Cirleen DeBlaere’s areas of interest and expertise include the complex relationships between minority stressors (e.g., discrimination, internalized oppression) and mental health for marginalized populations and multicultural orientation and competence in therapy and training. She currently serves as an associate editor for The Counseling Psychologist and on the Editorial Board Psychotherapy. At Georgia State, she teaches graduate courses in counseling theories, practicum supervision and multicultural issues in psychology. In addition to her leadership roles in other APA divisions (co-chair, Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, APA 44), she has served the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA, Division 17) as a member of several committees (e.g., 2016 Leadership Academy), STGs (e.g., Advocacy), and the vice president of diversity and public interest. Recently, she co-founded and was the inaugural co-chair of the Division on Multiracial and Adopted Asian Americans within the Asian American Psychological Association. Her work has culminated in over 70 publications and two co-authored books (e.g., “Cultural Humility: Engaging Diverse Identities in Therapy.” Dr. DeBlaere’s research, teaching and training have been recognized with multiple national awards (e.g., Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contributions by an Ally) and she is an APA Fellow of Division 17.
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.
DeBlaere, C., (2020). Defining myself in: My early career journey. Women and Therapy, 43, 144-156.
DeBlaere, C., Singh, A., Wilcox, M., Cokley, K., Delgado-Romera, E., Shawahin, L. (2019). Social justice and counseling psychology: Past, Present, and Looking Forward. The Counseling Psychologist, 47, 938-962.
Watkins, C. E., Jr., Hook, J. N., DeBlaere, C., Davis, D. E., Van Tongeren, D. R., Owen, J., & Callahan, J. L. (2019). Humility, ruptures, and rupture repair in clinical supervision: A simple conceptual clarification and extension. The Clinical Supervisor,38, 281-300.
Franco, M. G., Toomey, T. M.*, DeBlaere, C. & Rice, K. (2019). An examination of identity incongruent discrimination, racial identity, and mental health for Multiracial individuals. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2019.1663788.
Chadwick, C.N.*, & DeBlaere, C. (2019). The power of sisterhood: The moderating role of womanism in the discrimination-distress link among women of color in the United States. Sex Roles, 5-6, 326-337.
Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., Hook, J. N., Rivera, D. P., Choe, E.*, Van Tongeren, D. R., Worthington, E. 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
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
The IaMPRIDE 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.
- 2020 Laura Cobourne: JoAnna White Play Therapy Scholarship, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State
- 2020 Cirleen DeBlaere: College of Education & Human Development Service to the Profession Award, Georgia State
- 2019 Laura Cobourne: Ayse Ilgaz Carden Psychology Award, Agnes Scott University
- 2019 Cirleen DeBlaere: Woman of the Year Award, Section for the Advancement of Women, Division 17, APA
- 2019 Shola Shodiya-Zeumault: Karen Lopp Award, CPS, GSU’s College of Education & Human Development
- 2019 Jacklyn Bird: Minority Fellowship for Masters in Mental Health, National Board for Certified Counselors, SAMHSA
- 2018 Cirleen DeBlaere: Outstanding Early Career Professional Supervisor/Trainer Award, Supervision and Training Section, Division 17, APA
- 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)
Caleb Chadwick, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
Chadwick graduated in 2019 with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. He earned his bachelors from the University of Georgia and worked as a neuro-psychometrist and research coordinator at the University of Washington. He earned his masters of education in human development counseling at Vanderbilt University. His professional interests focus on the lived experience of holding multiple marginalized identities, with particular interest in the experiences of LGBT and HIV positive individuals. He enjoys spending time with loved ones and going to the movies.
David Zelaya, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
Zelaya graduated in 2019 with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. He also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He holds a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University, New Orleans and an M.Ed in human development from Lehigh University. His focus is on the intersectionality of multiple stigmatized identities with emphasis on sexual and ethnic minorities. He is committed to advocacy and holds leadership in the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). He was also a 2016 APA pre-doctoral minority fellow funded by SAMHSA.
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. Bowie graduated in 2018.
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.