Diversity Courses and Research
Diversity Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 3420: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (undergraduate)
PSY 3430: Psychological Disorders of Childhood (undergraduate)
PSY 3440: Psychology of Gender (undergraduate)
PSY 3530: Psychology of Religion (undergraduate)
PSY 4720: Human Stress (undergraduate)
T3 4810: Pathologies of Power
PSY 6560: Diversity Issues in Research and Clinical Practice (graduate)
PSY 8905: Social Psychology of Religion (graduate)
PSY 8905: Social Psychology of Diversity (graduate)
Diversity Research in the Psychology Department
My research is focused on the development and evaluation of interventions that improve the academic, social and behavioral functioning of youth with ADHD (a disability), many of whom also have learning disabilities.
As a researcher who focuses on social identity and intergroup relations, I am interested in virtually all aspects and forms of diversity! However, here are some specific diversity-related research topics I, along with my PhD students, am currently pursuing: (1) Stereotypes that religious believers and non-believers hold about one another (e.g., stereotypes that Christians are not good at science, stereotypes that atheists are untrustworthy and immoral) and the psychological consequences of these stereotypes; (2) Majority group members? reactions to the growing racial/ethnic diversity in Western societies, as well as how racial/ethnic minorities themselves respond to diversity ideologies and initiatives; (3) Conditions under which majority group members (e.g., White Americans) of low versus high socioeconomic status (SES) exhibit prejudice against racial/ethnic minorities; (4) Causes and consequences of stereotypes of women in STEM fields and men in caregiving professions (e.g., preschool teaching, nursing); (5) Factors that contribute to prejudice against gender and sexual minorities (e.g., gay men and lesbians, transgender individuals).
Dr. Suhr's laboratory conducts assessment-oriented research on disability issues related to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mostly in college students, although her lab members have worked collaboratively with members of other Ohio University Psychology department laboratories on ADHD issues in children. Dr. Suhr's laboratory has also conducted studies on aging issues, including stereotype threats associated with aging, early detection of dementia, and effects of cognitive aging on real world functioning. Finally, we are conducting studies examining construct invariance of neuropsychological and psychological variables, including the construct of schizotypy across multinational samples, and cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer's disease across different racial/ethnic groups.
Biological differences between men and women (e.g., sex hormones) as well as psychosocial differences in gender identity (e.g., masculinity/femininity) may contribute to different associations between stress processes, ruminative thinking, and stress hormones in men and women. Dr. Peggy Zoccola's research addresses the roles that sex and gender play in stress and coping processes.
My research has focused on increasing accessibility to psychotherapy for persons from diverse backgrounds, cultures and underserved persons. This theme cuts across multiple applications and studies from colleagues and graduate students from my lab, the Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Process lab. First, my research has examined cross-cultural differences in seeking psychotherapy for Chinese and U.S. samples. Further, we developed and tested an intervention to facilitate help-seeking in China, which was contextually targeted for persons living in China. In another study, we examined differences between China and the United States in how distress is express for persons seeking therapy. Second, My research has also examined how sexual orientation may influence the preferences that individuals have for various therapy orientations. Third, I have also conducted research that examines professional diversity within our field. In collaboration with my colleague at Penn State University, I have examined how clinical psychology training programs have become less diverse in these theoretical orientations and further, have found that programs with high proportions of CBT faculty were less diverse in regard to race and gender than programs who offer a more diverse training model. Fourth, several of my studies (in collaboration with colleagues Tim and Bernadette Heckman) have tested treatments for persons living with HIV/AIDS. In collaboration with my colleagues at the University of Georgia, this research helps to increase therapies for persons who are geographically and socially isolated because of their HIV/AIDS as well as LGB status. In regard to LGB persons, our research our research has also focused on how sexual orientation is associated to distress and depression among persons living with HIV/AIDS. Most recently, my research (in collaboration with students in my lab) has focused on measuring how therapists' Facilitative Interpersonal Skills may be influenced by clients who present challenging clinical situations that directly makes reference to the client?s cultural identity as part of a request. Our aim is to measure clinical cultural competences that is based on performance in clinically relevant situations.