Buffie Longmire-Avital is an applied developmental psychologist with a health and well-being focus. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology and coordinator of African and African-American studies at Elon University
Broadly, her research interests focus on how psychosocial and cultural factors contribute to health disparities that impact minority emerging adults. Her current research is two-fold: First, she examines the relationships among psychosocial factors (specifically depression, perceived partner availability, and racial identity) on HIV/AIDS risk behaviors for sexually active emerging adult Black women and men. Second, she explores how chronic minority status stressors (e.g., daily encounters with discrimination and microaggressions) play a part in the development of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and sustain health disparities. Her data collection takes place in non-laboratory settings in partnership with members of the community through various community venues, including online social networking sites. She also incorporates community-based participatory research techniques into most of her projects.
She was recently named the 2018-20 Center for Engaged Learning Scholar. During this term, she will focus on diversity and inclusion in mentored undergraduate research. She will create resources regarding the inclusion of historically underrepresented students in undergraduate research; her work on the topic will be shared on the Center’s website and through other scholarly venues.
Longmire-Avital has served as the guest editor for a special issue of PURM on the topic of historically underrepresented groups in research. She also served as a panelist for a discussion on diversity in experiential learning at the CAA Pedagogy Summit. In March, she facilitated a panel session titled “Are We Sustaining the Pipeline?: Engaging Black Collegians in Undergraduate Research,” at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education annual conference. She also is a member of the Implementation Task Force for Black Faculty, Students, and Staff at Elon. Her involvement in applied research and practice has also been recognized by the National Institutes of Health.