Temilola Salami


Temilola Salami


(936) 294-1180

Department of Psychology & Philosophy, Sam Houston State University, Campus Box 2447, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2447

Department: Psychology

Assistant Professor

Dr. Salami is the Director of the weTHRIVE Lab

Dr. Temilola Salami is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. She joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in the Fall of 2017 and is the director of The Health and Resilience Initiative for Vulnerable and Excluded Groups (weTHRIVE) lab. Dr. Salami received her B.A. in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Salami’s pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship took place at the Medical University of South Carolina and she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/ Ben Taub Hospital. Dr. Salami has received broad clinical training with her main clinical and research interests focusing on the psychological sequela of trauma and discrimination.

Dr. Salami has a strong interest in understanding health disparities among diverse groups with a focus on supporting positive health outcomes among underserved and marginalized populations. Her main aim is to bridge the health disparities gap by targeting biological, psychological, and social factors that cause, maintain or exacerbate symptoms, or increase barriers to service utilization. Dr. Salami’s work is predominantly with racially/ethnically diverse populations, though her research also focuses on other marginalized populations such as immigrant populations and victims of human trafficking.

Selected Publications

  • Salami, T. K., Carter, S., Cordova, B., & Walker, R. L. (Accepted). Race-related stress, depressive symptoms, cultural worldview, eating disorder pathology in a community sample of African American women: A moderated mediation analysis. Journal of Black Psychology.
  • Metzger, I. W., Salami, T. K., Carter, S., Halliday-Boykins, C., Anderson, R. E., Jernigan, M. M., & Ritchwood, T. (2018). African American emerging adults’ experiences with racial discrimination and drinking habits: The moderating roles of perceived stress. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 24(4), 489.
  • Gordon, M., Salami, T. K., Coverdale, J., & Nguyen, P. T. (2018). Psychiatry’s Role in the Management of Human Trafficking Victims: An Integrated Care Approach. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 24(2), 79-86.
  • Salami, T. K., Gordon, M., Coverdale, J., & Nguyen, P. T. (2018). What therapies are favored in the treatment of the psychological sequelae of trauma in human trafficking victims? Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 24(2), 87-96.
  • Odafe, M. O., Salami, T. K., & Walker, R. L. (2017). Race-related stress and hopelessness in community-based African American adults: Moderating role of social support. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(4), 561-569.
  • Allan, N. P., Conner, K. R., Pigeon, W. R., Gros, D. F., Salami, T. K., & Stecker, T. (2017). Insomnia and suicidal ideation and behaviors in former and current US service members: Does depression mediate the relations? Psychiatry Research, 252, 296-302
  • Walker, R. L., Salami, T. K., Carter, S., & Flowers, K. C. (2017). Religious coping style and cultural worldview are associated with suicide ideation among African American adults. Archives of Suicide Research, 1-12.
  • Gaskin-Wasson, A. L., Calamaras, M. R., LoParo, D., Goodnight, B. L., Remmert, B. C., Salami, T. K., ... & Kaslow, N. J. (2017). Childhood emotional abuse, self/other attachment, and hopelessness in African-American women. Attachment & Human Development, 19(1), 22-37.
  • Salami, T. K., Walker, R. L., & Beach, S. R. (2017). Comparison of helplessness and hopelessness as sources of cognitive vulnerability among black and white college students. Journal of Black Psychology, 43(6), 565-587.

Awarded Grants

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (Sam Houston State University)

  • Grant: Interdisciplinary Collaborations
    • Grant Title: The stressful political information in America survey: Politics and psychology 
    • PI: Dennis Weng
    • Total Amount: $19,963
    • Award Period: Funding for 2020 Academic year

Sponsored Promising Undergraduate Research (S.P.U.R.; Sam Houston State University)

  • Grant: Faculty and Student Team (FAST) 
    • Grant Title: The stressful political information in America survey: Politics and psychology 
    • PI: Temilola Salami, Chelsea Ratcliff, Dennis Weng
    • Total Amount: $9,000

Office of the Texas Governor

  • Grant: Victims of Crime Act 
    • Grant Title: Post Critical Incident Seminar 
    • PI: Rita Watkins 
    • Total Amount: $533,263
    • Total Requested Amount For Research Evaluator Role: $26,527
    • Award Period: Summer 2019

Enhancement Research Grant (Sam Houston State University)

  • Grant: Enhancement Research Grant 
    • Grant Title: Discrimination and Substance Use among Ethnic Minority Young Adults
    • PI: Craig Henderson
    • Total Amount: $15,000
    • Award Period: 2018-2019


* denotes courses currently taught

  • Honors Dialogue Seminar: Race, Sex, and Gender Identity (Honors: 3375)
  • Social Psychology (PSYC: 3381; online)
  • *Theory & Research in Psychotherapy I (PSYC: 5333; Graduate Level)
  • *Multicultural Psychology (PSYC: 7360; Graduate Level)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC: 3331; in person and online)
  • Doctoral Practicum II (PSYC: 8383; Graduate Level)

Course evals (averaged)

  • 4.6

  • Clinical Psychology Program Diversity Committee (2019- present)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2017-present)
  • Chair, diversity fellow search work group (2018-present)
  • Member, African American history and culture work group (2017-present)
  • Member, Arab and Muslim awareness work group (2018-present)
  • McNair Scholars Program Faculty Mentor (2018-present)
    • Student: Alexus Uhl
  • Master’s Program Admissions Committee Member (2018-present)
  • Faculty and Staff of Color Network member (2018-present)



Doctorate of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, University of Georgia (APA-accredited), Athens, GA
July 2016


Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Summer 2012


Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Behavioral Science, Minor in Arts of Education, McGill University, Montreal, QC
July 2007