Amirah Saafir

Amirah Saafir, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: EC 530
Telephone:  (657) 278-2155

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Courses Taught

CAS 301 – Inquiry & Methodology in Development

CAS 370 - Development of African American Children and Youth

CAS 490T- Senior Seminar in Child Development: Culture & Ethnicity in Development


Dr. Saafir received her B.A. in Psychology from Howard University. Following her bachelor’s degree, she became a Postbaccalaureate fellow in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. from UCLA in the Department of Human Development and Psychology where she was a Cota Robles Diversity Fellow and a UC-HBCU Fellow.

Research Areas

My research focuses on the impact of school racial/ethnic contextual factors such as diversity and representation on adolescent psychosocial development with a particular interest in the experiences of Black adolescents. Currently, my work centers the impact of school ethnic/racial context on the developmental trajectory of ethnic/racial identity development across the transition from middle school to high school.