Motunrayo “Tutu” Olaniyan is a Senior Research Associate at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Prior to joining the Hope Center, Tutu worked as a graduate student researcher examining social, emotional, and academic college adjustment among racial minority students. In addition to her graduate research, Tutu worked on the Philadelphia Work-Family Project with Duke University to examine whether unpredictable schedules and low wages impact the mental health of working parents. Prior to entering graduate school, Tutu worked at Genetic Alliance, a non-profit health advocacy organization focused on leveraging the voices of marginalized communities and involving participants directly in the research process. This experience cultivated her passion to research how social, cultural, and economic factors distinctly influence mental and behavioral health outcomes among underrepresented communities.
Tutu earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods and Developmental Psychopathology from Temple University. She also holds a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.
Tutu’s hope: That our research continues to leverage the voices of underrepresented students and addresses disparities in access to education.