B.A., Boston University, 2000
M.A., New York University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2009
Mental health correlates of discrimination and stigma
Intersectionality and intersections of multiple marginalized identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation)
Risk and resiliency
Measurement validation and evaluation
Multicultural competence and social justice advocacy in research, practice and teaching/training
Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere 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. To date, her work has focused on the links of minority stressors (e.g., discrimination, prejudice, stigma) to mental health.
She also investigates potential moderating and mediating variables in the minority stress-mental health relation to identify points of intervention and inform the development of mental health-promoting strategies for multiply marginalized individuals.
Her research has been published in premier journals in her field, such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist and Psychology of Women Quarterly. Dr. DeBlaere’s work has also been recognized with several national awards including the 2011 TCP Major Contribution Award (APA, Society of Counseling Psychology), the 2012 Research on Psychotherapy with Women Award (APA, Society for the Psychology of Women), the 2012 Women of Color Psychologies Award (Association for Women in Psychology), and the 2018 Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Ally (APA, Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity).
Finally, Dr. DeBlaere is invested in teaching, training, and service activities that manifest her investment in diversity and social justice issues. For instance, she currently serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Public Interest for the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA, Division 17). She also co-founded and is the inaugural co-chair of the Division on Asian Americans with Multiple Heritages of the Asian American Psychological Association. Recently, she was awarded the Outstanding Early Career Professional Supervisor/Trainer Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Supervision and Training Section in recognition of her contributions to supervision and training.
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
Davis, D., E., DeBlaere, C., Brubaker, K.*, Owen, J., Jordan, T. J.*, Hook, J. N., and Van Tongeren, D. R. (in press). “Microaggressions and perceptions of cultural humility in counseling.” Journal of Counseling and Development.
DeBlaere, C., Brewster, M. E., Bertsch, K. N., DeCarlo, A. L., Kegel, K. A., and 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., and 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., and 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.
DeBlaere, C., Brewster, M. E., Sarkees, A., and Moradi, B. (2010). “Conducting research with LGB People of Color: Methodological challenges and strategies.” The Counseling Psychologist, 38, 331-362.