Alex Ajayi

Assistant Professor

Hagfors CSBR 221
CB 32

Dr. Alex Ajayi recently joined the Augsburg University psychology faculty. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and completed his APA-accredited doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Hennepin County Medical Center (now Hennepin Healthcare). Alex teaches Counseling Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality and Cultural Context, Research Methods and Statistics, and Principles of Psychology at Augsburg.

Alex’s primary research program focuses on social identity development and the experiences of socially marginalized populations. He is intrigued by how people come to understand their social identities and the intersections among them, and how this understanding relates to sociocultural contexts, psychosocial functioning, and mental health. Alex is also interested in health psychology and how psychological disorders interact with various physical health concerns and medical outcomes. He continues to work with patients on a limited basis as a behavioral health research clinician at the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute. In this role and as part of an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial, he provides integrated psychological interventions to patients with comorbid depression, chronic pain, and HIV.


B.A. Lawrence University

Ph.D. University of Minnesota


Grier-Reed, T. & Ajayi, A. A. (in press, 2018). Incorporating humanistic values and techniques in a culturally-responsive therapeutic intervention for African American college students. Journal of Humanistic Counseling.

Grier-Reed, T., Gagner, N., & Ajayi, A. A. (in press, 2018). (En)countering a White racial frame at a predominantly White institution: The case of the African American student network. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity

Syed, M. & Ajayi, A. A. (2018). Promises and pitfalls in the integration of intersectionality with development science. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, (161), 109-117

Mitchell, L. L., Kathawalla, U. K., Ajayi, A. A., Fish, J., Nelson, S. C., Peissig, L. H. M., & Syed, M. (2018). Racial/ethnic typicality and its relation to ethnic identity and psychological functioning. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 24(3), 400-413.

Ajayi A. A & Syed, M. (2016). How stigma gets under the skin: Internalized oppression and dual minority stress among Black sexual minorities. In J. M. Sullivan and W. E. Cross (Eds.), Meaning-Making, Internalized Racism, and African American Identity (pp. 211-229). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Ajayi, A. A. & Syed, M. (2014). Links between patterns of ethnic-racial socialization and discrimination experiences and psychological adjustment: A cluster analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 37(7), 1011-1020.

Haines, B. A., Ajayi, A. A., & Boyd, H. (2014). Making trans parents visible: Challenges in the intersections of trans and parenting identities. Feminism & Psychology, 24, 238-247.