Brief BIO of Ayanna Rashida Cummings, PhD, MBA, MS, M.Ed., MPhil, SPHR

Ayanna Rashida Cummings received the PhD in Psychology in 2017 for the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.  Her research projects have addressed issues facing African-Americans and underrepresented minorities, including stress in black women, self-esteem and eating disorders, power, culture and race in organizations, product scarcity and consumerism, affirmative action and adverse impact at an educational institution, and diversity in mass media and within business organizations.  Ayanna also enjoys instituting research that facilitates inquiry into the plight of, and issues facing, African-Americans, particularly African-American women, in the workforce and in our daily lives.  This she hopes will shed light upon methods of ameliorating inequities and uplifting our communities. She is named in Professional Who’s Who and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. 

Dr. Cummings has taught undergraduate psychology for the past seventeen years at various institutions in the Northeastern and Southeastern United States, including her current faculty appointment at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  Ayanna is passionate about uncovering disparities in mental health treatment for African-Americans, particularly in penal institutions, and eradicating these injustices through policy research.

Her recent book, “Power, Culture and Race: Beyond Enchroma to Understanding for Effective Organizational Leadership,” has been published and distributed across the globe since February, 2018.  Dr. Cummings, as she is affectionately known at her institution, lays out a framework through which issues of racial divide and subsequent diversity and inclusion can be effectively discussed and implemented in organizations by leaders in top echelons.   This is especially relevant in today’s sociopolitical landscape which is wrought with discrimination against protected groups.  She has presented the book discussion at the Association of Black Psychologists 2017 Conference in Houston, Texas and the Association for Ethnic Studies 2018 Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

Ayanna is a member of National Hampton Alumni Association Atlanta Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Atlanta Chapter, and plays cello as an alumna of Sin-fo-Nia Youth Orchestra.  As a passionate musician, she plays her instrument and sings professionally at local events.  Ayanna is the grateful daughter of Retired Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore of Atlanta, Georgia, and the late Mr. Arthur Bernard Cummings, Sr., Management Consultant of ABC Management, Inc.  Ayanna’s motto is that the secret to growing wings is believing you can fly.Type your paragraph here.

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