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Leslie Anderson

Dr. Leslie Anderson

Assistant Professor


Dr. Leslie A. Anderson, LMFT is a Family Scientist, Family Therapist, and Assistant Professor of Child and Family Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Anderson earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia. Her research broadly focuses on Black American familial processes and specifically, their processes of racial socialization. Her scholarship is rooted in a commitment to social justice and undergirded by Critical Race Theory. In her clinical work, she is intentional about practicing as a culturally responsive practitioner with underrepresented and underserved groups. She has 10+ years of experience providing community and home-based behavioral health services to impoverished and rural families in MS and GA.

  • PHD - University of Georgia (2020)
  • MS - University of Southern Mississippi (2012)

FAM 351: Marital & Family Relationships
FAM 455: Family Theories
FAM 605: Family Advocacy
FAM 610: Couple Therapy
FAM 656: Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy II
FAM 790: Marriage & Family Therapy Clinical Practicum

  • Preparing Black and Latinx children for police encounters: Observing ethnic-racial socialization in action and the fit between caregiver response profiles and child self-regulation. , Journal of Research on Adolescence, 2022,
  • To Be Young, Conscious and Black: The Cumulative Witnessing of Racial Violence for Black Youth and Families, Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2022, 10.1111/jftr.12466
  • Transmuting Girls Into Women: Examining the Adultification of Black Female Sexual Assault Survivors Through Twitter Feedback, Violence Against Women, 2022,
  • Holding both truths: Early dynamics of ethnic‐racial socialization and children's behavior adjustment in African American and Latinx families , Journal of Social Issues, 2021,
  • Revisioning the Concept of Resilience: Its Manifestation and Impact on Black Americans, Contemporary Family Therapy , 2021, 10.1007/s10591-021-09621-6
  • “The Talk” and Black families in America: Centering race, resistance, and refuge., Journal of Black Psychology, 2021,
  • Secondary qualitative analysis in the family sciences. , Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 2021,
  • Sowing the seeds: Sociocultural resistance in the psychological sciences. , Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2021, 10.1037/cdp0000462
  • Rethinking resilience theory in African American families: Fostering positive adaptations and transformative social justice, The Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2019, 10.1111/jftr.12343
  • Longitudinal associations between relationship quality and maternal depression among low-income African American and Hispanic mothers, Journal of Family Psychology, 2019, 10.1037/fam0000548
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Council on Family Relations

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Areas of Expertise

Couple/marriage and family therapy; culturally responsive therapy practices; processes of racial socialization in Black American families; qualitative research methodologies