About Me

Rihana S. Mason received her PhD in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Psychology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She is presently a Research Scientist at the Urban Child Study Center (UCSC) and a Research Associate in the Office of the Provost at Georgia State University. The UCSC is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. The UCSC includes several partnerships between the university, education agencies, and relevant community organizations.

Dr. Mason manages projects affiliated with GADOE, Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, and the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy. Her research interests include vocabulary acquisition, early literacy development, and academic diversity initiatives.

She is a co-author of two books, Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelors to the Professoriate (forthcoming May 2021. Lever Press) and Thinking Critically About Your Career in Psychology. She is President of the Southeastern Psychological Association.

Prior to joining the UCSC, Dr. Mason served as an Associate Professor in Psychology at Emmanuel College for several years where she helped to expand the undergraduate curriculum was awarded the Firebaugh Memorial Faculty Award in 2015.   She served as the chair for the Committee for the Equality of Professional Opportunity under the Southeastern Psychological Association and as a member of the Psi Chi Diversity Advisory Committee.

Co-Founder of the Academic Pipeline Project, LLC.


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