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Counseling Psychology

Joslyn Armstrong

Assistant Professor

  • Joslyn Armstrong

Dr. Joslyn Armstrong is an educator, an associate-licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Florida & Oregon, and an AAMFT-approved supervisor candidate. Joslyn is an assistant professor in the marriage, couple, & family therapy program. She is an active member in AAMFT and NCFR organizations. Dr. Armstrong is a former fellow recipient of the AAMFT Minority Fellowship program. 

Personal Statement

In my work I aim to shift the narratives of fathers, specifically Black fathers within Black families. I utilize an intersectional feminist framework in my research and teaching. 

Areas of Expertise

  • African American/Black fatherhood
  • Black father-child relationship quality
  • Intersectionality of sexuality, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation for underrepresented groups

Current Research

  • Father identity & father involvement in Black families
  • Black father-child relationship quality and closeness
  • Feminist approaches to Black Fatherhood
  • Black father and child outcomes such as mental health, substance use, addiction
  • Intersectionality of race, religion, and gender in sexual behaviors for Black women and LGBT+ populations 

Publications

Armstrong, J., & Harris, S. (2019, Fall). The resiliency of black fathers dealing with work-family conflict. NCFR Report, Volume 64.3, pg. F8-9.

Armstrong, J., Chavez Carlos, F. L., Jones, J. H., Harris, S., & Harris, G. J. (2019). “A Dream Deferred”: How discrimination impacts the American dream achievement for African Americans. Journal of Black Studies, 50(3), 227-250.

Moore, D. D., Jefferson, B., & Armstrong, J. (2018). Barriers to successful fatherhood among African American men. The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies, 37(1), 54-82.

Presentations

2020     Armstrong, J., & Harris, S. Enhancing Black Father-Child Relationship Quality. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Orlando, Florida

2020     Armstrong, J., & Williams, D. Intersectionality of Black Women’s Sexuality & Religion. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Orlando, Florida

2019     Armstrong, J. Black Father Incarceration: Implications for Father Involvement and Father-Child Relationship Quality. National Council of Family Relations annual conference, Forth Worth, Texas.

2019     Armstrong, J. Work-Family Balance by Black Fathers. Fellows Society Research Sharing Luncheon at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

2018     Armstrong, J. Impact of Ageism on Older Adult Sexual Risk in Couple’s therapy. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Louisville, Kentucky

2018     Harris, S., Armstrong, J., & Harris, G. Black Fathers Discuss Race & Discrimination with Children. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Louisville, Kentucky

2018     Jones, J. H., Armstrong, J., Harris, S., Chavez, F. C., & Harris, G. Perceived Discrimination-Anxiety and Stress in African American families. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Louisville, Kentucky

2018     Armstrong, J., Williams, D., & Harris, G. Women’s Sexual Behaviors Influenced by Religion and Depression. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Louisville, Kentucky

Academic Credentials

2019- Ph.D in Marriage & Family Therapy, Florida State University

2015- M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Tech University

2013- BS in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences, University of Florida