• Recognition of Excellence in Psychology and Health

    Scroll to see a few of Dr. Carter's recent Honors and Awards

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    One of 40 under 40 Leaders in Health

    2019 National Minority Quality Forum

    Alies Mukskin Career Development Leadership Program Awardee

    Anxiety and Depression Association of America

    Selected Participant in the 2020 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry

    A two-year training experience for early career researchers. Participants work with faculty from the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, and National Institute of Mental Health.

    2020 Travel Fellowship Awardee

    Society of Biological Psychiatry

    Consulting Editorial Board Member

    Cultural Diversity of Ethnic Minority Psychology Journal

    Journal of Black Psychology

  • Sierra Carter, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University

    Adjunct Faculty, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Emory University

    Faculty Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University


    GSU Faculty Profile | Yale Faculty Profile | Google Scholar Profile

    Dr. Carter’s research focuses on racial health disparities and investigates how psychosocial and contextual stressors can affect both mental and physical health outcomes for underrepresented populations. She has had a long-standing interest in the ways that health disparities in African American populations arise and are maintained by psychological, physiological, and contextual processes. A common theme throughout much of her work has been examining how, across a life course, racial discrimination as an acute and chronic stressor can effect development and further exacerbate chronic illnesses and stress-related disorders.


    Dr. Carter integrates clinical, physiological, and biobehavioral measurements in her research to aid in improved identification of mechanisms that can be targeted in prevention and/or treatment efforts to reduce racial health disparities. Her research program also examines how racial and cultural characteristics (e.g., racial identity, Africentric worldview, racial composition of communities, and place-based factors) influence health. This work utilizes a risk and resilience framework to further illuminate what may buffer the psychological and physical health impacts of racial discrimination. Her research in the area of risk and resilience aims to enhance our ability to tackle troubling health disparities in underserved and underrepresented communities.

  • Education and Training

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Bachelor of Science, Psychology; Minor in Social and Economic Justice

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    University of Georgia

    Master of Science,

    Clinical Psychology

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    Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center

    Predoctoral Internship

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    University of Georgia

    Doctorate of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology

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    Emory School of Medicine

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology