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Fatima Varner, PhD

Faculty ScholarPhD, Northwestern University

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Fatima Varner, PhD



Parenting, academic achievement, African American families


Fatima Varner is a graduate of Northwestern University's Ph.D. program in Human Development and Social Policy and received her bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University. She also was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context at the University of Michigan.

Varner's major research interests include the roles of ethnicity, gender, and context on parenting, family processes, and adolescent outcomes. She is especially interested in the pathways through which racial discrimination influences parenting and adolescents’ academic achievement in African American families. In addition, she studies how contextual factors influence African American mothers’ psychological well-being.


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