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John Fife

Fife, John, PhD

Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor

Phone: 804-524-5456
Fax: 804-524-5460
Location: Hunter McDaniel, Rm 41 N-A


  • PhD in Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • BA in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
  • BA in African American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA


  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Research Interests

  • HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Impact of Spirituality on Educational and Health Outcomes

Courses Taught

  • Graduate:  Group psychotherapy, multicultural psychology
  • Undergraduate:  Introduction to psychology, abnormal psychology, tests and measurements, African American psychology, culture and diversity

Faculty Collaborators at Other Universities

  • Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Angela Byars-Winston, University of Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Adekunle Adegoke, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • Dr. Maya Corneille (University of North Carolina, A&T)

John E. Fife is an associate professor of psychology at Virginia State University, where he teaches and mentors students in the psychology Masters program and the Clinical Health Sciences track of the Health Psychology Ph.D. program. John is the author of several publications in the journals of Men and Masculinity, North American Journal of Psychology, Psychological Reports, Journal of Instructional Psychology, College Student Journal and others.

Dr. Fife’s research interests center on creating HIV and substance abuse interventions and on examining the role of spirituality on health and educational outcomes. Dr. Fife recently acquired an HIV prevention grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The project is 1) gathering data to investigate the attitudes, knowledge and beliefs of older African American in the area of HIV/AIDS. The project will also develop and evaluate a culturally congruent age-appropriate HIV intervention program for African Americans (50 years and above), and will develop a cadre of elderly African American peer educators from various social, religious and civic groups to take the message of HIV to various settings.

Dr. Fife’s research also examines the role of cultural and contextual variables on STEM learning in African American students. Dr. Fife completed her undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA, and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. In the 5 years that he has been at VSU, he has trained 23 students to conduct prevention and health services research. Dr. Fife has presented over 20 research presentations and five of his students have published manuscripts with him. Dr. Fife and his students are also involved in the Virginia State University Healthy Initiative, a research project that seeks to understand and change health outcomes among VSU students.

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