• tierra.ellis@bison.howard.edu


Ms. Tierra Ellis is a third-year doctoral student in the school psychology program, School of Education at Howard University.  Her research interests include the relationship of behavioral referrals in school and the academic pipeline of African American boys and juvenile delinquency; school achievement for at-risk youth; concept of self and self-identity in social media; and culturally-competent instruction in STEM. She is an Arizona native, by way of California; and has learned how to adapt to many environments with a smile.  She attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, where she earned two (2) Bachelor of Art degrees in Psychology and African & African American Studies, with a minor in Dance. Her hobbies entail playing her guitar and running.

Current Research

Expanding NCAS’ Capacity for Conducting Informal Science Education Research on Societal Concerns and Environmental Literacy.



Ellis, T. (2016, February). Shifting the Focus of Behavioral Referrals for African American Males. Upcoming Poster presentation at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologist, New Orleans, LA.

Ellis, T. (2016, January). Higher Heights on Environmental Education in a Formal and Informal Education Setting: Examining the Effect of the Adopt-A-School Program on the Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, Behaviors, and Identities toward the Atmospheric Sciences Among African American Children. Upcoming Poster presentation at 14th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Bowman, N., Ellis, T., Gibson, A., Johnson, A., (June, 2015). Evaluating the Effects of Academic Support on Recidivism Rates with Juvenile Offender. Poster presented at the North America Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (NACCJPC) 3rd Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

Brown, A.L., Ellis, T., & Hardy, D. (2015, June). “What you workin’ with”: Sexting and the Self-production of Pornography. Poster presented at the American Family Therapy Academy 2015 Annual Meeting & Open Conference, Vancouver, WA.

Ellis, T. (2015, April). Relationship of behavioral referrals in school and the Academic Pipeline of African American boys and juvenile delinquency: The role of the School Psychologist in working with the African American male. Poster presentation presented at annual convention of Maryland School Psychologist’ Association, Beltsville, MD.

Bowman, N., Dugas, J., Ellis, T., McIntyre, T., (2015, April). Math Achievement and Racial Academic Identity: Understanding How Racial and Academic Identity Impacts Math Achievement. Poster presentation presented at Howard University Research Day Symposium 2015, Washington, D.C.

Rankin, K., Simpson, T., Ellis, T., Banks, R., Reed, G., (2014, February). School Psychologist: Working with Chronically Ill Children. Poster presentation presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologist, Washington, D.C.


Howard University School Psychology Scholar of The Year Award 2014-2015