Kenneth Ghee

Associate Professor
Africana Studies - Tenure-Track Faculty
3611 French Hall

Professional Summary

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Dr. Kenneth L. Ghee was born in Harlem, New York in 1956 and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1974 he earned an academic scholarship and in 1978 his B.A. degree in Psychology from Boston University. He went on to earn the Masters degree in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Health & Social Psychology at the University of Houston in 1983. Dr. Ghee came to the University of Cincinnati in 1985 with joint appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychology.  He was tenured in Psychology in 1993. After 23 years in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. Over the years, Dr. Ghee has received numerous teaching and community service awards including the "Emphasis on Diversity Award" and the "Outstanding Faculty Award" from UC Student Organizations. In 1992, Dr. Ghee was awarded the All-University George Barbour Award for outstanding faculty-student relations in and outside the classroom at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ghee is recognized as a dynamic lecturer and he is a popular professor at UC. He was featured in the 1998 University of Cincinnati Information View Book and in 1999 he was featured in the Admissions Office Recruitment brochure, in an article entitled "Your Favorite Professor". In 2001 he received the "Just Community" Award for promoting the ideals of a just and caring community. In 2006 Dr. Ghee was awarded the All-University A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for excellence in University Teaching and the 2006 Edith C. Alexander Award for Distinguished Teaching. He also was recognized by the Department of Athletics with the 2006 Simon Anderson Award for his longstanding work with student athletes. Dr. Ghee also developed and co-directs the PR1ZE program (Putting Retention 1st in the Zest for Excellence) in the college of Arts and Sciences to foster and promote retention and graduation for under-served students.


PhD, University of Houston, 1983.

BA, Boston University, 1978 (Psychology).

Research Interests

Psychosocial influences on achievement motivation; cultural identity development; community and media-based youth intervention methods with educational and cultural applications for at-risk and disadvantaged youth; cultural mythology and the role of media and popular culture in the social learning process.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Iobst, E A; Ritchey, P N; Nabors, L A; Stutz, R; Ghee, K; Smith, D T. (2009) Children's acceptance of a peer who is overweight: relations among gender, age and blame for weight status. International journal of obesity 33 p736-742

Ghee, K.L., Walker, J, Younger, A. (1997) The RAAMUS Academy: Evaluation of a two year Edu-Cultural After-School Intervention with African American Adolescents. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.16 (2): 87 - 102

Brown, K., Ghee K.L., et al. (1995) Maternal Influences on Body Satisfaction in Black and White Girls Aged 9 and 10: NHLBI Growth and Health Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 17(3):213-220

Evans, R.I, Turner, S.H, Ghee, K.L, & Getz G.J. (1990) Is Androgynous Sex Role Related to Cigarette Smoking in Adolescents? Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 20(6): 494-505

Ghee, K.L. (1990) Enhancing Educational Achievement through Cultural Awareness in Young Black Males. The Western Journal of Black Studies. 14(2):77-89

Ghee, K.L. (1990) The Psychological Importance of Self Definition and Labeling: "Black" versus "African American". The Journal of Black Psychology. 17(1):75-93

Ghee, K.L. (1988) The History, Ideology, and Behavior of Positive Black Men: Yesterday and Today - A Position Paper. The Griot: Journal of the Southern Conference of Afro-American Studies. 7(2):3-9.

Ghee, K.L. (1987) Who's Stereotyping Who? A Conceptual and Theoretical Reinterpretation of the Sagar and Schofield (1981) Study. Journal of Black Psychology 14(1):17 23

Ghee, K.L., Rozelle, R.M., and Baxter, J.C.(1986) The Effects of Race Similarity on Interpersonal Judgment in the Graduate Selection Interview. British Journal of Social Psychology, 25: 277 285

Second, P.F., and Ghee, K.L. (1986) Implications of the Black "Marriage Market" for Family Conflict. Journal of Family Issues, 7(1):21 30

Russell, M.L., Ghee, K.L., Probstfield, J.L., and Insull, W. Jr. (1983). Development of Standardized Simulated Patients for Quality Control of the Clinical Interview. Controlled Clinical Trials, 4:197 208

Russell, M.L., Ghee, K.L., Probstfield, J.L., and Insull, W. Jr. (1982). Developing Simulated Patients for Training and Evaluating Trial Staff in Adherence Counseling.(Abstract) Controlled Clinical Trials, 3(2):155.

Book Chapters

Ghee, K.L. (1994) Edu-Culture: An Innovative Strategy for Promoting Identity and Scholarship in Young African American Males. In Jones & Borman (Eds.) (Book Chapter) Investing In U.S. Schools: Directions for Educational Policy. NJ. Ablex Publishing Corporation. pp. 102 - 125

Ghee, K.L., Walker, J, Younger, A. (1997) The RAAMUS Academy: Evaluation of a two year Edu-Cultural After-School Intervention with African American Adolescents. (Book Chapter) Watts & Jagers (eds.) Manhood Development in Urban African-American Communities. pp. 87 - 102

Paper Presentations

Gateways to Achievement for African American Youth. 18th Annual Assoc. of CITE (Consortium of Information and Telecommunications Executives) Youth Forum , Baltimore, MD. 09/28/2001.

Developing African Centered Leadership in the New Millennium. 11th Annual African American Leadership Conference , Cincinnati, OH. 05/05/2000.

Skills, Attributes, Weapons and Resources for college success. Central State University's Collegiate Visitation Weekend Program, Wilberforce, OH. 04/15/2000.

Combating the Assault on African-American Children. Black Child Development Institute, Inc. 7th Annual Training Conference, Pittsburgh, Penn. 05/13/1999.

Bridging the Gap Between Cultures. University of Cincinnati, Images of Color Program, Cincinnati, OH. 01/24/1998.

Afrocentric Mythology as Social Change Agent. University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychology Clinical Case Conference, Cincinnati, OH. 04/05/1996.

NGHS Writing Group. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Obesity in Black and White Girls: The NHLBI Growth and Health Study/Further Analyses. Annual Conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Wash., D.C.. 03/23/1991.

NGHS Writing Group. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Obesity in Pre-Adolescent Black and White Girls: The NHLBI Growth and Health Study/Baseline. Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, New York, New York. 10/03/1990.

The Psychological Importance of Self Definition and Labeling: "Black" versus "African - American". Annual Conference of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists , Atlanta, GA. 03/30/1989.

Enhancing Educational Achievements Through Cultural Awareness in Young Black Males. Southern Conference on Afro-American Studies , Baton Rouge, LA. 02/24/1989.

RAAMUS (Responsible African Men United in Spirit): A plan for action. Southern Conference on Afro American Studies , Greensboro, NC. 03/26/1988.

Status Incongruence and Black Marital Conflict. The Association of Black Psychologists National Convention, Chicago, Illinois. 08/09/1985.

Honors & Awards

Belenky Award for faculty dedication and commitment to teaching and mentoring student majors in the Psychology Department, .

Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, Medal of Appreciation for valuable work and contributions to students in the Turner Scholars Program, .

All-University A.B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching, .

The College of Arts & Sciences, Edith C. Alexander Award for Distinguished Teaching, .

The Simon Anderson Faculty Recognition Award, (by UC student athletes and the Department of Athletics), .

Just Community Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions that Promote the Ideals of a Just and Caring Community., .

The Alain Locke Award for recognized community work and scholarship promoting a progressive and positive cultural ideology, .

Cincinnati Blue Chip Television Award for innovation television production, .

The Philo T. Farnsworth Television Award for excellence in community programming , .

All University George B. Barbour Award for Outstanding Faculty / Student Relations., .

Post Graduate Training & Education

1983-1985, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, University of Houston, Central Campus, Houston Texas.

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

The Association of Black Psychologists.

Courses Taught