Cynthia E. Winston-Proctor, Ph.D.
President, Society of STEM Women of Color
Professor & Principal Investigator, The Identity & Success Research Lab,
Howard University
Principal, Winston Synergy, L.L.C.,

Dr. Winston-Proctor is a narrative personality psychologist and Professor in the Howard University Department of Psychology. As the Principal Investigator of the Identity and Success Research Lab (ISRL), she conducts interdisciplinary psychological science research on human personality and the psychology of success within lives.

As such, she creates and translates theory and research on the intersections of identity, achievement motivation, personalized goals, and emotional intelligence to design culturally relevant career development and education models. Both her research and practice have a targeted focus on women, adolescent girls, and executive managers & leaders. Dr. Winston-Proctor is writing a book on Life Synergy that will be published by Woodford Press in 2016.

Relatedly, she offers customized professional development and personal effectiveness workshops and short courses for individuals, corporations, and universities. Dr. Winston-Proctor is a certified personal effectiveness trainer for both Talent Smart Emotional Intelligence® and Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Qualitative Psychology published by the American Psychological Association. She is also President of the Society of STEM Women of Color and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science.

During her early career, Dr. Winston-Proctor has served as investigator for externally funded projects that totaled over $10 million dollars. Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator of the Howard University ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award from the National Science Foundation and leads the Howard University ADVANCE-IT Experience Study. She also received the National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award for the nation’s leading scientists and engineers.

Previously, she served as Director of Educational Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Professor at Brown University. Dr. Winston-Proctor earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University.