Diversity in Psychology

Statement on Diversity

The Department of Psychology values the diversity of its faculty members, staff, and students in regard to their ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, socioeconomic status, nationality, culture, and ability. Please visit our Statement on Diversity page to read our full statement.

Committed to Education and Research

The Department of Psychology is committed to educating students and conducting research on a variety of diversity related topics.

  • Diversity in Psychology Conference – The Department hosts an annual Diversity in Psychology Conference dedicated to preparing and recruiting students from under-represented backgrounds to doctoral psychology programs. We host
  • Colloquia and workshops – We host Colloquia and workshops covering diversity-related topics.
  • Multicultural Awareness and Professional Integration – The department offers a graduate certificate in Multicultural Awareness and Professional Integration.

Cutting-edge Research

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are currently conducting cutting-edge research on diversity related topics, such as:

Latino Mental Health and Well-being

TorresLucas Torres, Ph.D.
Co-director of the Latino Well-being Research Initiative.
Our research focuses on the broad area of mental health disparities or the burden of psychopathology experienced by members of ethnic minority groups. Specifically, projects in the mental health disparities lab have focused on examining the protective and risk factors associated with depression, anxiety, and alcohol use primarily among Latino adults.

GerdesAlyson Gerdes, Ph.D.
Dr. Gerdes’ research focuses on culturally-appropriate clinical practices and Latino mental health disparities. Current projects aim to increase our knowledge about culturally-appropriate assessment and treatment of childhood ADHD in Latino families.

NielsonKristy Nielson, Ph.D.
Dr. Nielson is a partner in a community collaboration addressing disparities in research, prevention, diagnosis, services, and support in the underserved Latino/a community in Milwaukee, WI.

Gender Issues

OswaldDebra Oswald, Ph.D.
Dr. Oswald examines how gender stereotypes, prejudices, and sexist experiences influence both perception of women, as well as young women’s experiences and well-being. She is especially interested in examining young women’s experiences with hostile and benevolent sexism.

SideritsMary Anne Siderits, Ph.D.
Dr. Siderits is studying attitudes towards transgendered children.

Sexual Identity and Orientation

AubinEd de St. Aubin, Ph.D.
Dr. de St. Aubin's Sex and Gender lab has a number of projects that examine the dynamics of minority stress theory as these apply to lesbians and gay men.  We are particularly interested in issues of internalized heteronormativity, resilience, intersectionality, self development, and mental health outcomes for LBG individuals.  We employ mixed methods in a way that promotes the voices and stories of our participants.

Race and Racism


HowardSimon Howard
Simon Howard studies how sociocultural beliefs associated with race influence our interactions, memory, perceptions and judgments.

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