Suzette L. Speight, Ph.D.

Suzette L. Speight, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Counseling Psychology
Office: CAS 341
Phone: 330-972-7956
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Suzette L. Speight, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Training for the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron.  She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1990. Dr. Speight is a Fellow of Division 17, Society for Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Association of Black Psychologists.  A licensed psychologist, Dr. Speight is a supervisor and clinician at the Minority Behavioral Health Group in Akron.

Dr. Speight teaches graduate classes on Ethics, Counseling Skills, and the Psychology of Oppression.  Her research and scholarly interests include the psychological effects of oppression, mental health and African American women, identity development, African-centered Psychology, multicultural competence, and psychology’s role in promoting social justice.


Speight, S. L., Hewitt, A. A., & Cook, H. R.  (2015). Color blind racial ideology and internalized racism among people of color.  In H. A. Neville, M. E. Gallardo, & D. W. Sue (Eds.). The Myth of Racial Color Blindness: Manifestations, Dynamics, and Impact.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Bronder, E. C., Speight, S. L., Witherspoon, K. M., & Thomas, A. J. (2014). John Henryism, depression, and social support in African American women.  Journal of Black Psychology, 40(2), 115-137

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. NY, NY: Oxford University Press.

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

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.

Thomas, A. J., Speight, S. L., & Witherspoon, K.M.  (2010). Racial socialization, racial identity, & race-related stress of African American parents.  The Family Journal, 18 (4), 407-412.

Myers, L. J., & Speight, S. L. (2010). Reframing mental health and psychological well-being among persons of African descent: Africana/Black Psychology meeting the challenges of fractured social and cultural realities. Journal of Pan-African Studies, 3(8), 66-79.

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., Thomas, A. J., & Speight, S. L. (2004). Toward the development of the Stereotypic Roles for African American Women Scale. Journal of Black Psychology, 30(3), 426-442.

Vera, E. M., & Speight, S. L. (2003). Multicultural competence, social justice and counseling psychology:                   Expanding our roles. The Counseling Psychologist, 31, 253-272.