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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology

Academic Staff

Joan Cuffie

Joan Cuffie

Temporary Lecturer in Psychology

Department: GSSW


Joan C. Cuffie is a lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. She is a former Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit and served as Chair, National Advisory Council on Gender, Ministry of Family, Youth, Sports and Environment, Barbados, (2008-2012). She was Acting Tutor/Coordinator, Women and Development Unit (WAND), The University of the West Indies, Open Campus, Barbados, (2002/2003 & 2013/2014). She was the former Coordinator for MSc. Counselling Psychology Programme (2014/15). She has been the Faculty Liaison Officer for the UWI- University of California Education Abroad Programme for the past eight (8) years. She is also a trainer who has facilitated a wide range of training workshops in the areas of education, educational psychology, developmental psychology, gender and education, gender and development issues, peer education. Her current research interests are in the area of the psychological impact of gender issues on educational achievement and participation, students’ learning styles, coeducation and gender, gender and psychology, sexuality and HIV/AIDS. She has published in a number of journals and edited texts.


M.A.Ed (Psyc.) (UWI); B.A. with  Education (UWI)

Research Areas

  • Gender issues and students’ achievement and participation in the schooling process.
  • Adolescents’ psychological safety
  • Students’ Learning styles
  • Coeducation and gender
  • Gender and psychology
  • Sexuality and HIV/AIDS
  • Gender and Sports

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Gender and Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Thesis in Applied Psychology          

Select Publications

Book/Journal/Report Title Citation

​Cuffie, J.C. (2006). Eugenia Charles and the Psychology of Leadership. In E. Barriteau & A. Cobley (Eds.), Enjoying Power: Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.
​Barrow-Giles, C. & Cuffie, J.C. (2002). Gender, Education & Political Volitions of Barbadians: Perceptions towards Regional Integration: The Case of Barbados-OECS Initiative. Journal of Caribbean History, 36, 2.
Richardson, A.G. & Cuffie, J.C. (1999). Subject Choice, Sex-Role Orientation and Learning Style: A Study of Sixth-Form Students in Trinidad and Tobago. In A. Richardson (Ed.), Caribbean Adolescents and Youth: Contemporary Issues in Personality Development and Behaviour. New York: Caribbean Diaspora Press, Inc.
​Richardson, A.G. & Cuffie, J.C. (1997). University Students’ Approaches to Studying: Some Caribbean Findings. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 1, 68-75.


Additional Info

  • Passionate about the development of Caribbean Psychology
  • Passionate about the Psychological well- being and mental health of Caribbean young people
  • Gender Issues and the impact on psychosocial, socioeconomic and political development of Caribbean people.
  • Caribbean Culture and Cultural Products.

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