Comfort B. Asanbe, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Psychology at The College of Staten Island/City University of New York (CSI/CUNY).  Her research focuses on identifying the factors that pose a threat to the psychological health of children, especially, those that are due to parental drug use (cocaine/polydrug exposure), drug environment (methamphetamine-producing homes), and parental HIV/AIDS infection and death. Dr. Asanbe teaches advanced psychopathology and child psychopathology courses, and coordinates the undergraduate internship.  She runs a research lab and mentors students in conducting studies with clinical population. For a couple of years, she served as a grant reviewer for the NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP - Psychology panel).  Dr. Asanbe is a licensed psychologist, and an American Psychological Association appointed representative to the United Nations.


PhD, Tennessee State University

MA, Austin Peay State University

Med, Austin Peay State University

BA, University of Ilorin (Nigeria)

Scholarship / Publications

Asanbe, C. B., Moleko, A., Visser, M., Thomas, A. & Makwakwa, C., *Salgado, W…. *Tesnakis, A. (2016). Parental HIV/AIDS and psychological health of younger children in South Africa. Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 28(2), 175-185.

Mervitz, D., Rose, J., Asanbe, C. B., & Mare, L. (2015).  Human development - Atypical development: At-risk and vulnerable children. In W. Weiten & J. Hassim (Eds.), Psychology: Themes and variations 2nd South African Edition (pp. 300-331), Cengage Learning EMEA, Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom. ISBN: 9781473709164.

Asanbe, C. B., Hall, C. & Bolden, C. (2012). Mental health disorders in children of nondrug- abusing parents: A sample from a rural community devastated by methamphetamine. Journal of Child Health Care, 16(1), 15-25.

Asanbe, C. B., Aiyedogbon, S. I., Adedoyin, E. T., & *Supino, K. (2010).  Anxiety, appraisal, and coping: A cross-cultural comparison of American and Nigerian undergraduates. International Psychology Bulletin, 14(4), 17-22.

Asanbe, C. B. (2009). Methamphetamine-producing homes and psychological child welfare: Implications for public policy and early childhood education. In J. McConnell-Farmer (Ed.), The Education of Young Children: Research, Trends, Issues, & Policy (pp. 107-119), Linton Atlantic Books, Louisville, Kentucky. ISBN: 978-0981785424

Asanbe, C. B., Zamani, G., & Aiyedogbon, S. I. (2009). Cross-cultural differences in perception of stress: A study of American and Nigerian undergraduates. Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 42(1), 42-58. 

Asanbe, C. B., Zamani, G., & Aiyedogbon, S. I. (2008). Self-concept and stress: A cross-cultural investigation of American and Nigerian undergraduates. African Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(3), 1-10.

Asanbe, C. B., Hall, C., & Bolden, C. D. (2008). Methamphetamine-producing Homes: Psychological implications for preschoolers in rural Tennessee. Journal of Rural Health, 24 (3), 229 - 235.

Asanbe, C. B., Hall, C., & Bolden, C. D. (2008). Behavioral and emotional adjustment of school-aged children from methamphetamine-producing homes: A rural Tennessee sample. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 2(3), 275-292.

Asanbe, C.B. & Lockert, E. (2006). Cognitive abilities of African American children with prenatal cocaine/polydrug exposure. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 17 (2), 400-412.