UMass Boston

Kerrie Wilkins

Counseling & School Psychology
Assistant Professor
Wheatley Hall Floor 02

Areas of Expertise

Intersectionality, Women and girls of Color, Social Justice, mental health, addressing inequities in the world of work, academic and career development, STEM, developing culturally sustaining interventions

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Kerrie Wilkins-Yel, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research broadly focuses on equity, justice, and access both at work and in pursuit of work. Specifically, she takes an intersectional approach to understanding the influence of oppression and marginalization on the academic and career development of women from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Her work has been published in scholarly outlets such as Sex Roles, Journal of Vocational Psychology, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Wilkins-Yel addresses race- and gender-based inequities in STEM by developing culturally sustaining interventions through interdisciplinary research-practice-partnerships. Most notably, Dr. Wilkins-Yel founded and co-directs the multi-institutional I CAN PERSIST STEM Initiative, a liberatory counterspace designed to advance STEM persistence among women and girls of color in a manner that centers their thriving. To date, her work has been supported by approximately $5M in federal and private grant awards. Dr. Wilkins-Yel is a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER fellow, as well as the recipient of the APA Emerging Leader for Women in Psychology Award, and the Society for Counseling Psychology’s Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Counseling Psychology.

Funded Grants:

  • #WorkingWhileBlack: Examining how Navigating Gendered Racism at Work Impacts Black Women’s Mental Health. American Psychological Foundation. [Principal Investigator]
  • CAREER: Advancing STEM Persistence among Graduate Women of Color through an Examination of Institutional Contributors and Deterrents to Mental Health. National Science Foundation. [Principal Investigator] Award Abstract # 2048018
  • Collaborative Proposal: What Black Doctoral Students in STEM Want and What Their Faculty are Giving: How the Differences Impact Students’ Mental Health and Career Trajectory Decisions. National Science Foundation. [Principal Investigator at UMB] Award Abstracts #2100349 & #2100408
  • CareerWISE III: Intersectional Perspectives on Associations Between Perceived Supports & Underrepresented Minority Women’s Persistence in STEM Doctoral Programs. National Science Foundation. [Principal Investigator at UMB] Award Abstracts #2019533 & #1761278
  • Analyzing a Multigenerational Mentorship Environment Designed to Advance STEM Persistence of Undergraduate Women of Color. National Science Foundation. [Principal Investigator] Award Abstract #2013465
  • Transforming STEM Career Pathways: Examining a Multigenerational Mentorship Environment to Support Persistence of Women of Color Pursuing STEM Education at Community Colleges. National Science Foundation. [Co-Principal Investigator] Award Abstract # 2044354