janisaw about us pix 10-08Dr. Scyatta Wallace, who goes by the name sassy.sage, is a sought after youth speaker, author and workshop facilitator.

Dr. Wallace is an award winning scientist who has been featured in Time magazine, ABCnews.com, Girl’s Life magazine, thegrio.com, Essence magazine, BET 106 & Park, The Michael Baisden Show, and many other media outlets.

As a daughter of immigrants, her family moved to the U.S. with nothing but a strong drive to succeed. She grew up in low-income housing and witnessed rampant violence and hopelessness around her. However with a name like Scyatta, she couldn’t help but recognize she was different. Focusing on this uniqueness became the key to rising above her surroundings.

Dr. Wallace received her BA in Psychology from Yale University and her PhD in Psychology from Fordham University, where she specialized in child and adolescent development.  She also completed a 2 year post doctoral research fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before embarking on a highly successful career as a behavioral scientist. Dr. Wallace has received millions of dollars in grants from NIH, CDC and others to conduct research focused on teen health.

Dr. Wallace has won numerous awards and honors for her research including receiving the Carolyn Payton Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association Divison of Psychology and Women (2012), serving as Chair of the American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology and AIDS (2011), being selected as an NIH Loan Repayment recipient (2006-2012) and receiving a three year summer visiting professorship at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a member of the African American Scholars Working Groups of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Advisory Council for the Fordham University Research Ethics Training Institute. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology with tenure at St. John’s University.

Dr. Wallace combines her love for the arts and educating youth as CEO/Founder of Janisaw Company, a curriculum design firm specializing in creating leadership development and life skills programs/workshops for teen girls and young women. As CEO/Founder of Janisaw Company, she has developed youth programs for Mary J. Blige (FFAWN), Truth In Reality, Heinz Foundation and BET Rap It Up Campaign.

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