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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)

T3 4810: Pathologies of Power (taught by Dr. Chris Gidycz)

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

Dr. Julie Owens

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.

Dr. Ryan Johnson & Dr. Peggy Zoccola

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons are at elevated risk for multiple mental and physical health conditions which may result, in part, from the experience of and responses to stigma and discrimination. In rural areas, increased stigma and lack of LGBT community support and resources may exacerbate psychobiological stress processes and confer health risk. In an ongoing project, the Daily Activities Stress and Health (DASH) Study, Dr. Peggy Zoccola and Dr. Ryan Johnson are measuring daily stress and resiliency processes and biological stress markers using a week-long period of online daily diaries and ambulatory collection of salivary cortisol specimens with a sample of LGBT young adult workers and students from rural and urban regions of Ohio and surrounding areas in the United States.

Dr. Chris Gidycz

Dr. Gidycz addresses violence towards women in her research with an emphasis on sexual assault and other forms of intimate partner violence. Specific areas of focus include predictors and correlates of sexual victimization and revictimization, and the prevention of sexual victimization. She developed the Ohio University Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Program which is a feminist risk reduction program designed to empower women to fight back and reduce their risk for victimization. 

Dr. Kimberly Rios

Dr. Rios, along with their Ph.D. students, are collaborating on a project that investigates differences in eating and exercise behaviors between lesbian and heterosexual women. Specifically, they are testing whether lesbians whose sexual orientation is important to their sense of self (and hence, who feel their identity is “optimally distinct”) are buffered against the typically obtained tendencies for lesbians to have higher obesity rates and poorer eating habits than heterosexual women.

Dr. Kimberly Rios

My research related to diversity spans four areas: (1) I study 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 on the psychological consequences of these stereotypes. (2) I study dominant group members’ reactions to the growing racial/ethnic diversity in Western societies, as well as on how racial/ethnic minorities themselves respond to diversity ideologies and initiatives. (3) I have conducted some research on the factors contributing to prejudice against LGBT individuals (e.g., the roles of perceived threat as well as emotions such as distrust and disgust), and on eating habits and obesity rates among lesbian (compared to heterosexual) women. (4) Along with my Ph.D. students, I study the causes and consequences of stereotypes of men in “female-dominated” professions (e.g., preschool teaching, nursing), and of women in “male-dominated” professions (e.g., STEM fields).

Dr. Ryan Shorey

Dr. Shorey includes a focus on gender differences in the prevalence, predictors, and outcomes of intimate partner violence (IPV). There is considerable debate in the IPV research field as to potential gender differences in IPV, with some researchers advocating for research to focus almost exclusively on male-perpetrated IPV. Dr. Shorey attempts to balance his research focus on both men and women, acknowledging that violence perpetrated by anyone, regardless of gender, is problematic.

Dr. Julie Suhr

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.

Dr. Peggy Zoccola

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.

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