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Gina (Diagou) Sissoko MA MPhil

Gina (Diagou) Sissoko
  • Predoctoral Psychology Intern
Gender Pronouns
  • she/her
Contact Information
  • dsisso2 [at]
  • (312) 996-7634
  • Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR)
    1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:233

Gina (Diagou) Sissoko is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also a predoctoral intern in clinical psychology at UIC. Gina’s work focuses on the impact of colorism, gendered racism, and trauma on mental health and system involvement among marginalized populations—with a focus on Black women and girls. Her dissertation examined the manifestation and impact of colorism on Black adolescent girls through a critical participatory action research framework. Gina is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a NASEM Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow. She is the founder of the BlackGIRL Project, a research collective aimed at solving social problems impacting Black women and girls. As part of her clinical training, Gina has worked in forensic assessment, substance use, child and adolescent psychiatry, and child welfare and assessment settings.

  • Graduate School
    CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Undergraduate
    Hunter College
  • psychiatry

    community-engaged participatory research, health disparities, culturally-specific mental health interventions, immigrant mental health, global mental health, social determinants of mental health and criminal legal involvement among Black women and girls

    1. Nadal, K. L. Y., Rodriguez, W., Tejada, E., Almanzar, D., Sissoko, D. G., & Hussain, S. (in press). Did it get better? The Realities of queer and trans youth of color in K-12 schools. Journal of School Violence. 
    2. Sissoko, D.G., Lewis, J. A., & Nadal, K. L. (2023). It’s More Than Skin-Deep: Gendered Racial Microaggressions, Skin Tone Satisfaction, and Traumatic Stress Symptoms Among Black Women. Journal of Black Psychology49(2), 127–152.
    3. Sissoko, D. G., Baker, S., & Caron, E. H. (2023). Into and Through the School-to-Prison Pipeline: The Impact of Colorism on the Criminalization of Black Girls. Journal of Black Psychology.
    4. Nadal, K. L., King, R., Sissoko, D. G., Floyd, N., & Hines, D. (2021). The legacies of systemic and internalized oppression: Experiences of microaggressions, imposter phenomenon, and stereotype threat on historically marginalized groups. New Ideas in Psychology6.
    5. Johnson, V. E., Nadal, K. L., Sissoko, D. R. G., & King, R. (2021). “It’s Not in Your Head”: Gaslighting, ‘Splaining, Victim Blaming, and Other Harmful Reactions to Microaggressions. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(5), 1024–1036.
    6. Sissoko, D. R. G., & Nadal, K. L. (2021). Microaggressions toward racial minority immigrants in the United States. In P. Tummala-Narra (Ed.), Trauma and racial minority immigrants: Turmoil, uncertainty, and resistance (pp. 85–102). American Psychological Association.
    7. Goshin, L. S., & Sissoko, D. G. (2021). Redefining Motherhood: Mothering in Mandated Inpatient Substance Use Treatment. In Children with Incarcerated Mothers (pp. 103-119). Springer, Cham.
    8. Edwards, E. R., Gromatsky, M., Sissoko, D. R. G., Hazlett, E. A., Sullivan, S. R., Geraci, J., & Goodman, M. (2022). Arrest history and psychopathology among veterans at risk for suicide. Psychological Services, 19(1), 146–156.
    9. Edwards, E. R., Sissoko, D. R. G., Abrams, D., Samost, D., La Gamma, S., & Geraci, J. (2020). Connecting mental health court participants with services: Process, challenges, and recommendations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 26(4), 463–475.
    10. Goshin, L. S., Sissoko, D. G., Stringer, K. L., Sufrin, C., & Byrnes, L. (2020). Stigma and US Nurses’ Intentions to Provide the Standard of Maternal Care to Incarcerated Women, 2017. American Journal of Public Health110(S1), S93-S99.
    11. Sissoko, D. G., & Goshin, L. S. (2019). Mothering Under Community Criminal Justice Supervision in the USA. In The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family (pp. 431-455). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
    12. Goshin, L. S., Sissoko, D. G., Neumann, G., Sufrin, C., & Byrnes, L. (2019). Perinatal Nurses' Experiences With and Knowledge of the Care of Incarcerated Women During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing48(1), 2736.
    13. Rieder, J. K., Goshin, L. S., Sissoko, D. G., Kleshchova, O., & Weierich, M. R. (2019). Salivary Biomarkers of Parenting Stress in Mothers Under Community Criminal Justice Supervision. Nursing research68(1), 48-56.