Suzette L. Speight, Ph.D.

Suzette L. Speight, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Counseling Psychology
Office: CAS 341
Phone: 330-972-7956
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Suzette L. Speight, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor who joined the Psychology Department at University of Akron in 2008. Previously Dr. Speight was an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and the Program Director for the graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, School, and Community Counseling Loyola University Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1990. Dr. Speight teaches courses such as, Ethical, Professional, and Legal Issues in Counseling Psychology and Cross-cultural Psychology. Her scholarly interests include: multicultural training & multicultural competence, African American women and mental health, the psychological impact of oppression, African centered psychology, social justice and psychology, suicide in the African American community, and identity development issues. She is active in the Association of Black Psychologists, including holding offices in the Chicago chapter of ABPsi from 1993-2006, and in Divisions 17 and 45 of the American Psychological Association.


Munin, A., & Speight, S. L. (in press). Ally development of college students. Equity and Excellence in Education Obasi, E.M., Speight, S. L., Rowe, D. T., Clark, L., & Turner-Essel, L. (in press). The Association of Black Psychologists: An organization dedicated toward social justice. The Counseling Psychologist.

Thomas, A. J., Speight, S. L., & Witherspoon, K.M. (in press). Racial socialization, racial identity, and race- related stress of African American parents. The Family Journal

Thomas, A. J., Speight, S. L., Barrie, R., & Turner-Essel, L.  (2013). Promoting positive identity development of African American girls (pp. 364-373). . In E. M. Vera (Ed.) The Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology. Oxford University Press. 

Bronder, E. C., Speight, S. L., Witherspoon, K. M., & Thomas, A. J. (2013). John Henryism, depression, and social support in African American women.  Journal of Black Psychology.

Obasi, E.M., Speight, S. L., Rowe, D. T., Clark, L., & Turner-Essel, L. (2012). The Association of Black Psychologists: An  organization dedicated toward social justice.  The Counseling Psychologist, 40(5),710-722.

Speight, S. L.  (2012). An exploration of boundaries and solidarity in counseling relationships.  The Counseling Psychologist, 40(1), 133-157.

Speight, S. L., Isom., D. A., & Thomas, A. J.  (2012). From Hottentot to Superwoman: Issues of identity and mental health for African American women (pp. 115-130).  In C. Z. Enns, & E. N. Williams (Eds.).  The     Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology. Oxford University Press.

Speight, S. L., & Vera, E. M. (2009). The challenge of social justice for school psychology. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 19(1), 82-92.

Witherspoon, K. M., & Speight, S. L. (2009) An exploration of African American’s interests and self efficacy beliefs in traditional and nontraditional careers. Journal of Black Studies, 39, 888-904.

Sammons, C. C., & Speight, S. L. (2008). A qualitative investigation of changes in graduate students associated with multicultural counseling classes. The Counseling Psychologist, 36(6), 814-838.

Speight, S. L., & Vera, E. M. (2008). Social justice and counseling psychology: A challenge to the specialty (pg. 54-67). In S. D. Brown & R. Lent (Ed.). The Handbook of Counseling Psychology (4th Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

Speight, S. L., Blackmon, S. M. Odugu, D., & Steele, J. C. (2008). Conceptualizing mental health for African Americans (pg. 363-374).. In H. Neville, B. M. Tynes, & S. Utsey (Eds.). The Handbook of African American Psychology.

Thomas, A. J., Speight, S. L, & Witherspoon, K. M. (2008) Gendered racism, psychological symptoms, and coping styles of African American women. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(4), 307- 314.

Witherspoon, K.M., Speight, S.L., & Thomas, A. (2008). Racial identity attitudes, school achievement, and academic self-efficacy among African American high school students. In J.U. Ogbu (Ed.) Minority Status, oppositional culture, and schooling. New York: Routledge.

Vera, E. M. , & Speight, S. L. (2007). Advocacy, outreach, and prevention: Integrating social action roles into professional training. In E. Aldarondo (Ed.) Advancing social justice through clinical practice. (pp. 373- 389). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.

Priester, P. E., Azen, R. Speight, S. L. , & Vera, E. M. (2007). The impact of counselor recovery status similarity on perceptions of attractiveness with members of Alcoholics Anonymous: An exception to the Repulsion Hypothesis. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin 51 (1),14-20.

Speight, S. L. (2007). Internalized racism: One more piece of the puzzle. [An invited commentary.] The Counseling Psychologist, 35(1), 126-134.

Miller, M. J., & Speight, S. L. (2007). The Asian Values Scale. In Y.Jackson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Miller, M. J., & Speight, S. L. (2007). Models of second culture acquisition. In Y. Jackson (Ed). Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Miller, M. J., & Speight, S. L. (2007). Ethnic identity development measures: Asian Values Scale. In Y. Jackson (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Miller, M. J., & Speight, S. L. (2007). Acculturation scales: Suinn-Lew Asian Self-identity Acculturation Scale. In Y. Jackson Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.