Brendesha M. Tynes

Brendesha M. Tynes is an assistant professor of educational psychology and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the role of the Internet in child and adolescent development with special attention to the construction of race, online victimization, the psychosocial and educational benefits of online interaction and Internet safety. She is also interested in African American children’s psychosocial development in school contexts. Tynes received a BA in History from Columbia University, a MA in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education from UCLA. She is co-editor of the Handbook of African American Psychology (2009) and has published articles in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychology, The Black Scholar, the Handbook of Children, Culture and Violence and other books and journals. One of her recent articles was the #1 most-frequently read in the Journal of Adolescent Research. Tynes’ work has also been cited in Newsweek, the New York Times online, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, the Tennessean and other news outlets in the US and abroad. She is the recipient of a Ford Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Educational Researchers Association. She has received numerous awards including the Spitze Mather Faculty Award for Excellence in 2008, Diverse Magazine’s Top Emerging Scholars Under 40 and UIUC College of Education Distinguished Scholar in 2010.