Faculty & Staff

Gregory Braswell

Associate Professor
  • I teach a variety of courses with developmental research methods, Black psychology, and educational psychology being my usual courses. In all of my classes, I focus on cultural contexts and on how psychology can be applied professionally and personally.
  • I am interested in how communities support children's learning of various skills including how to read, play and draw pictures. More specifically, I have studied children's development in the context of museums, schools and homes. Also, I am interested in parents' beliefs about how children develop. This work is informed by various sociocultural theories of human functioning.
  • Ph D - 2000
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Champaign, Illinois
  • MA - 1996
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Champaign, Illinois
  • BA - 1994
  • Earlham College
  • Richmond, Indiana
  • Funk, A. M., Jenkins, S., Astroth, K. S., Braswell, G., & Kerber, C. (2017). A narrative analysis of sibling grief. Journal of Loss and Trauma. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2017.1396281
  • Braswell, G. S. (2016). Creation and validation of an observational tool to assess children's domain-general skills at museum exhibits. Visitor Studies, 19, 211-224.
  • Braswell, G. S. (in press). Preschool children’s participation in representational and non-representational activities. Journal of Early Childhood Research.
  • Braswell, G. S. (2015). Observations of representational practices by Indian-descent children in a US preschool classroom: Connections among people, spaces and artifacts. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43, 135-142.
  • Braswell, G. S. (December, 2017). How to dismantle hegemonic approaches to psychology in three easy steps. Paper presented at Illinois State University’s Department of Psychology Brown Bag Series.
  • Han, S., Braswell, G, DeSouza, E. R., & Rivadeneyra, G. (2016, October). Critical Reflection on Teaching and Addressing Diversity in the Classroom: Philosophy, Pedagogy, and More. 2016 Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference: Uniting to Challenge Systems of Oppression. Illinois State University, Normal, Il.
  • Braswell, G. S. (June, 2016). Going with the flow: The impact of a water-based exhibit on visito behavior at a hands-on museum. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Chicago, IL.