Nkemka Anyiwo is a doctoral student in the Joint Program in Social Work and Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in African American Studies and Psychology. During her undergraduate years, Nkemka became actively engaged in culturally-based youth programs in schools, juvenile facilities, and on campus which fostered her interests in examining the factors the promote healthy psychological development of Black adolescents.
Currently, her research examines how Black adolescents receive and interpret messages about their race and gender from media, families, and schools and the implications of these messages on their psychological wellbeing. Using her work, Nkemka seeks to work in collaboration with schools and communities to develop, implement, and evaluate programs that promote positive development and academic excellence.