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 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 mixed race dyads in the counseling relationship, understanding the impact of stereotypes, and the role of cultural stigma on help-seeking. We are also interested in understanding resilience factors resulting from racial socialization.