About Dr. Scyatta Wallace

Dr. Scyatta A. Wallace, who also goes by the name sassy.sage, is a nationally recognized Psychologist/Teen expert.

Dr. Wallace is an award-winning thought leader and scientist who has been featured in Time magazine, ABCnews.com, CNN.com, BET Networks, U.S. News and World Reports, TheSkinny.com, Essence magazine 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 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 then embarked on a highly successful career as a scientist, receiving over a million dollars in grants from NIH, CDC and others to conduct research focused on teen health.

Dr. Wallace has won numerous awards for her research including receiving an Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association Division of Psychology and Women for her work focused on Black girls. She was given the Faculty Excellence Award for leadership, mentoring and research from the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA) and named an NIH Health Disparities Scholar.

She has served in numerous leadership roles including serving as Chair of the American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology and AIDS, Executive Officer for the Yale Alumni Association, member of the African American Scholars Working Group of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and as a Leadership Coach for the Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute sponsored by SAMHSA.

Dr. Wallace proudly taught/mentored college and graduate students as an Associate Professor of Psychology with tenure. Her courses include Child Development, Health Psychology, Psychology of African Americans, Intro to Qualitative Research, Introduction to Public Health and Leadership in Public Health.

It was a remarkable journey to go from a teen in low income housing to becoming a Yale graduate, PhD under 30, one of few African American female tenured professors and an NIH funded researcher. It is those experiences that drive her current work to support youth achievement through her programs, writing, media appearances and consulting.

She is currently CEO/Founder of Janisaw Company, specializing in creating leadership development, socio-emotional learning and healthy lifestyle programs for teen girls/young women and consulting with organizations that serve them.