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Erylene Piper-Mandy, Ph.D.

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  • Phone: (562) 985-1386
  • Office: F02-223
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays@ 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Research Interests

Dr. Piper-Mandy’s research focuses on three areas. First, she is interested in the development of cross-cultural competence in social service and public welfare agencies, where she has for the past fifteen years trained numerous public and private agencies in the effectiveness of multiculturalism in the workplace for both clients and staff. She is also committed to training social workers and psychologists in multiculturalism at the graduate level. Dr. Piper-Mandy’s second area of interest is in the development of psychological theory and intervention in the African American community. Recently, she has worked in conjunction with the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists on their project to provide continued support for Hurricane Katrina victims. Dr. Piper-Mandy’s research is also focused on the association between psychological and spiritual growth systems. She is currently writing a chapter for a Sage publication on the growth of multiculturalism among spiritual leaders. She also regularly teaches in the Department of Black Studies.


MA (1976) in African American Studies from Boston University, MA (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine


HDEV 180: Lifespan Human Development

HDEV 307I :

Approaches to Childhood Through Adolescence

HDEV 357I :

Approaches to Adolescence Through Aging

HDEV 360 :

Cultural Foundations in Human Development