Cynthia E. Winston-Proctor, Ph.D.

Cynthia E Winston-Proctor

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Cynthia Winston-Proctor is a narrative personality psychologist. She is currently a Professor in the Howard University Department of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Identity & Success Research Lab (ISRL) at Howard University. She is also the founder and Principal of Winston Synergy L.L.C., where her practice focus is the development, deployment, and testing of evidence-based models for personal development of women, corporate leaders, and African American adolescent girls. Her program of research centers on interdisciplinary psychological science research on identity, the psychology of success in lives, educational design, and STEM workforce development. To support this interdisciplinary program of research, Dr. Winston has been awarded more than ten million dollars of extramural funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Psychological Association, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Winston has been appointed to several significant national and university leadership service roles related to her expertise in education, research, psychology, and STEM workforce development. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Qualitative Psychology, a peer review scientific journal of the American Psychological Association. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Society of Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, a section of the division of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods of the American Psychological Association. In addition, she is the President of the Society of STEM Women of Color, the largest academic professional society of women of color in STEM in the country. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science.

Dr. Winton serves as the Co-Principal Investigator of the Howard University ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Project and is responsible for leading the HU ADVANCE-IT Experience Study. At the beginning of her academic career she received the National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award for Scientists and Engineers, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for early career scientists and engineers. She is the recipient of the Howard University Faculty Senate Emerging Scholar Award. Dr. Winston’s national professional fellowships include awards as a University of New Hampshire, Writing Academy Summer Faculty Fellow and an Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), Preparing Critical Faculty of the Future Fellow.

Previously, Dr. Winston served as Director of Educational, Fellowship, and Internship Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Professor at Brown University. She earned a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University.