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UHD Author, Professor Featured in CCRS Fellow Spotlight

Dr. Stacie Craft DeFreitas Shares Insights on New Book

University of Houston-Downtown faculty members are frequently featured in local and national media. They're interviewed by journalists on a range of topics affecting our community. It's not every day, however, that faculty engage in Q&A sessions with their peers.

Recently, Dr. Stacie Craft DeFreitas, Associate Professor of Psychology, sat down with colleague Dr. Chuck Jackson, Associate Professor of English for a one-on-one. DeFreitas is the featured faculty member in the 2020 Center for Critical Race Studies Fellow Spotlight. Each year, the Center selects one of its Fellows for a conversation on their work and recent scholarly activities. Among DeFreitas' many recent accomplishments was the publication of her book "African American Psychology."

"I found that many of my students were selecting topics for their papers in African American psychology were really depressing," DeFreitas told UHD News in an interview earlier this year. "They were all focusing on problems and no one was examining strengths, resilience and positive aspects of the African American community. I believed that by having a text with a positive perspective, this would make it easier for my students to examine issues from a distinct perspective and facilitate their ability to have a more positive look at the African American community. Why not focus on learning about that?"

DeFreitas joined UHD's faculty in 2009 and has taught Abnormal Psychology, African American Issues in Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and Introduction to Clinical Psychology. Prior to arriving at the University, she served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. DeFreitas earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. Recently, she was named Interim Associate Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

In the CCRS Fellow Spotlight video below, she and Jackson (also a CCRS Fellow) discuss her book, which continues to earn national acclaim.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.