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Kwesi Brookins PhD

Professor and Director

Department of Psychology

Interdisciplinary Studies

Center for Family and Community Engagement

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Dr. Brookins is Professor of Psychology (Applied Social and Community) and Africana Studies. He is founder and director of the Africana Studies Major and Minor programs located in the CHASS Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. He has been responsible for facilitating the creation and implementation of university linkages across the continent developing campus programming on Africa and the African Diaspora. Dr. Brookins is also the Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement (CHASS) and Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. He also leads the NCSU-Wake Community-University Partnership via an MOU between NC State University and Wake County Social and Economic Vitality.

His research focuses on Community Psychology (generally), interventions designed to promote psychological health wellbeing, and working in partnership with community partners to build empowerment capacity in African American communities. He has worked with public and private educational institutions, community centers, and human service agencies. 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 and an Engagement Scholarship Faculty Fellow with NC State’s University Office for Outreach and Engagement (2016-2019). He has led many of the university’s strategic initiatives designed to enhance institutional capacity in community engagement. Dr. Brookins was awarded an Alumni Distinguished Award for Extension and is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty in Engagement and Extension at NC State. A member of the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association), he was elected into the Presidential stream for 2022-2024.


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)


Vice Provost, University Outreach and Engagement
Director, Center for Family and Community Engagement


See Engaging Communities Lab site.

Research Publications

Ferreira, B., Morais, D. B., Jakes, S., Brothers, G. and Brookins, C. C. (2022). Self-efficacy mechanism in farm tourism microentrepreneurship. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI:

Blount, T. N. & Brookins, C. C. (2021) Adinkra Symbolism, Printmaking, and the Cultural Identity of Ghanaian Emerging Young Adults, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2021.1911724

Brookins, C. C., Banks, E. R., & Clay, A. L. (2018). Building an 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.

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.

Jakes, S. S. & Brookins, C. C., Eds. (2004). Understanding Ecological Programming: Merging Theory, Research, and Practice. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press. (also published as a Special Issue of The Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 27(2).


Wade, C., Brookins, C. C., Green, A., Best, V., Grimmett, M., McFarland, B., McGill, A., & Williams, C. (February 8, 2022). Toward equitable community-university partnerships:
Faculty engagement with Raleigh’s black communities. Panel presentation at the North Carolina State Racial Equity Symposium:

James, A., Williams, F. L., Bullock Dillahunt, S., Williams, C., Best, V., & Brookins, C. C. (2021, March). Black commUNITY…Engaging Authentically with Communities of Color. Roundtable Discussion at Black Community Conference for Collaboration. University of North Carolina (Virtual).

Brookins, C. C., Frazier, A., Wade, C., Best, V. (2020, October). Authentic Community-University Engagement, SE Ecological Community Psychology Conference (Virtual), Hosted by Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Brookins, C. C., Feierabend, K., & Best, V. (November 12, 2019). Community partnerships: From good to great. Paper presented at the University Engagement: From Good to Great Symposium, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Brookins, C. C. (November 11, 2019), 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium (moderator), Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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.