Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills

Professor of Psychology and Director of Psychology Applied Research Center

Loyola Marymount University

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Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills is a clinical psychologist with a current emphasis in Community Psychology. On the faculty of Loyola Marymount University for the past 34 years, she is a Professor of Psychology and Director of their Psychology Applied Research Center.  She is national past President of The Association of Black Psychologists and currently serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections, which focuses on conditions and practices within county jails and correctional facilities. She also served as Co-Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection whose work led to significant reforms in LA County’s approach to child welfare, including establishment of an Office of Child Protection. Dr. Grills is also the Founder and Executive Director of Imoyase Community Support Services, a non-profit organization providing action research, program evaluation and strategic technical assistance to social justice and social service community-based organizations for 30 years.


Dr. Grills currently works in the area of racial stress focuses on training associated with racism, racial stress, implicit bias and the development of community-based self-help models to address the negative effects of racism on people of African ancestry in the US and globally. Her research interests, publications, and projects include African Psychology, African-centered models of treatment engagement with African-Americans; substance abuse prevention and treatment; community psychology; community mental health, prevention, and action research; and program evaluation with community-based organizations engaged in social action, community change and prevention on a host of issues.  She is the Principal Investigator and leads the Alliance’s national COVID needs assessment project.

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