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Are you interested in working with a highly motivated group of individuals invested in advocacy and social justice? Are you interested in giving voice to the identities and experiences of people with marginalized identities through rigorous psychological research?
Are you interested in further examining experiences of discrimination and stigma and their links to mental health/well-being?
If you answered YES to any of these questions we invite you to be a part of our team!
IaM PRIDE Primary Investigator
Dr. DeBlaere serves as the co-chair of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity for the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (APA). She was also selected to participate in the inaugural 2012 Society of Counseling Psychology Leadership Academy.
Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere’s research examines the experiences of individuals with multiple and intersecting marginalized identities, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of women of color and sexual minority people of color.
Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., Hook, J. N., Rivera, D. P., Choe, E.*, Van Tongeren, D. R., Worthington, L., & Placeres, V.* (2018). The multicultural orientation framework: A narrative review.Psychotherapy, 55(1), 89-100. Selected by Editor to be the featured article of the March issue.
DeBlaere, C., Chadwick, C. N.*, Zelaya, D. G.*, Bowie, J.*, Fann, M.*, & Finzi-Smith, Z.* (2017). The Feminist Identity Composite: A factor analysis with sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41(1), 20-31. doi:10.1177/0361684316676046.
Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Owen, J., & DeBlaere, C. (2017). Cultural Humility: Engaging Diverse Identities in Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., Hook, J. N., Burnette, J., Van Tongeren, D. R., Rice, K. G., & Worthington, E. L. Jr. (in press). Intergroup forgiveness of race-related offenses. Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Keum, T.B.**, Wong, S.**, DeBlaere, C., Brewster, M.E. (In press). Body image and Asian American men: An examination of the Drive for Muscularity Scale. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
Velez, B.**, Moradi, B., & DeBlaere, C. (2015). Multiple external and internalized oppressions and the mental health of sexual minority Latina/o Individuals. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 7-38.
DeBlaere, C., Brewster, M. E., Bertsch, K. N., DeCarlo, A. L., Kegel, K. A., & Presseau, C.(2013). The protective power of collective action for sexual minority women of color: An investigation of multiple discrimination experiences and psychological distress. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 20-32.
Parent, M. C., DeBlaere, C., & Moradi, B. (2013). Approaches to research on intersectionality: Perspectives on gender, LGBT, and racial/ethnic identities. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 68, 639-645.
DeBlaere, C., & Bertsch, K. N.** (2013). Perceived sexist events and psychological distress of sexual minority women of color: The moderating role of womanism. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 167-178.
Brewster, M. E., Velez, B.**, DeBlaere, C., & Moradi, B. (2012). Transgender individuals’ workplace experiences: The applicability of sexual minority measures and models. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 60-70
DeBlaere, C., Brewster, M. E., Sarkees, A., & Moradi, B. (2010). Conducting research with LGB People of Color: Methodological challenges and strategies. The Counseling Psychologist, 38, 331-362.
IaM PRIDE Research
The IaM PRIDE research team is currently working on numerous projects at different stages of publication (i.e., data collection, analyzing data, and manuscript preparation). The current team projects and brief descriptions are listed below.
DeBlaere, C., Chadwick, C. N., Zelaya, D. G., Bowie, J., Fann, M., & Finzi-Smith, Z. (2017). The Feminist Identity Composite: A factor analysis with sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41(1), 20-31. doi:10.1177/0361684316676046
Watson, L. B., DeBlaere, C., Langrehr, K. J., Zelaya, D., & Flores, M. J. (2016). The influence of multiple oppressions on Women of Color’s experiences with insidious trauma. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63(6), 656-667. doi:10.1037/cou0000165
Chadwick, C. N., Zelaya, D. G., DeBlaere, C. (in press). Even though HIV seroconversion rates are decreasing in the United States, why are they increasing for Black and Latino men? C. Stewart (Ed.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans at Risk: Problems and Solutions. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Zelaya, D. G., & DeBlaere, C. (2017). Gay men and feminism. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Chadwick, C. N., & DeBlaere, C. (2017). Third gender. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
DeBlaere, C. Jordan II, T. A., & Zelaya, D. G. (2014). Racial Microaggressions. ACA Practice Briefs.
- Feminist Identity Development: We are currently working on a psychometric paper looking at the factor structure of the Feminist Identity Composite Scale with a sample of sexual minority women.
- Sexism and Heterosexism: This is a psychometric paper examining the factor structure of two different measures for sexism and heterosexism in a sample of sexual minority women.
- Racism and Sexism experiences of African American/Black Women: An examination of discrimination-mental health model with African American/Black women.
- Microaggressions in LGB People of Color: This study uses confirmatory factor analysis to explore the factor structure of the measure with a different sample of LGB POC and examine the frequency at which microaggresions happen in this diverse sample.
- HIV Stigma: This is a psychometric paper using three measures of HIV stigma with an HIV positive clinical sample.
- Discrimination and Collective Action with Racial/Ethnic Minority Women: This study investigates collective action as a protective factor in the discrimination-mental health link with racial/ethnic minority women.
2018 Outstanding Early Career Professional Supervisor/Trainer Award from The Society of Counseling Psychology’s Supervision and Training Section
2018 Hannah Lee: Dean’s Research Fellowship, Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development (2018-2022)
2018 Caleb Chadwick: Hayden-Waltz Doctoral Dissertation Award, Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development
2018 David Zelaya: Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant, Graduate Research Grants, Psi Chi International Honor Society
2017 Casey Hinger: Dean’s Research Fellowship, Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development (2017-2021)
2017 David Zelaya: Karen Lopp Award, CPS, Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development
2016 David Zelaya: SAS Social Justice Award (APA, Division 17)
2016 David Zelaya: APA Minority Fellowship Program (MHSAS), (2016-2017, renewable for 3 years)
2015 Cirleen DeBlaere: National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) Rising Star Award
2014 Caleb Chadwick: Dean’s Research Fellowship, Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development (2014-2018)
Current Team and Alumni
Terrence Jordan, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Terrance Jordan graduated 2017 with a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. He is a post-doc at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Previously, he received a bachelor of science in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. He has a master’s counseling and student personnel psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in sport psychology from Georgia Southern University. Terrence’s professional interests focus on cross-cultural psychology, intersections of identity (i.e., race, gender, sexual orientation), racism, trauma, anxiety and stress management, sport psychology and psychological assessment of adolescents and adults. Terrence enjoys the arts, traveling, music, sports and spending time with family and friends.
Theresa Dec, M.S. in Clinical Mental Health
Theresa Dec graduated with a masters of science degree in 2016 in clinical mental health. She earned her bachelor of arts in English from Kennesaw State University. Her professional interests include gender discrimination and professional advocacy. In her down time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family, cooking savory dishes, and practicing calligraphy.
Devan Estevez, M.S. in Clinical Mental Health
Devan Estevez graduated in 2016 with a masters of science in clinical mental health. They earned their B.S. in psychology from Berry College in Rome, GA. Estevez’s professional interests focus on the experiences of those holding multiple marginalized identities, with an emphasis on sexual and ethnic minorities. In their spare time, Estevez enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and playing with their pets.
Jhodi Bowie, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
Bowie is in the doctoral program for counseling psychology. She earned her bachelors in psychology at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and received a Fulbright Scholarship for her clinical mental health counseling degree at Clemson University. Her focus is on the effects of gender and racial discrimination on individuals with multiple marginalized identities and the impact of sexual violence on women. She enjoys spending time with friends and taking care of animals.
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IaM PRIDE Primary Investigator
Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere
serves as the co-chair of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity for the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (APA)