Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Bridget Cho

Second Advisor

Adam Pazda

Third Advisor

Mary Moussa Rogers


Previous research indicates that women, students, and racial ethnic minorities experience Imposter Phenomenon (IP) at higher rates when compared to their counterparts. Anxiety and depression have also been linked to IP at seemingly high rates, as the construct overlaps with aspects of both disorders. The amount of time at a collegiate institution has not been examined in relation to IP, with little research emphasizing the effect of a predominately White campus climate on African American undergraduate students. The current study seeks to full these gaps in the literature, with an additional investigation of the role intersectionality plays. The results of this study indicate that there are no statistically significant findings in relation to race/ethnicity, gender, and their interacting effect on IP symptom endorsement. Examining time at an institution also failed to produce statistically significant results when focusing on IP. Nonetheless, anxiety and depression were both significantly correlated with IP respectively. White females reported the highest level of IP endorsement at the Predominately White Institution (PWI) that was sampled, suggesting that original research conducted by Clance and Imes may still be most relevant. These results indicated that there should be additional research on time and its relationship to IP as well as programs in place for all students to aid in the management of imposterism.