Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D.


Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

(804) 827-3908

Bird House, 820 W. Franklin St, Room 101

Health Psychology



Social Psychology


  • Ph.D.: University of Maryland, College Park, 1982

Research Interests

Dr. Faye Belgrave's work is community and intervention focused and attends to aspects of culture (gender, ethnicity, age, and place, etc.) to promote well-being among African American youth and young adults. Belgrave works collaboratively with community based agencies to identify and implement relevant programming and research. Recent projects provided culturally integrated substance abuse, HIV prevention, and sex education curriculums to African American college students and students attending middle school. In another project, they implemented and evaluated a culturally specific HIV prevention intervention for African American females; this project was expanded by including a male component. Another study examines the role of culture and community in tobacco and other drug use among African American youth in rural and urban communities. Additionally, Belgrave's work has involved other areas of health promotion (e.g., prevention of cancer, diabetes, depression) and with other ethnic minority populations (e.g., Latinas and Asian Americans). Their activities and research have included collaborative work with local school systems, Churches and faith based institutions, community based youth servicing agencies, local health clinics, and Black Colleges and Universities among others. Belgrave's most recent work has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Office on Women's Health.

Select Publications


  • African American Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Program Evaluation, graduate level
  • Social Psychology, graduate level


  • Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association, 2018
  • VCU Council for Community Engagement’s Currents of Change Award for Exemplary Partnership in Research (Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention). Award recognizes exceptional university-community partnerships, 2016-17
  • Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME Award), VCU Award recognizes individual who has made significant contributions to enhance VCU’s commitment to diversity, 2014
  • Riese-Melton Award, Virginia Commonwealth University. Award given for outstanding contributions to cross-cultural relations, 2014
  • American Psychological Association, Minority Fellowship Program. James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
  • State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, Outstanding Faculty, State of Virginia. (Annual award given to twelve faculties selected from universities, colleges, and community colleges in State of Virginia), 2008