Darlingtina Atakere

M.S. (2014) Arkansas Tech University
B.Sc. (2008) University of Nigeria Nsukka
D.Swk. (2003) University of Nigeria Nsukka
Primary office:


Research Lab: Culture and Psychology Research Group (CPRG) and Health Outcomes and Education Laboratory
Advisors: Dr. Tamara Baker and Dr. Glenn Adams
Research Interests: My research utilizes interdisciplinary methods to examine social determinants of health and health outcomes among older adults. A secondary interest of mine is the examination of the association of conceptions of relationality to the experience of care and obligation. At the core of my research is the application of a decolonial approach to the theories and practices of psychological science. My basic strategy is to draw upon works in West African settings as an epistemic foundation from which to decolonize standard ways of knowing and being in mainstream psychological science. Therefore, I join the increasing number of researchers in all areas of psychology that are recognizing the critical role of culture in shaping psychological processes.

Darlingtina grew up in Nigeria where she attended the University of Nigeria Nsukka for her undergraduate studies. Upon obtaining a Diploma in Social Work and Community Development, she went on to study Psychology, graduating with First Class Honors. After a brief period of working for an international NGO and a government agency on health related projects in Nigeria, she came to the US and studied for Masters in Psychology at Arkansas Tech University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with emphasis on Clinical Health and Gerontology at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Tamara Baker and Dr. Glenn Adams.

Interests Include:

African Studies
Health Disparities
Cultural Psychology
Community Health Literacy

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