Faculty Directory

Robert O. Motley Jr.

Assistant Professor


Motley, R. O., Jr, & Rogers, C. (2021). Insights on Neural Response to Racist Threats. JAMA Psychiatryhttps://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.1254

Motley, R. O., Jr., Finner, A., Walker, M., & Joe, S. (2020, June). Accountable policing: Policies to advance the personal safety of Black boys and young men (Race and Opportunity Lab Brief Report No. 3). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development, Race and Opportunity Lab. https://doi.org/10.7936/b0kj-hn71

Motley, R., Chen, Y. C., Johnson, C., & Joe, S. (2020). Exposure to community-based violence on social media among black male emerging adults involved with the criminal justice system. Social Work Research, 44(2), 87-97. https://doi.org/10.1093/swr/svaa002

Pettus-Davis., C., Renn, T., Lacasse, J. & Motley, R. (2019). Proposing a population-specific intervention approach to treat trauma among men before and after incarceration. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. doi:10.1037/men0000171.

Motley, R. & Banks, A. (2018). Black males, trauma, and mental health service Use: A systematic review. Perspectives on Social Work, 14(1), 4-19.

Motley, R., & Joe, S. (2018). Police use of force by ethnicity, sex, and socioeconomic class. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9(1), 49-67.

Motley, R., Sewell, W., & Chen, Y.C. (2017). Community violence exposure and risk-taking behaviors among black emerging adults: A systematic review. Journal of Community Health, 42(5), 1069-1078.


May 2019-April 2021: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award (F31MD013386; $60,936) Principal Investigator: Robert O. Motley Jr., PhD. 

February 2019: Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant Award ($5,000) Principal Investigator: Robert O. Motley Jr., PhD.

March 2019: Researcher Resiliency Training Program Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health (R25MH118935; $4,000) Principal Investigators: Mary McKay PhD, Sean Joe, PhD, Fred Ssewamala, PhD.


November 2020: Appointed as a Teaching Fellow with the Brown School for the spring 2021 semester. Developed and taught course S31-5182.01 Special Topics: Trauma of Policing Among Marginalized Populations in America.

November 2018: Received Highest oral presentation score for the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues Annual Scientific Symposium & Poster Session. San Diego, CA.

December 2017: Selected to be a member of the Washington University Chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

June 2013-2014: Awarded the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship from University of Illinois at Chicago