Olivenne Skinner

Olivenne Skinner

Assistant Professor




Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and Psychology

Olivenne Skinner

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Black child development; gender development; academic achievement and motivation; intersectional approaches to understanding Black youth's experiences; family relationships


  • Post-Doctoral Training (2014-2017): Penn State University, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ph.D. (2014) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Developmental Psychology
  • BA, New York University, Psychology and Africana Studies

Selected publications


Skinner, O. D., Sun, X., & McHale, S. M. (2020). Longitudinal Linkages Between Expressivity and Parent-Youth Relationships in African American Families: A Dyadic Approach. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 442-454.

Jenkins, A. I. C., Fredman, S. J., Le, Y., Sun, X., Skinner, O. D., & McHale, S. M. (2020). Prospective associations between depressive symptoms and marital satisfaction in Black couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 34, 12-23.

Banales, J., Marchand, A.D., Skinner, O.D., Awino, N., Rowley, S.J., & Kurtz-Costes, B. (2019). Black adolescents’ critical reflection development: parents’ racial socialization and attributions about race achievement gaps. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 30, 403-417.

Kurtz-Costes, B., Hudgens, T., Skinner, O. D., Adams, E. A., & T. M., Rowley, S. (2019). Parents' racial beliefs and racial socialization within African American families. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 65, 54-80.


Courses taught by Olivenne Skinner

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022