Growing diversity in America and the expanse of psychological inquiry cross-culturally requires diagnostic clarity and the use of quantifiable and reliable methods of collecting clinical and research data. It imperative that we are able to measure psychological constructs accurately for use in cross-cultural research. The CMHD is working to establish cross-cultural validity or equivalence among several popular diagnostic instruments. These include:
Race and ethnicity are associated with a number unfavorable mental health outcomes, such as increased psychiatric hospitalization and longer periods of illness. One mechanism by which this may occur is believed to be due to racism, discrimination, and prejudice. The CMHD is working to elucidate these relationships through the study of racial differences in the counseling relationship, understanding the impact of stereotypes and microaggressions, and the role of cultural stigma on help-seeking. We are also interested in understanding resilience factors resulting from racial socialization.
Williams, M. T., Duque, G., Chapman, L. K., Wetterneck, C. T., & DeLapp, R.C.T. (in press). Ethnic identity and regional differences in mental health in a national sample of African American young adults. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0372-y
DeLapp, R. C. T., Chapman, L. K., & Williams, M. T. (2016). Psychometric properties of a brief version of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire in African Americans and European Americans. Psychological Assessment, 28(5), 499-508. doi: 10.1037/pas0000208
Williams, M. T., Chasson, G. S., & Davis, D. M. (2015). Anxiety and Affect in Racially Unmatched Dyads During Evaluation and Assessment. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-63482-460-6.