Dr. Patricia Dixon, Dating & Relationships Author, Educator & Coach

Dr. Patricia Dixon (aka Dr. Ra),  served as Associate Professor of African American Studies for over 20 years at Georgia State University, where she developed and taught courses on relationships, families, and women. She also has over 20 years of experience as a social entrepreneur and is a relationship and life coach, energy healer, and is the author of several books on relationships

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Books by Dr. Patricia Dixon

African American Relationships, Marriages and Families: An Introduction–2nd EDITION with two new chapters!

African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families, Second Edition is a historically and culturally centered research-based text designed for use in undergraduate, graduate, and community-based courses on African American relationships, marriages, and families. Complete with exercises at the end of each chapter, this volume can be used by current and future helping professionals as well as singles and couples themselves, as a  guide to increase self awareness,  and respect and appreciation for difference. In addition, singles and couples learn skills for effective communication and conflict resolution and ultimately how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, marriages, and families. This second edition includes updates and revisions to current chapters and also features two new chapters: one on parenting and one on same-gender loving/LGBTQ.


  • In Cultural Perspective
  • In Historical Perspective
  • Gender
  • Love
  • African American Women
  • African American Men
  • Dating & Choosing a Partner
  • Sexuality
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Money Matters
  • Healthy Dieting
  • Parenting
  • LGBT/Same-Gender Loving
  • The Spiritual Journey


“Dr. Dixon’s second edition is a state of the art masterpiece on African American relationships, marriages and families for teachers, researchers, and clinicians. Thoroughly researched, the author explains current phenomena through a historical cultural lens. While the purpose of the book is to be used as a tool for pre-marriage education and counseling, it is a must read for all who would understand African American Relationships.”
-David Knox, Ph.D. professor, East Carolina University & co-author of Choices in Relationships.

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African American Male/Female Relationships

African American Male/Female Relationships: A Reader examines the social, economic, political, and cultural forces that present challenges to the formation and development of healthy relationships and, ultimately, marriages and families. The anthology pushes students to think critically about how ideologies and values stemming from these forces shape their own ideas, values, and perceptions and to examine their own approach to relationships. The text is divided into eleven topical units:



  • Love
  • Gender
  • Dating
  • Negative Images and Stereotypes
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Parenting
  • Sexuality/Sexual Health
  • Incarceration
  • Alternative Lifestyles
  • Marriage

The journal articles and book chapters included in the reader are critical for the serious study of African American male-female relationships.

African American Male/Female Relationships: A Reader is designed to be used with African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families: An Introduction. It is also an excellent supplemental reader for Sociology or African American Studies courses that focus on marriage and family.

See the AARMS Curriculum Paper for How to Develop and Teach an African American Relationships Course

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