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About Me

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Born and raised in Miami, FL., Dr. Olajide 'Jide' Bamishigbin Jr. is a health psychologist, expert on fathering and health equity, program evaluator, and educator. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2012 and his Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles from 2017 to 2020 and at Long Beach State from 2020 to 2021.

His research focused primarily on the experience of new fathers from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. He uses a risk and resilience framework to

  • identify stressors experienced by new fathers,

  • explore resilience resources used by fathers to cope with the stresses of fatherhood, and

  • examine how stressors and resilience resources interact to predict depressive symptoms

Secondarily, he also investigates resilience resources, such as spirituality, used by individuals with cancer.

His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Frontiers in Psychiatry, Health Psychology, Social Science & Medicine, and Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology and discussed on The Today Show, CNN, Psychology Today, and The Telegraph UK.

Dr. Bamishigbin has received several awards, grants, and fellowships over his career.

  • He was a co-Principal Investigator on a $600,000+ grant from the National Science Foundation focused on fatherhood.

  • He attended the NIH’s Center for Health Equity Research Fellowship

  • He received a $5,000 grant from California State University, Los Angeles' Research in Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant

  • He was awarded the Seeds of the Diaspora Prodigy Award by the Nigerian American Foundation.

  • He was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, named after the first Black individual to receive his PhD in the United States.

  • He was selected to attend the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute where he lobbied on Capitol Hill

  • He received the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship and Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Awards at UCLA.


Outside of his research and teaching, Dr. Bamishigbin enjoys spending time with his partner, Dr. Jahneille Cunningham, and his two sons. He also enjoys watching television and movies, listening to 80's and 90's R&B, and playing and coaching youth basketball.

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