Cheryl Leigh Somers

Cheryl Leigh Somers
Professor and Assistant Dean of Theoretical/Behavioral Foundations
345 College of Education

Office Hours: Varies by semester--Please contact my (313) 577-1614 or -1613 for current hours.

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  • Ph.D. in School Psychology with Specialization in Counseling Psychology
  • M.A. in School Psychology
  • B.S. in Social Science
  • Fully Licensed Psychologist (LP) in Michigan
  • Fully Certified School Psychologist in Michigan


Dr. Somers is the Assistant of the Division of Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations in the College of Education at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She is also a Professor in Educational Psychology and directs the School & Community Psychology M.A. program and the graduate and undergraduate Applied Behavior Analysis programs. She serves on a number of committees and advises many doctoral and masterā€™s students' research. Her research is focused primarily on understanding the roles of parents, peers, media, and schools as predictors of successful adolescent outcomes, including academic achievement, social and emotional development, and physical and sexual health, including reducing or avoiding unhealthy risk behaviors. Her studies primarily involve basic inferential research as well as evaluation of interventions.


Director, School and Community Psychology Program

Courses Taught

EDP 5480 Adolescent Psychology
EDP 3310 Educational Psychology
EDP 7300 Ethics, Standards, and the Practice of Psychology
EDP 7260 School-Based Consultation and Interventions
EDP/HE 7310 Psychology of Learning Across DevelopmentĀ