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Diversity at Kent State

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University is committed to promoting a diverse body of faculty and students and establishing a climate that facilitates understanding of different perspectives and beliefs.  Our faculty and students represent a diverse group of ethnicities, nationalities, and backgrounds.  We value research on underrepresented populations, and train students to work, teach, and serve clients from diverse backgrounds.  We strive to create a climate that respects differences in ethnic and racial heritage, gender, sexual orientation, age, social economic standing and physical abilities.

The Multicultural and Diversity Committee (MDC), formed by psychology graduate students, strives to make a positive difference in the education of all students through the promotion of an atmosphere of multicultural acceptance, competence, and diversity.

The Applied Psychology Center (APC) has specific funding programs that promote faculty and graduate student research on underrepresented populations (such as but not limited to ethnic minorities, women, the homeless).

  • Faculty Under-researched Population Award offers research support for faculty-initiated projects involving under-investigated populations.
  • Student Under-researched Population Award offers research support for student-initiated projects involving under-investigated populations.

Faculty Research in Diversity

Many of our faculty have active programs of research that focus on understanding issues pertaining to diversity in psychology, including:

  • Dr. Janis Crowther studies body image and eating psychopathology among women from various ethnic groups, exploring the roles of ethnic identity and acculturation.
  • Dr. Jocelyn Folk studies individual differences in cognitive and linguistic skills underlying reading comprehension ability in readers who are deaf, focusing on the role that age of intervention and type of intervention play in literacy.
  • Dr. Josefina Grau studies parent-child relationships and children's social and emotional development, with an emphasis on cultural and contextual factors.
  • Dr. Joel Hughes studies ethnic differences in hypertension, blood pressure response, and sleep quality.
  • Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett studies anxiety disorders among African Americans, with a focus on clinical interventions with inner-city and middle income African American women and adolescents.
  • Dr. Amy Sato studies contributors to obesity risk in adolescents from low-income families, including the effects of stress on adolescents' and families' health-related habits.
  • Dr. Beth Wildman collaborates with a local children's hospital to examine treatment adherence in young African Americans with sickle cell disease, with a focus on contributors to adherence including health beliefs, cognitive factors, and racial identity.

Graduate Courses that Teach about Diversity

All of our graduate courses have issues of diversity infused into the content of the course. We also have a number of graduate courses that deal specifically with issues of diversity, including:

  • Seminar: Gender and Social Class
  • Seminar: Gender and Minorities
  • Seminar: Ethnic Minorities

Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

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