Professor of Psychology and Human Development
B.S. 1976, Western Kentucky University
M.P.S. 1980, Western Kentucky University
Ed.D. 1993, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Shirley Malone-Fenner is tenured Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Director of the Center of Excellence for Military Children and Families, and Coordinator/Campus Champion of the Jumpstart at Wheelock Program.
She previously served as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs (July-September 2015}, as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (2004-2015), and as Director of Wheelock's Urban Teacher Program (1990-2004). In 1998, she spearheaded the expansion of the Urban Teacher Program to two military sites in South Carolina (Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Parris Island Marine Corps). During 2011-2015, Malone-Fenner facilitated curricular work with Wheelock College's ONCAMPUS Boston International Program.
Malone-Fenner is a psychologist who has experience working clinically with children and families. Her research interest include: the mental and social needs of military connected children and families; a multi-pronged study of racial and cultural identity of pre-school children of color and pre-service white teachers and teachers of color; and the social and emotional development of adolescents of color in prison.
She co-facilitated the development of Wheelock's Racial and Cultural Identity course—a requirement for all education majors—and has led professional development workshops on racial and cultural identity development.
Courses taught include: theories of personality, counseling psychology, abnormal psychology, human growth and development intensive, children' racial and cultural identity, cognitive development, clinical supervision, and violence in the lives of children and families.
She has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics including urban education, curricula development, diversity, post traumatic stress syndrome, and violence prevention, among others topics. She co-led service learning /travel abroad trips to West Africa (Ghana, Senegal, Togo, and Benin), 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Malone-Fenner has served on many Wheelock committees, including Academic Policy Committee (chair), Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (past chair of both), Scholastic Review Board (chair), Diversity Summit Committee (member), Faculty Senate (member), Graduate School Task Force (chair), and 2013 International Conference Steering Committee (member), to name a few.
Through Wheelock's Military Center, Malone-Fenner has spearheaded professional development trainings for providers working with military families and co-taught in the military counseling certificate program. In 2011, Dr. Malone Fenner was appointed to the National Advisory Committee of Joining Forces, an initiative created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. This national initiative focuses on key priority areas—employment, education, and wellness—while raising awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of America's veterans and military families.
In April 2012, Malone-Fenner was invited to the White House to celebrate the first anniversary of Joining Forces and receive recognition for work done through Wheelock's Military Center. In April 2016, Malone-Fenner was invited to the White House for an all-day meeting of Joining Forces: Operation Educate the Educator.
Malone-Fenner has been a recipient of the Gordon Marshall Research Award, The Black Excellence Award, and The Black Scholar's Award.