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Cerenity E Collins

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Cerenity received her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2024. Her research focuses on racialized emotion, racial identity processes, social networks, and health. Her dissertation engages with W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of double consciousness to examine the identity management strategies, emotions, and health of Black STEM students. Her prior work focused on how race and other social positions impact reported affective sentiments. Her dissertation research has been supported by the Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship and the University of Georgia Graduate School Dean’s Award. She is also an SREB-Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) Dissertation Year Award recipient for 2023-2024.

Cerenity is also engaged in several collaborative projects. In an article currently under revise and resubmit, Cerenity and her coauthors examine the relationship between racial discrimination, psychosocial resources, and long-term health outcomes for Black Americans. In a second project, Cerenity and her collaborator conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews to understand mental health care access and decision making among LGBTQ+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other current projects include a project exploring the link between racial identity, gender, and emotion complexity and a paper exploring identity processes in middle school STEM students.

Cerenity has worked as a research assistant on multisite and interdisciplinary research teams for multiple projects funded by National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office. She has also served as project manager on multiple studies conducted in the Laboratory for the Study of Social Interaction (LaSSI) including a study focused on developing new measures for studying identity-based emotions.


M.A., Sociology, University of Georgia 2019

B.S., Psychology, University of Georgia 2016




  • Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship ($7000)
  • University of Georgia Department of Sociology Small Grants Fund ($464) w/Sarah M. Groh


  • University of Georgia Graduate School Dean’s Award ($5000)


  • RED Seed Grant ($500) w/Sarah M. Groh


  • RED Seed Grant ($500)
Of Note:


  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) – Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) Dissertation Award


  • Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship


  • University of Georgia Graduate School Dean’s Award
  • Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship


  • 2020 ICQCM Spencer Scholar
  • 2020 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention
  • 2020 ANU Fellowship in the Study of Role-taking
  • 2020 B.O. Williams Outstanding Graduate Student MA Award 


  • Duke Social Networks & Health Fellow


  • Balkwell-Fine Outstanding Student of Group Processes Award 
Events featuring Cerenity E Collins
MLC 214

Join us for a discussion of W.E.B. Du Bois' theory of double consciousness and social psychological work on identity as well as the experiences of Black STEM students.  The purpose of the study is to understand how social network factors within organizations shape how Black STEM students use identity management strategies to cope with experiences of…