Dr Craig C Brookins

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Associate Professor


Dr. Brookins is an Associate Professor of Psychology (Applied Social and Community) and Africana Studies. He also serves as the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies major and coordinates the Africana Studies program. He received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan where he specialized in Ecological/Community Psychology.

His research focuses primarily on Community Psychology (generally) and more specifically on interventions designed to promote psychological health and development for youth and adults. Topical areas have included adolescent rites-of-passage, adolescent pregnancy prevention, child abuse and neglect prevention,  independent Black Schools, effective parenting, and, most currently, understanding the role of an optimal world view in the larger construct of psychological wellbeing.  His work has been conducted in public and private educational institutions, community centers, and human service agencies.  He has developed, implemented and worked with other groups on a variety of community and educational interventions targeting African American youth and young adults. He has also conducted study abroad and faculty development programs for the past 15 years in several African countries.

He was awarded an Alumni Distinguished Award for Extension and is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension at North Carolina State University. He also received the 2007 Ethnic Minority Mentor Award from Division 27 of the American Psychological Association for his work with graduate students.


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Extension and Community Engagement

Community Engaged Faculty Fellow, NC State University (2014-Present)

Alumni Outstanding Extension Service Award, North Carolina State University (1995-1996)

Outstanding Extension Service Award, College of Education & Psychology, NCSU (1994-1995)


Banks, E. R, Brookins, C. C. and Leonard, A. (2015) Predictors of Interest in Research Among Underrepresented Participants in Research Training Programs. Proceedings of the 2014 Understanding Interventions Conference, San Diego, CA.

Baker, A. M. and Brookins, C. C. (2014), Toward the Development of a Measure of Sociopolitical Consciousness: Listening to the Voices of Salvadoran Youth. J. Community Psychology, 42: 1015–1032. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21668

Chioneso, N. A. & and Brookins, C. C. (2013). Coming to get and needing to keep: Participation in a membership association for black scholars. Journal of Black Psychology.

Brookins, C. C.. (2012). Kupandia Milima: A Photographic Essay. The African Symposium, 12(2), 122-153. http://www.ncsu.edu/aern/TAS12.2/TAS12.2Brookins.pdf


Brookins, C. C. (2016, March). Building Community. Up Front Radio Program (WSHAFM.ORG). Raleigh, NC: Shaw University.

Brookins, C. C. (2016, March).  Black Lives Matter. Global Coffee Talk, Global Living Village, NC State University.

Brookins, C. C. (March, 2016). The State of Black Studies in North Carolina (panelist). 40th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies. Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Brookins, C. C. (2016, February). The Promise of Community Building. African American Faculty and Staff Organization, NC State University.

Brookins, C. C. (2015, February). History AS Past, Present and Future. Wendell-Wake County NAACP Black History Program. Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Wake Forest, NC.

Brookins, C. C. (June, 2015). UNCOVERING SW Raleigh and Adaptable Communities: Towards a Sustainable Model for Community-University Engagement – and IGNITE Presentation. 2015 Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action. Lowell, MA: University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Banks, E. R, Brookins, C. C. and Leonard, A. (June, 2015) Predictors of Interest in Research Among Underrepresented Participants in Research Training Programs. Understanding Interventions Conference, San Diego, CA.

Smart, A. A., Wilkins, J. and Brookins, C. C. (May 2014). Assessing the Global Experiences of NC State Study Abroad Participants: Fall 2012 through Summer 2013. Presentation to the NC State Study Abroad Office, Global Experiences Lab, Department of Psychology, NC State University. 


Director, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs

Coordinator, Africana Studies Program


  • Ph.D. in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University, 1990
  • M.S. in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University, 1986
  • B.S. in Psychology from Bradley University, 1981