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Kwesi Brookins PhD

Professor and Director

Department of Psychology

Interdisciplinary Studies

Center for Family and Community Engagement

1911 Bldg 107A

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Dr. Brookins is an Associate Professor of Psychology (Applied Social and Community) and Africana Studies. He was founder and director of the Africana Studies Major and Minor programs in 1997. As Director of The Africa Project, Dr. Brookins was responsible for facilitating the creation and implementation of university linkages across the continent developing campus programming on Africa and the African Diaspora. Currently (2019-20), Dr. Brookins is currently the Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement where he directs community-university partnerships and engagement and leads the NCSU-Wake Community-University Partnership via an MOU with Wake Social and Economic Vitality of Wake County.

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 since 1997 in several countries on the African continent.

Dr. Brookins was an American Council on Education Fellow in 2018-19 where we placed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Also, as an Engagement Scholarship Faculty Fellow with the University Office for Outreach and Engagement (2016-2019), he led many of the strategic goals initiatives designed to enhance institutional capacity in community engagement. He was awarded an Alumni Distinguished Award for Extension and is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty in Engagement and Extension at North Carolina State University, and a Community Engaged Faculty Fellow. A member of the Society for Community Research and Action, he received the 2007 Ethnic Minority Mentor Award from Division 27 of the American Psychological Association for his work with graduate students.


Extension and Community Engagement

2017-18 Engagement Scholarship Fellow, University Outreach and 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)


2018-19 American Council on Education Fellow

2017-18 Engagement Scholarship Fellow, University Outreach and Engagement


See Engaging Communities Lab site.

Research Publications

Brookins, C. C., Banks, E. R., & Clay, A. L. (2018). Building institutional climate support for underrepresented students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. In S. Thompson (Ed.), Campus diversity triumphs: Valles of hope (pp. 133-146). United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.

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.


Brookins, C. C. (October 5, 2019), 400 Year Commemoration of Africans in America and Year of Return, Ghana. Triangle Area Asanteman Kuo (TAAK), Durham, NC.

Brookins, C. C. (June 7, 2017), “Cognition and Black Consciousness,” University of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas.

Brookins, C. C.  (June 7, 2017). “Sociopolitical Consciousness, Activism, and the AfriKan Diaspora,” University of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas.

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. (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.