Riana is an Assistant Professor in the Health Behavior and Health Education Department in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Her scholarship addresses culturally specific parenting practices to reduce race-related stress in families. She earned her doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Virginia and was a Clinical and Community Psychology Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Political Science and taught for 2 years with Teach For America in Atlanta. She has also conducted Community Based Participatory Research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and neuropsychological research at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Anderson strives to improve psychological outcomes for Black youth through culturally- and contextually-relevant parenting programs focused on racism and discrimination, effective coping strategies, and community building, participation, and collaboration. One of her primary goals is to create interventions and youth centers which support the mental and physical health of Black youth in urban communities.
Dr. Anderson aims to facilitate healing in Black families with practical applications of her research and clinical services, as well as through teaching/mentorship and policy recommendations through the following goals:
Goal #1: To improve the successful outcomes for Black youth via: culturally-relevant coping strategies, culturally- and contextually-relevant parenting interventions, and community building, participation, and collaboration.
Goal #2: To create and replicate interventions and youth centers which support the mental and physical health and educational goals of Black youth in urban communities.
Dr. Anderson was born and raised in Detroit. She enjoys all things food, sports, and travel, and is adventurous - except for the outdoors. She enjoys listening to and playing music and adores cooking for friends and family (not to mention herself!).