Anthony G. James, Jr., Ph.D., CFLE

Anthony James, Jr.Special Assistant, Office of the President

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri
M.S. University of Missouri
B.A. Lincoln University

Professional Experience

2012 - Present, Miami University

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors and Awards
2020 Spirit of Western College Award
2020 National Council on Family Relations Social Justice Award
2020 Inclusive Excellence Award (Miami University Athletics)
2019 Community Service Award Honoree (B. T. Washington Center)

2019-2020 Program Evaluation (Butler County Success Program; $18,000)
2019-2020 Program Evaluation (Butler County Kinship Navigator Program; $4600)
2020-2023 Evaluation of School wide Transformation Grant, Phase II; $425,000)

Research (selected publications)

James, A. G., Coard, S. I., Fine, M. A., & Rudy, D. (2018). The central roles of race and racism in reframing family systems theory: A consideration of choice and time. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 10(2), 419-433.

James, A. G. (2020). Black Families: A systems approach. Cognella

Positive Youth Development
Dotterer, A. M., & James, A. (2018). Can parenting microprotections buffer against adolescents’ experiences of racial discrimination?. Journal of youth and adolescence, 47(1), 38-50.

Noltemeyer, A., Palmer, K., James, A. G., & Petrasek, M. (2019). Disciplinary and achievement outcomes associated with school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports implementation level. School Psychology Review, 48(1), 81-87.

James, A., Kaur-Colbert, S., Stohry, H., Hicks, N., & Robinson, V. (2020). Enacting Truth and Reconciliation Through Community-University Partnerships: A Grassroots Approach. ENGAGE! Co-created Knowledge Serving the City, 1(3).

James, A. G. (2021). Diversity, equity, and inclusion: A practical guide. Cognella


Dr. Anthony G. James is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work at Miami University (OH). His scholarly work uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding social interactions and human development, with an expertise in positive youth development, religion and spirituality, diverse family systems, family processes, and program evaluation. His works include publications in referred journals and book chapters, on topics in the areas of youth development and family processes, including an edited book on black family life using a systems perspective. He is the current deputy editor of the journal of Family Theory and Review and a consulting editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence. Dr. James is a certified relationship assessment facilitator through the PREPARE/ENRICH program, a certified family life educator through the National Council on Family Relations. He received his PhD from the University of Missouri.


FSW 475 (Family Theories)
FSW 481 (Adolescent Development)
FSW 724 (Agency Administration)

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The Spiritual Side of Positive Youth Development - with Anthony James

In this episode, we talk about a prosocial movement called positive youth development, its role in helping teens thrive in challenging environments, and the work of Anthony James, who is exploring the role spirituality can play in this process.


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Thriving, Not Just Surviving: The Spiritual Side of Positive Youth Development