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Cirleen DeBlaere

Associate Professor    

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), and the 2012 Women of Color Psychologies Award (Association for Women in Psychology). Finally, Dr. DeBlaere is invested in teaching and service activities that manifest her investment in diversity and social justice issues. For instance, she 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) and was selected to participate in the inaugural 2012 Society of Counseling Psychology Leadership Academy.


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.