to academic and community audiences through peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, community toolkits, invited academic and community talks, and national and international conferences. As an expert in community-based, participatory research and trained facilitator, Dr. Nnawulezi designs participatory research processes with community partners to find innovative solutions to complex social problems. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Violence and is on the editorial board of the Community Psychology in the Global Perspective Journal. She is also a Research and Evaluation Advisor to the National Center on Domestic Violence, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Innovation Service, and Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community. Dr. Nnawulezi will use REIDS funding to exploring the destabilizing ecological factors associated with current and ongoing housing displacement, above and beyond gentrification, for women who are living with HIV and surviving intimate partner violence. Her REIDS mentor is Dr. Tami Sullivan.