Kellina M. Craig-Henderson is a former professor of psychology who currently serves as the assistant director for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She previously served as the acting assistant director and prior to that as the deputy assistant director of SBE. She joined NSF in 2005 as a program director before transitioning into the role of deputy division director of the Social and Economic Sciences Division and then serving as director for NSF's Tokyo Regional Office. Before undertaking full-time federal service at NSF, she was promoted to the rank of full professor in the department of psychology at Howard University.
Dr. Craig-Henderson graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut before attending the Master's Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago where she earned a M.A. Immediately following that she attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology. She served on the faculty in the Department of Psychology as well as the Afro-American Studies and Research program at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. This was followed by an appointment in the Psychology Department of California State University in Long Beach.
Dr. Craig-Henderson is passionate about broadening the participation of underrepresented groups, and has been involved in a number of national and international activities that share this focus. She has taken on a leadership role at the National Science Foundation to promote the establishment of a new social science funding mechanism that supports evidence-based research on the Science of Broadening Participation. Her efforts have resulted in federal support for research examining issues related to gender parity in STEM, minority participation in work settings as well as a number of other areas.
She has published reports detailing her own empirical research in peer-reviewed journals as well as two books on interracial relationships. Her research program includes studies of groups, cross-cultural, gender and race issues, as well as aggression, and expatriation processes. Her work has been supported by a variety of public and private sources including NSF, the Ford Foundation and the American Psychological Association, and she has presented findings from her research activities at a variety of regional, national and international research and pedagogical meetings.