Episode 2: Dr. Tamara Avant of South University

An empowering discussion with Dr. Tamara Avant, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Congratulations on the recent promotion!) for Academic Services and Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the College of Health Professions at South University in Savannah, Georgia. We discuss trusting your “mom-gut,” the importance of being happy where you are, raising boy feminists and how imposter syndrome and workplace stereotypes affect working moms:

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Show Notes:

South University (Savannah, Georgia)

It’s Ok to Not Like Things (NSFW!)

Shonda Rhimes’ 2014 Commencement Address at Dartmouth

Lean In (shortcut to the book here)

Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Initial Atlantic Response to Lean In and the NYT Interview About her New Book – Unfinished Business

Dr. Avant in her South University office, with her “constant companion” – her Tervis coffee tumbler decorated with photos of her husband and son!


Avant, T. S., Cellini, T., & Massey, H. (Under review). All hands on deck: Engaging staff, faculty, and administration in the persistence of at-risk students. ACPA Developments.

Avant, T. S., Gazelle. H., & Faldowski, R. A. (2011). Classroom emotional climate as a moderator of anxious solitary children’s longitudinal risk for peer exclusion: A child × environment model. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1711-1727. doi:  10.1037/a0024021

Spangler, T. L., & Gazelle, H. (2009). Anxious solitude, unsociability, and peer exclusion in middle childhood: A multi-trait multi-method matrix. Social Development, 18, 833-856.  doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2008.00517.x

Gazelle, H. & Spangler, T. L. (2007). Early childhood anxious solitude and subsequent peer relationships: Maternal and cognitive moderators. In S. Friedman (Ed.), Special issue: New findings from secondary data analysis: Results from the NIHCD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 28, 515-535. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2007.06.006


Jerpi, L. (2012, June). Adventure travel – More than just a day at the beach. South Source. Retrieved from http://source.southuniversity.edu/adventure-travel-more-than-just-a-day-at-the-beach-89096.aspx.

Britt, D. (2012, October). The psychology behind voting behavior. South Source.Retrieved from http://source.southuniversity.edu/the-psychology-behind-voting-behavior-106983.aspx.

Donley, M. (2011, January). Examining the mob mentality. South Source. Retrieved from http://source.southuniversity.edu/examining-the-mob-mentality-31395.aspx.

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