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Faculty Trustee: Karen Brakke, Ph.D.

Karen Brakke Professor of Psychology, Spelman CollegeB
B.A., Carleton College, 1985
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1996
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2021
City of Residence: Atlanta, GA

Karen Brakke, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Spelman College. She joined the Spelman faculty in 1999 and subsequently served as Psychology department chair from 2008-2014 and special assistant to the Provost in 2014-2015. Dr. Brakke is trained as a developmental psychologist, with research interest in early childhood development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and narrative identity in emerging adulthood.

She has authored over twenty peer-reviewed articles, a peer-reviewed monograph, and several other publications relevant to these areas of inquiry. In addition to teaching a variety of psychology courses at Spelman, she has mentored approximately 100 students on thesis, research, or independent study projects and has worked with multiple federally-funded undergraduate research training programs.

Dr. Brakke is active in the national psychology and developmental science teaching and research communities. A former president of the Southeastern Psychological Association, she currently serves on the American Psychological Association's Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education and the editorial board of the journal Teaching of Psychology. She regularly participates in scientific and institutional review activities, which keep her abreast of issues facing higher education. 

Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees:

For the last twenty-plus years I have been part of the Spelman community, I have seen firsthand what a wonderfully unique place Spelman College is and how everyone works together to support its mission. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the College as a Trustee.