Dr. Angela Farris Watkins

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Dr. Angela Farris Watkins is an educator, author, lecturer, and civil rights advocate. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (with Honors) in Child Development from Spelman College and both a Master’s of Education degree in Early Childhood Education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Spelman College and formerly served on the faculty of Morehouse College, Georgia State University and the Atlanta Public School System.


Dr. Farris Watkins is a long time advocate against the injustices facing African American learners and is committed to culture-specific teaching methodologies and the needs of diverse learners. Dr. Farris Watkins’ research has appeared among several professional forums, including the American Psychological Association, the United States Department of Health and Human Services- Administration for Children and Families, the International Reading Association, the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Black Psychology, the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and Jet magazine.


Her manuscripts, Nurturing African American College Students: A Learning Styles Approach (in Mentoring African American College Students by L. Gallien and M. Peterson, Editors – Allyn & Bacon Publishers) and Learning Styles of African American Children: A Developmental Consideration (Journal of Black Psychology) are a testament of her concern for African American students.


Dr. Farris Watkins has developed a model curriculum on HIV/AIDS prevention to call attention to the need for prevention programs targeted at African American college students and to challenge Historically Black Colleges and Universities to become involved in curricular initiatives as a way of fighting the epidemic. She is the recipient of several grants to support this effort; from the United Negro College Fund, the American Psychological Association and the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Farris Watkins is an expert in African American psychology and she is the author of African American Psychology Review (Allyn & Bacon Publishers).


Dr. Farris Watkins is also trained in the philosophy of nonviolence espoused by her late uncle, Martin Luther King, Jr. She conducts Kingian Nonviolence workshops and teach-ins to insure that the history and principles of her uncle will be continually embraced. Dr. Farris Watkins has written several children’s books about Dr. King; My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart (in stores now – Harry Abrams Publishers), My Uncle Martin’s Words for America (available in the Fall of 2011 – Harry Abrams Publishers), and Love Will See You Through (available in the Spring of 2012 – Simon and Schuster Publishers). She also served as contributing editor for the Infusion Model for Teaching Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nonviolent Principles in Schools (a project for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, funded by the United States Department of Education).


Dr. Farris Watkins is a fourth generation member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and was baptized there as a young child.  She is involved in several ministries there, including Sunday School, women’s ministry, watch night worship committee, drama ministry, and youth ministry. Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:8, Love never fails.


Dr. Farris Watkins is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., Chums, Inc., Jack and Jill, Inc.,


Dr. Farris Watkins is the mother of Farris Christine. She is the daughter of Isaac and Christine (King) Farris. She has one brother, Mr. Isaac N. Farris, Jr.


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