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Noni K. Gaylord-Harden, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. A native of Magnolia, Arkansas, Dr. Gaylord-Harden attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. After graduating with a bachelor's of science degree in psychology in 1997, she went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Memphis in 2003.  While at The University of Memphis, she began to explore questions regarding the contributions of stress to the development of psychopathology in African American youth, and the protective effects of youth coping and parent-child relationships in reducing psychopathology. She continued her training at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, completing a predoctoral clinical internship and later working as a clinical postdoctoral research associate. She was also selected as a Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow and spent a year receiving additional research training at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Gaylord-Harden’s primary research activities center on identifying coping strategies that are related to more positive outcomes for African American youth and understanding how protective family factors encourage youth to use more adaptive coping strategies. In collaboration with her graduate students and colleagues, she has published several research articles and presented numerous conference presentations on these topics.  She has received funding from Division 53 of the American Psychological Association and the Institute for Education Sciences for her research efforts.

Dr. Gaylord-Harden loves reading and spending time with her husband, Troy, and daughter, Saniyya. She is an avid runner and has completed several marathons and half-marathons.

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