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Maya Gordon, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology

With higher education running deep in her family's genealogy, some may say that Maya Gordon, PhD, was destined to become an educator. Her father, grandfather, and grandmother were college professors.

She says she “inherited a legacy of teaching and mentoring.” She continued the tradition in fall 2008, when she became a faculty member in Cabrini's psychology department.

Gordon's teaching style is rooted in a commitment to the academic growth and development of her students. Her primary goals as an educator are to teach the basic concepts of the course; to teach students to think critically; and to help each student develop his/her individual voice.

In 2008, Gordon's article, “Media contributions to African American girls' focus on beauty and appearance: Exploring the consequences of sexual objectification,” was published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 32.

She also in 2007 co-authored “Distorted reflections: Media exposure and Latino adolescents' conceptions of self” in Media Psychology, Vol. 9.

Gordon earned Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta.

Areas of Expertise

Media influences on the development of children and adolescents; media portrayals of race and gender; self-esteem and identity development among youth of color; and race and gender as contexts for human development

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