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M. Belinda Tucker, Ph.D. (b. May 19, 1949)


Dr. M. Belinda Tucker is a social psychologist who has made significant contributions to the field of family relationships – particularly personal relationships. Although her research has included racially/ethnically diverse samples, much of it has focused on African Americans. She has published journal articles, chapters, books, and monographs addressing topics such as dating; interethnic and interracial unions, including social, structural, and psychological correlates of those unions; marital values and expectations; mate availability; family formation trends; subjective well-being of partnered African Americans; and singlehood. She has also written about social vulnerabilities within the context of Hurricane Katrina and family policy in the United States.


Dr. Tucker earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1975.

About four decades of her distinguished career has been spent working at...


  • University Of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Assistant Research Psychologist
  • National Institute Of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Biobehavioral Sciences
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  • Tucker, M. B. (2000). Marital values and expectations in context: Results from a 21-city survey. In L. J. Waite, C. Bachrach, M. Hindin, E. Thomson, & A. Thornton (Eds.), The ties that bind: Perspectives on marriage and cohabitation (pp. 166–187). New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

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  • Tucker, M. B., & James, A. D. (2005). New families, new functions: Postmodern African American families in context. In V. C. McLoyd, N. E. Hill, & Y. K. A. Dodge (Eds.), Emerging issues in African American life: Context, adaptation, and policy. New York: Guilford.

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  • Tucker, M. B., & Mitchell-Kernan, C. (1990). New trends in Black American interracial marriage: The social structural context. Journal of Marriage and Family, 52, 209–218.

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  • Tucker, M. B., & Mitchell-Kernan, C. (1995). Decline in marriage among African Americans: The causes, consequences, and policy implications. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

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  • Tucker, M. B., Subramanian, S., & James, A. D. (2004). Diversity in African American families: Trends and projections. In M. J. Coleman & L. H. Ganong (Eds.), Handbook of family diversity: Considering the past, contemplating the future (pp. 352–368). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

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Bryant, C.M. (2019). Tucker, M. Belinda. In: Lebow, J., Chambers, A., Breunlin, D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham.

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