SCYATTA A. WALLACE, PhD, received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University and her BA in Psychology from Yale University.  Dr. Wallace also completed a two year post doctoral research fellowship at the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her interests include community engaged research examining gender and cultural influences associated with health outcomes among urban Black adolescents and young adults, providing health education to youth/youth serving organizations and informing social policy.


Dr. Wallace is currently an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychology at St. John’s University, where she teaches and mentors students.  She has served as principal investigator on several federally funded projects examining HIV risk among formally incarcerated young Black men.  In addition, she is the lead on projects focused on urban Black youth, including her work with teen girls/young women.


Dr. Wallace has won numerous awards and honors for her work including receiving the Carolyn Payton Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association Division of Psychology and Women, serving as Chair of the American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology and AIDS, co-lead for the HIV prevention campaign supported by the American Psychological Association and BET, being selected as an NIH Health Disparities Scholar and receiving a three year summer visiting professorship at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Advisory Council for the Fordham University Research Ethics Training Institute.


Dr. Wallace has published many academic and lay articles, she is an Associate Editor for Behavioral Medicine journal, serves as an expert for media outlets, including StudentHealth 101 and is a sought after speaker.  Dr. Wallace is dedicated to serving communities and is involved with several organizations. She is an avid supporter of the arts and former reviewer for the acclaimed Bank Street Children’s Book Committee.  



Courses Taught

Developmental Psychology- Doctoral Program

Health Psychology- Undergraduate Program

Psychology of African Americans- Undergraduate Program

Child Psychology- Undergraduate Program

Community Based Adolescent Health Research- Undergraduate Program

Sophomore Seminar- Undergraduate Program