Dr. Oscar Barbarin, Professor and Lila L. and Douglas J. Hertz Endowed Chair in Psychology, was featured this month in the American Psychological Association's publication Monitor on Psychology. The article identifies the daily stress of negative stereotyping, racial profiling, and discrimination as a primary reason for racial disparities in mental health and achievement. Schools, parents, and communities are highlighted as solutions to this complex problem. Barbarin's co-leadership of a multi-university initiative, the Boys of Color Collaborative, is featured in the article. The Collaborative gathers and analyzes data on these boys' development, with the goal of determining early influences on the educational and health outcomes of young boys of color.
Dr. Laurie O'Brien, Associate Professor of Psychology, published a study in the American Psychology Association's journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology which suggests that Black women are less likely than white women to associate STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with males and masculinity. The study also shows that Black women are more likely to show interest in studying these fields in college, though they are less likely to earn degrees in them. O'Brien and colleagues' findings have implications for university leaders, who need to consider the intersection of gender and ethnicity when recruiting and retaining students in STEM fields.
Julie Alvarez (Ph.D. 2005 Clinical Psychology, Emory University; Neuropsychology Post-doctoral Fellowship, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Tulane Professor of Practice 2006-2013) rejoins the faculty as a Senior Professor of Practice in Psychology after a year-long hiatus as a staff psychologist at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans. When offered the opportunity to return "home" to Tulane, she enthusiastically accepted. Dr. Alvarez currently teaches three undergraduate courses (Introductory Psychology, Psychological Testing and Measurement, and Clinical Neuropsychology Honors) and two graduate courses (Health Psychology I and Health Psychology II).
Sarah Gray (Ph.D. 2013 Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston; Post-doctoral Fellowship, Yale Child Study Center) joins the faculty as Assistant Professor in Psychology. Dr. Gray's research focuses on early childhood mental health, trauma, and psychosocial and school readiness outcomes. Recent work appears in Developmental Psychology and the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Gray is teaching Educational Psychology. She is also recruiting students into her lab.
Promotions: Dr. Jill M. Daniel received promotion to the rank of Professor.
Appointments: Dr. Michael Cunningham has been appointed as the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research within the Office of Academic Affairs.
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