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Farzana Saleem

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Farzana Tabitha Saleem

Assistant Professor

Assistant: Luci Parker

Office: CERAS 230


Dr. Saleem is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. She earned her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the George Washington University and completed an APA accredited internship, with a specialization in trauma, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Saleem’s research examines the influence of racial stressors and culturally relevant practices on the psychological health, academic success, and well-being of Black adolescents and other youth of color. Dr. Saleem uses a strengths-focused and community-based lens in her research to study contextual nuance in the process and benefits of ethnic-racial socialization. She also explores factors in the family, school, and community contexts that can help youth manage the consequences of racial stress and trauma. Her current studies examine the utilization and benefits of ethnic-racial socialization across the school ecology. Dr. Saleem uses her research in each of these areas to inform the development and adaptation of programs and school-based interventions focused on managing racial stressors, eradicating mental health and academic racial disparities, and promoting resilience among historically marginalized and racially diverse children and adolescents. Dr. Saleem is a visiting scholar to the American Psychological Association RESilience Initiative and serves in other positions focused on inclusion, equity and social justice. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Saleem was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Los Angeles in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, with affiliation in the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

Other Titles

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Adolescence | Child Development | Diversity and Identity | Equity in Education | Parents and Family Issues | Psychology | Race and Ethnicity

See a full list of GSE Faculty research interests >

Recent Publications

Bernard, D. L., Saleem, F. T., Moreland, A. D., Shacklewood, C., & Danielson, C. K. (2023). A qualitative analysis of black mother preparation for bias messages following incidents of racism-related violence. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43).

Lambert, S. F., Saleem, F. T., Liu, C., & Rose, T. (2023). Ethnic-Racial Socialization, Teacher Discrimination, and Black Youth's School Engagement and Achievement. Prevention Science : the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research.

Saleem, F. T., Tyrell, F., Liu, L., & He, S. (2023). Ethnic-Racial Socialization, Family Climate, and Anxiety Among African American and Latinx Emerging Adults. JOURNAL OF FAMILY PSYCHOLOGY.

Farzana Saleem in the News & Media

An intervention co-developed by Assistant Professor Farzana Saleem shows promising results in a Bay Area pilot program.
March 23, 2023
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