Shannon McClain

  • Assistant Professor
  • Master's Program Coordinator

Shannon McClain, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. McClain specializes broadly in racial and ethnic minority psychology, including particular expertise in African American psychology. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine psychosocial factors impacting the academic achievement and mental health of racial-ethnic minorities in adolescence and early adulthood.

Her recent research has examined factors such as racial and ethnic identity, teacher trust, and impostor phenomenon. Dr. McClain’s peer-reviewed publications have appeared in professional journals such as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, the Journal of Black Psychology, Sex Roles, and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. She completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Prior to joining the faculty at Missouri in 2018, she held a faculty appointment at Towson University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Academic self-concept & academic achievement of racial-ethnic minority students
  • Factors impacting the mental health of racial-ethnic minority students
  • Student-faculty relationships
  • Racial-ethnic identity
  • African American psychology