Awards, Honors, Associations

2015 Critics' Choice Book Award American Educational Studies Association, 2015 - 2015

Fellow American Psychological Association, 2013 - 2013

Psychology's Feminist Voices 2012 - 2012

Research & Service

Saundra Murray Nettles studies the dynamic interplay between the social, physical, and personal environments that contribute to optimal outcomes for children, youth, and women. Her most recent work uses narrative inquiries of neighborhood processes -- such as resource allocation, parental coaching, and collective socialization – identified through quantitative studies. She is a pioneer in the fields of the psychological study of Black women and community-school connections. Her research is informed by positions she has held in community-based organizations, research centers, and libraries. She has written two books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.


Nettles, S. (2016) Aging Women of Color: Engagement and Place Women & Therapy 39 (3-4), 337-353

Nettles, M. (2013) Necessary spaces: Exploring the richness of African American childhood in the South.. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC, US

Caughy, M., Nettles, S., & Lima, J. (2011) Profiles of racial socialization among African American parents: Correlates, context, and outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies 20

Lima, J., Caughy, M., Nettles, S., & O'Campo, P. (2010) Effects of cumulative risk on behavioral and psychological well-being in first grade: Moderation by neighborhood context. Social Science and Medicine 71

Caughy, M., O'Campo, P., & Nettles, S. (2008) The effect of residential neighborhood on child behavior problems in first grade American Journal of Community Psychology 42

Franzini, L., Caughy, M., Nettles, S., & O'Campo, P. (2008) Perceptions of disorder: Contributions of neighborhood population characteristics to subject perceptions of physical disorder Journal of Environmental Psychology 28

Nettles, S., Caughy, M., & O'Campo, P. (2008) School adjustment in the early years: Toward an integrated model of neighborhood, parental, and child processes Review of Educational Research 78

Caughy, M., Nettles, S., O'Campo, P., & Lohrfink, K. (2006) Neighborhood matters: Racial socialization and African American child development Child Development

Nettles, S., & Mason, M. (2004) Zones of narrative safety: Promoting psychosocial resilience in young people Journeal of Primary Prevention 25


Necessary spaces:The struggle against poverty in the childhood experiences of Black women in the South, 1900-1950 (2013).


Friday Institute for Educational Innovation National Advisory Board, 2016 - 2017

2009 President American Psychological Association Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, 2009 - 2010


Adjustment in School Settings Examines theories of adjustment, factors that influence adjustment, and common adjustment problems of children and adolescents in school context. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: EPSY 201 or equivalent. Class Schedule Information: Students will be required upon request, to participate in a total of 4 hours of experiments outside of class. Note: Fulfills educational psychology foundation requirement in personality and development.

Saundra Murray Nettles

Clinical Professor, Educational Psychology



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1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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