Yale University

Sierra Carter, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, Georgia State University
  • Adjunct Faculty, Emory University
  • Former Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)


Dr. Sierra Carter is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at Georgia State University. She also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Emory University in the School of Medicine. Her research focuses on racial health disparities and investigating how psychosocial and contextual stressors can affect both mental and physical health outcomes for underrepresented and marginalized populations across the life course. She is particularly interested in conducting research that examines how racial discrimination, as an acute and chronic stressor, effects development and exacerbation of chronic illnesses and stress-related disorders. She integrates clinical, physiological, and biobehavioral measurement in her research to aid in improved identification of mechanisms that can be targeted in prevention and treatment efforts to reduce racial health disparities.

Dr. Carter earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and minor in Social and Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Carter completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine with the Grady Trauma Project, a large scale study examining risk and resilience to psychopathology in a primarily African American sample of highly traumatized, low socioeconomic status individuals. Her REIDS mentor is Dr. Barbara Guthrie.