Dr. Rachel Tennial

Dr. Rachel Tennial is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychology. She is from St. Louis, MO and completed her doctorate at Saint Louis University.


  • Recently, Dr. Rachel Tennial was recognized as a Student Advocate for her outstanding efforts in student academic advancement! The recognition of her dedication to student development by the Division of Student Affairs is well placed. To view the full list of recipients, visit the Student Advocate Awards web page.
  • Dr. Tennial is also spear-heading the steering committee for a $160,000 BMOC grant and data platform. As a leader and proud supporter of BMOC and BMOST, Dr. Tennial will play a vital role in building a comprehensive evaluation system and data access platform to enable program staff at youth-serving organizations, colleges, and the City of Little Rock to more effectively collect and use data to help BMOC succeed in school and career. Click here for more information about RISE and the BMOC grant. Visit the BMOST webpageFacebook page, or follow them on Twitter.


Research & Presentations:

As a social psychologist, Dr. Tennial is primarily interested in examining different facets of human behavior and interaction. Her research interests include the topics of stereotypes, prejudice, and racism. Currently, she is conducting research within the area of collective identity with specific studies on racial identity, racial identification, sexual identity, and sexual identification. This body of research is focused on developing a methodology to accurately conceptualize and assess identity constructs. Her work also includes examination of the significance and meaning that humans place on skin tone (e.g. light skin vs. dark skin).