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Gishawn Mance

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic
  • Devoted to providing effective community prevention and intervention programs for underserved children and adolescents, GiShawn A Mance has worked diligently with communities across the nation. She received training in community based participatory research (CBPR) through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the past two years she has worked collaboratively with Drs. Darius Tandon and Freya Sonenstein on the Health and Opportunity Partnership (HOPE) project. The project was designed to address the mental health needs of youth ages 18 to 24 disconnected from the workforce and enrolled in a job training program. Using an indicated intervention (SPARCS) as a framework, Dr. Mance partnered with the youth to develop a contextually- and culturally-appropriate mental-health intervention to reduce depressive symptoms. Dr. Mance continues to work collaboratively with the HOPE project while also developing her research independently in the Washington, DC area.
  • Degrees

    BS, Psychology Bethune Cookman University
    MS, Community Psychology Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
    MA, Clinical Psychology DePaul University
    PhD, Clinical/Child Psychology DePaul University

  • CAS - Psychology
  • Asbury - 220
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Mance’s primary research interest is examining how context and culture influence symptom presentation for youth exposed to chronic stressors. Her research goals include developing, implementing, and evaluating empirically-supported treatments for youth who have witnessed or experienced multiple traumas that create vulnerability to depression.  Additionally, she is interested in determining if community networks and community prevention and intervention programs act as protective factors, how these protective factors change over time, and how to maintain these networks. 

Work In Progress

  • Mance, G., Sanchez, B., & Jaha-Echols, J. The impact of a culturally relevant intervention on African American girls’ psychological well-being.
    Williams, T., Mance, G.A., & Caldwell, C. The role of maternal support in the psychological well-being of teen fathers.

Selected Publications

  • Mance, G.A., Mendleson, T., Byrd, B., & Jones, J. Tandon, S. (2010). Utilizing community based participatory research to adapt a mental health intervention for African American emerging adults.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 4(2), 131-140.
  • Hill, A., Mance, G.A., Tizmari, T. (2010). A place at the table: Mental health in the realm of primary prevention. In L. Cohen, V. Chavez, & S. Chehim (Eds.). Prevention is primary (2nd ed). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Mance, G.A., Sanchez, B., & Jaha-Echols, N. (2009).Community engagement and collaborations in community based research: The road to implementing project butterfly. In S.Y. Evans, C. Taylor, M. Dunlap, & D. Miller (Eds.). African Americans and community engagement in higher education. New York: State University Press of New York.
  • Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Gipson, P., Mance, G. A., & Grant, K. (2008).  Coping patterns of African American adolescents: A confirmatory factor analysis and cluster analysis of the children’s coping strategies checklist, Psychological Assessment, 20(1):10-22.
  • Wilson, D., Foster, J., Anderson, S., Mance, G.A. (2009). Racial socialization’s moderating effects between poverty stress and psychological symptoms for African American youth, Journal of Black Psychology, 35, 102-124.
  • LaVeist, T., Thorpe, R., Mance, G. A., & Jackon, J. (2007). Overcoming confounding of race with socioeconomic status and segregation to explore race disparities in smoking, Addictions,102, 65-70.
  • Grant, K. E., Thomas, K. J., Carlson, G. C., Gipson, P. Y., Mance, G. A., Smith Carter, J., Carleton, R. A., Taylor, J. J., Carothers, K. J., Ford, R. E., Sajous-Brady, D. L., Cardemil, E. V., & Lambert, S. F. (2009). Why aren’t low-income urban youth more depressed:  A test of two hypotheses.  (Under Review).

Professional Presentations

    Mance, G.A., Sanchez, B., & Jaha-Echols, N. (2009, June). Cultural interventions and the psychological well-being of African American girls. Symposium paper presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Mont Clair, NJ
  • Mance, G.A., Sanchez, B., & Jaha-Echols, N. (2008, July). The influence of culturally relevant information on mental health interventions for African American girls. Symposium paper presented at the 17th International Council on Women’s Health Issues Congress 2008, Garborone, Botswana.
  • Thorpe, R.J., Mance, G.A., Francis, S.A., Jackson, J., & LaVeist, L.A. (2007, November). Racial disparity in smoking: Overcoming confounding of race with socioeconomic status and segregation. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amerian Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Tandon, D., Templeman, A., Mance, G.A., Mendelson, T., Byrd, B., Jones, J., Turner, A., & Sonenstein, F. (2007, May). Development of an intervention to promote adolescent mental health using community based participatory research: Process and preliminary findings. Symposium paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, D.C.
  • Mance, G.A., Tandon, D., Templeman, A., Mendelson, T., Byrd, B., Jones, J., Turner, A., & Sonenstein, F. (2007, June). Collaborating with African American adolescents to develop a mental health intervention. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Pasadena, CA.
  • Gipson, P., Mance, G.A., & Grant, K. (2005, August). Depression symptoms in Low income urban adolescents. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Gaskill, L. & Mance, G.A. (2003, May). The Relationship between chronic stress and symptomatology among urban, ethnic minority, low-income adolescents. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Mance, G.A. & Jackson-Lowman, H. (2002, May). Depression in African American single mothers . Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Atlanta, GA.