N. Keita Christophe

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor


Contact Information:


Office: 2001 McGill College, 1409
Phone: 514.398.3982
Email: keita.christophe[at]mcgill.ca


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 14th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1


N. Keita Christophe

Dr. Christophe received his B.A. in Psychology from Washington College (2017), followed by an M.A. in Clinical Psychology (2019) and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (2021) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his doctoral studies, he was a National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) T32 Predoctoral Fellow at the Carolina Consortium on Human Development. Prior to joining McGill, Dr. Christophe was an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University.

Research Areas:

Developmental Science

Research Summary:

In my research, I employ a wide range of quantitative tools to examine (1) the impact of discrimination on trajectories of psychopathology and wellbeing among racially/ethnically minoritized and immigrant youth, (2) how cultural factors such as ethnic-racial identity, the way parents talk to their children about race and discrimination (i.e., parental ethnic-racial socialization), cultural values, youth activism, and culturally-embedded forms of coping (shift-&-persist, religious coping, etc.) may reduce the harmful impacts of discrimination among youth and families. I also have (3) a line of measurement-focused work that aims to create, evaluate, and improve the measurement tools we have to better study cultural processes in minoritized communities.

In terms of specific populations, my work has focused mainly on Black, Latinx, and Multiracial youth, but I have some work on other populations as well. Upcoming projects will focus on the long term and daily impacts of exposure to discrimination, the factors youth use to effectively cope with discrimination, and the change in these processes and their effectiveness as a function of development and context.

Dr. Christophe will be accepting graduate student applications for the Fall 2023 (due December 1st, 2022).

Selected References:

Christophe, N.K., Stein, G.L., Kiang, L., Johnson, N.C., Jones, C.T., Stevenson, H.C., Anyiwo, N., & Anderson, R.E. (2022). A 21st Century Take on Patterns of Racial-Ethnic Socialization: Competency and Content among Minoritized Parents. Social Sciences. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11020088

Christophe, N.K. & Stein, G.L. (2022). Facilitating the study of familism across racial/ethnic groups: Creation of the Short Attitudinal Familism Scale. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000954

Christophe, N.K. & Stein, G.L. (2021). Shift-&-Persist and discrimination predicting depression across the life course: An accelerated longitudinal design using MIDUSI-III. Development and Psychopathology, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579421000146

Christophe, N.K., Martin Romero, M.Y., Hope, E.C, & Stein, G.L. (2021). Critical civic engagement in Black college students: Interplay between discrimination, centrality, and preparation for bias. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000600

Christophe, N.K., Stein, G.L., Martin Romero, M.Y., Chan, M., Jensen, M., Gonzalez L.M., Kiang, L. (2019). Coping and culture: The protective effects of shift-and-persist and ethnic-racial identity on depressive symptoms in Latinx youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(8), 1592–1604. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01037-8


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