Black Girl Identity Study

Welcome On White Isolate Background by jk1991

  • Have you or your daughter had your/her voice heard about your/her experience of being a Black Girl?
  • So much is happening today, and Black Girls are largely getting lost in the shuffle.
  • This is a chance to have you and your Black Girl’s Voice heard and appreciated.
  • Completed participation = GIFT CARD as thanks!
  • See below for more details, and how to contact me to get your voice heard!


Welcome to the Black Girl Study. This website is designed to give you more information about the research conducted by Charlene Brown for her doctoral dissertation. Below you will find an overview of the study, some information about Charlene, and the ability to contact her if you are interested in participating.

Background: For her doctoral dissertation, Charlene is asking Black teen girls what goes into the formation of their identities. Having been a curious and complex Black girl once herself, Charlene wants to know how girls today are navigating through the ever-more-complex world we live in. In the academic world of research, relatively little is done or asked about Black teen girls. Charlene is using her doctoral research to combine her passion for the well-being of teen girls of color with the academic world in the hope of serving the greater good by bringing Black girls’ voices to the forefront.

African Executive Holding Clipboard” by stockimages ID-10092757The Study: This study is called a case study, and is intended to dive deep with only a few participants.  Participants will take three short surveys and then may be invited to sit for up to three interviews.  The first in-person interview should take 60-90 minutes, while the two follow-ups will be much shorter, and will likely take between 10-30 minutes.  Charlene also wants to interview a parent or guardian of the participant, along with some other adult close to the participant, and she may ask about other factors in the participant’s life (like what kind of music do you listen to, blogs do you read, people you follow on Instagram, etc.) to help her get a full picture. For the parent and third person, they would also each sit for up to three interviews.  The initial interviews are expected to be in-person when possible and take 45-60 minutes, while the follow-ups are expected to take between 10-30 minutes, and may be able to happen via email or telephone.  Once she has completed the interviews, Charlene will compile all of the information she has gathered and complete the report of her study. This will be the completion of her doctoral program (Hooray!).

Doctoral research is a very specific kind of study looking for only those people who fit a very narrow definition of demographic characteristics, so the first step is to see if you/your daughter qualifies.



  • Black girls
  • Between the ages of 14-16
  • In 9th, 10th, or 11th grade
  • In school in the United States

The Process:

  • Get parent or guardian permission to talk to Black teen girl
  • Quick phone screen to see if girl qualifies
  • If qualified, consent forms (permission to do research) are signed by both parent and daughter
  • Daughter takes the quantitative surveys which can be done online or in person
  • Charlene, parent, and daughter figure out a place and time best suited for the interview
  • Charlene connects with parent and third person to figure out a good time and place to conduct those interviews (this could happen simultaneously with figuring out the daughter’s interview)
  • After this, your/your daughter’s part is finished, Charlene will do the rest
  • Once all the interviews have been completed, Charlene will be able to analyze all of the data and complete the last parts of her dissertation
  • After her dissertation is completed and approved by her school, Charlene will graduate (hooray, happy dance!)
  • If you participate, you will have the option of receiving a summary of the data once completed


A little more about the researcher:

cbCharlene received her M.A. in Women’s Spirituality with a specialization in Creative Expression from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University), and has taken courses in Advancing Youth Development from Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Her passion is letting girls know how important it is for their voices to be heard. Charlene has considered herself an educator of youth for over 15 years, and presently holds updated Pennsylvania Child Clearances. She enjoys facilitating dynamic workshops for both youth and adults and has done so independently and with or through a variety of organizations, including: Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) in Philadelphia, PA; College Track East Palo Alto, CA; Summit Schools in Redwood City, San Jose, and Sunnyvale, CA; Shakti Rising Bay Area; Girls For A Change, San Jose, CA; San Jose Job Corps; Galveston Independent School District in Texas; and Emagination Computer Camps outside of Philadelphia. Charlene is presently pursuing her doctorate in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA (, and is now coming full circle, returning to the Philadelphia Area where she was raised in order to complete her doctoral research.

  •  If you are interested in having your daughter participate, please click on the link below and fill out the form so that I may contact you to give you more information and answer any questions you may have.

 Black Girl Identity Study