Dr. Aston has years of experience working with urban populations in school and clinical
settings. She recently completed her doctoral internship at Sarah Reed Children’s
Center, which provides intensive psychiatric services for children with significant
trauma and mental health concerns. The focal point of her research has centered on
culturally relevant social-emotional interventions for racially diverse populations.
Dr. Aston is interested in Black female identity development and disproportionality.
She has extensive intervention experience and has published several journal articles
on school-based interventions. In addition, she has presented at several national
conferences and is currently a member of NASP and APA.
Culturally Focused Interventions
Black Female Identity
Mental Health Treatment
Trauma-Focused Interventions for At-Risk Populations
Dr. Aston’s clinical training has focused on providing mental health treatment for
underrepresented groups through individual and group interventions; with a specific
focus on African American populations.
Aston, C. (2016) Challenges and Barriers to Implementing a School-Based Afrocentric Intervention:
A Pilot Study of the Sisters of Nia Cultural Program. School Psychology Forum. 10, 157-164.
Ryan, A., Graves, S., Sobalvarro, A., Nichols, K., Schutte, K., Aston, C. & Griffin, A. (2016) An Evaluation of Strong Kids in an Urban African American Female
Sample: The Need for Gender Specific and Culturally Focused Interventions. School
Psychology Forum. 10, 157-164.
Graves, S. L., Jr., Herndon-Soblavarro, A., Nichols, K., Aston, C., Ryan, A., Blefari, A., Schutte, K., Schachner, A.,Vicoria, L., & Prier, D. (2016)
Examining the Effectiveness of a Culturally Adapter Social-Emotional Intervention
for African American Males in an Urban Setting. School Psychology Quarterly.
Graves, S., Proctor, S., Aston, C. (2014) Professional Roles and Practices of School Psychologists in Urban Schools.
Psychology in the schools. 51, 384-394.