UNL Department of Psychology Statement of Support for the AAPI Community

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Psychology condemns the senseless violence that occurred in this week’s Atlanta shootings, which involved the brutal killings of eight people, most of them Asian American women. We also recognize that the attack in Atlanta is not an isolated incident, but part of a longer historical pattern of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) that has increased over the past year. These horrific acts of violence hurt our entire community and run counter to our mission of supporting a diverse and inclusive community in which we respect and affirm our differences and condemn violence. We are deeply concerned about the toxic combination of prejudice and the deliberate promotion of misinformation about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an increase in violence, harassment, and xenophobia against Asian American communities. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community against this unjust treatment and will continue to fight for a world where diversity is celebrated and everyone is included.

For more information on supporting the AAPI Community:

Anti-racism resources to support the Asian American, Pacific Islander community

Anti-Asian Violence Resources

Educational Video

Reporting Hate, Racism, and Violence towards the AAPI Community

UNL TIPS Incident Reporting

Lincoln Asian Community and Cultural Center

Commitment to Diversity
The CPTP takes pride in their commitment to promoting diversity as well as recruiting and training a diverse student body.  Diversity and inclusion are also central to UNL’s mission and its pursuit of excellence.  Learn more about UNL's approach to diversity in graduate education here.

Diversity Training
Students have numerous opportunities to work with diverse populations both in their community placements as well as our in-house training clinic. We believe that experience with diverse backgrounds and traditions are essential for clinical psychologists, and that the survival of psychology as a professional and scientific community depends on diverse representation among its membership. It is important to us that this atmosphere continues to be a significant characteristic of the CPTP.  
Courses and practicum training clearly reflect the contemporary multicultural context in which we live and practice psychology. Clinical students are also required to take a 3 credit diversity course. Graduate students in psychology, including clinical, may choose to complete an informal “diversity concentration” that involves additional coursework inside and outside the department and a comprehensive exam. The diversity concentration typically focuses on gender, race/ethnicity, or sexual minorities. Learn more about the diversity minor here and view the CPTP diversity course requirements here.

Diversity Related Research in the Department of Psychology
Several faculty within the Psychology Department have an interest in diversity issues within their scholarship and research. Find out more information about their research labs and projects here.  See below for a representative list of diversity-related publications from faculty and graduate students of the CPTP.

Interview Weekend Diversity Brunch
During interview weekend, an optional Diversity Brunch is held for applicants interested in diversity issues. During this brunch, applicants are encouraged to speak candidly with current students about diversity as it relates to not only research and clinical work, but also life in Lincoln and within the CPTP. This brunch is non-evaluative, meaning it is not included for consideration in determining offers of admission.

Psychology Department Sarata Diversity Enhancement
Named in honor of Dr. Brian Sarata, a former faculty member in the department, the Sarata Diversity Enhancement Committee within the Department of Psychology is dedicated to the promotion of scholarship for diverse populations or on diversity topics within the field.  View the Sarata Diversity Enhancement mission statement here.

Additional Resources
APA Guidelines and Resolutions
UNL Student Affairs Diversity Policy
Diversity at UNL

Representative Publications

  • Acosta, L.M., Andrews, A.R., Acosta Canchila, M.N., & Ramos, A.K. (2020). Testing Machismo and the Gender Role Strain Theory with Latino Migrant Farmworkers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

  • Andrews, A.R., Haws, J.K., Acosta, L.M., Acosta Canchila, M.N., Carlo, G., Grant, K., & Ramos, A.K. (2020).  Combinatorial effects of discrimination, legal status fears, adverse childhood experiences, and harsh working conditions among Latino migrant farmworkers: Testing learned helplessness hypothesesJournal of Latinx Psychology. Advance online publication.

  • Andrews, A.R., López, C.M., Snyder, A., Saunders, B. & Kilpatrick, D.G. (2019). Polyvictimization, Related Symptoms, and Familial and Neighborhood Contexts as Longitudinal Mediators of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Violence Exposure across AdolescenceJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 21, 679-692.

  • April, M. E., Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., & Brock, R. L., (2021). Perceived severity of chronic illness diagnosis and psychological well-being: Exploring the multiplicity and dimensions of identity change. Identity. doi:10.1080/15283488.2021.1919115 
  • Bogen, K.W., Mulla, M.M., Haikalis, M. & Orchowski, L.M. (2020). Sexual victimization among men: A qualitative analysis of the Twitter hashtag #UsToo. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520967167
  • Boles, R. E., Nelson, T. D., Chamberlin, L. A., Valenzuela, J. M., Sherman, S. N., Johnson, S. L., & Powers, S. W. (2010). Confirmatory factor analysis of the child feeding questionnaire among low-income African American families of preschool children. Appetite, 54, 402-405.

  • Brock, R. L., Franz, M., O’Bleness, J., & Lawrence, E. (2019). The dynamic interplay between satisfaction with intimate relationship functioning and daily mood in low-income outpatients. Family Process, 58, 891-907. doi: 10.1111/famp.12402

  • Brock, R.L., Kochanska, G., O’Hara, M.W., & Grekin, R. (2015). Life satisfaction moderates the effectiveness of a play-based parenting intervention in low-income mothers and toddlers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1283-1294. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0014-y

  • Cheadle, J. E., Goosby, B. J., Jochman, J. C., Tomaso, C. C., Kozikowski-Yancey, C. B., Nelson, T. D. (2020). Race and ethnic variation in college students’ racism-related negative affect and stress reactivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(49), 31053-31062. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1922025117

  • Clemmons, J. C., DiLillo, D., Martinez, I. G., DeGue, S., & Jeffcott, M. (2003). Co-occurring forms of child maltreatment and adult adjustment reported by Latina college students. Child Abuse & Neglect27, 751-767.

  • Futa, K. T., Hsu, E., & Hansen, D. J. (2001). Child sexual abuse in Asian-American families: An examination of cultural factors that influence prevalence, identification, and treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8, 189-209.

  • Gervais, S.J., DiLillo, D., & McChargue, D. (2014). Understanding the link between men’s alcohol use and sexual violence perpetration: The mediating role of sexual objectification. Psychology of Violence.
  • Hansen, D. J., Zamboanga, B. L., & Sedlar, G. (2000). Cognitive behavior therapy with ethnic-minority adolescents: Broadening our perspectives. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 7, 54-60.

  • Hope, D. A., & Chappell, C. (2015).  Extending training in multicultural competencies to include individuals identifying as lesbian, gay and bisexual: Key choice points for clinical psychology training programs. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

  • Hope, D. A. (2022). Mitigating the mental health impact of marginalization and discrimination. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2022.03.001 (invited paper in honor of the life and contributions of Aaron T. Beck.)

  • Hsu, E., Ewoldt, C., & Hansen, D. J. (2004). Understanding the mental health needs of Southeast Asian refugees: Historical, cultural, and contextual challenges. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 193-213.

  • Huit, T. Z., Holt, N. R., Farquhar-Leicester, A., Brock, R., Mocarski, R. A., Woodruff, N., & Hope, D. A. (Accepted for Publication). Test-retest reliability and sensitivity of a brief clinical monitoring measure for transgender and gender diverse individuals: The Trans Collaborations Clinical Check-in (TC3). Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

  • Jaffe, A. E., Blayney, J. A., Lewis, M. A., & Kaysen, D. (2020). Prospective risk for incapacitated rape among sexual minority women: Hook-ups and drinking. The Journal of Sex Research, 57, 922–932. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2019.1661949 

    Jaffe, A. E., Duckworth, J. C., Blayney, J. A., Lewis, M. A., & Kaysen, D. (2021). A prospective study of predictors and consequences of hooking up for sexual minority women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50, 1599–1612. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01896-4 

  • James, D. V.,  Mullen, P. E.,  Meloy, J. R.,  Pathé, M. T., Preston, L. F., Darnley, B., Farnham, F. R., & Scalora, M. J. (2011). Stalkers and harassers of British royalty: An exploration of proxy behaviours for violence. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 64-80.

  • Kidwell, K.M., Nelson, T.D., & Van Dyk, T.R. (2015). Parenting stress and child physical health among a low-income sample: The moderating role of child anxiety. Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 1377-1387.

  • Kouyoumdjian, H., Zamboanga, B. L., & Hansen, D. J. (2003). Barriers to mental health services for Latinos: Treatment and research considerations. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10, 394-422.

  • LeBlanc-Ralston, A. L., Holt, N. R., Huit, T. Z., Puckett, J. A., Woodruff, N., Mocarski, R., & Hope, D. A. (Accepted for Publication). Mental health and marginalization stress in transgender and gender diverse adults: Urban and non-urban experiences. (Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity)

  • Lundahl, A., Nelson, T.D., Smith, T.R., & West, T. (2013). Psychosocial stressors and health behaviors: Examining sleep, sedentary behaviors, and physical activity in a low-income pediatric sample. Clinical Pediatrics, 52, 721-729.

  • Meidlinger, P., & Hope, D. A. (2014). Diversity considerations in the assessment and treatment of social anxiety disorder. (p. 223-246).  In J. Weeks (ed.). Handbook of Social Anxiety Disorder.  New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Meidlinger, P., & Hope, D. A. (2014). Differentiating disclosure and concealment in measurement of outness for sexual minorities The Nebraska Outness Scale.  Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity4, 489-497.

  • Morales Knight, L., & Hope, D. A. (2012). Correlates of same-sex attractions and behaviors among identified heterosexuals.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 1199-1208.  doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-9927-5

  • Nelson, T.D., Kidwell, K.M., Armenta, B.E., Crockett, L.J., Carlo, G., & Whitbeck, L. B. (2014). Rural Latino health: Preliminary examination of health status and cultural correlates. Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 802-809.

  • Oakland, A., & McChargue, D. E. (2014). The impact of social anxiety and polysubstance use on the length of treatment for alcohol use disorders for men in a residential substance use treatment program. Journal of Dual Diagnosis.

  • Orchowski, L.M. & Bogen, K.W., Bhuptani, P.H. (2021). Gender bias in recognition awards from the American Psychological Association. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000420
  • Otto, E. A., Kumar, S. A., & DiLillo, D. (2022). Music’s impact on the sexualization of Black bodies: Examining links between hip-hop and sexualization of Black women. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 27, 145-153. https://doi.org/10.24839/2325-7342.JN27.2.145

  • Richner, K. A., Pavelka, S., McChargue, D. (2022). A restorative justice intervention in United States prisons: Implications of intervention timing, age, and gender on recidivism. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

  • Sartin-Tarm, A. & Lorenz, T. (In press) Sexual trauma moderates hormonal mediators of women’s sexual function. Current Sexual Health Reports.

  • Stoyanova, M., & Hope, D. A. (2012).  Gender, gender roles, and anxiety: Perceived confirmability of self report, behavioral avoidance, and physiological reactivity.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 206-214. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.11.006
  • Tetreault, P. A., Fette, R., Meidlinger, P., & Hope, D. A. (2013) Perceptions of campus climate by sexual minorities.  Journal of Homosexuality60, 947-964.  doi:10.1080/00918369.2013.774874.

  • Tuliao, A. P., Landoy, B. V. N., Mullet, M. D., Canoy, N., Klanecky, A. K., & McChargue, D. E. (2021). A cross-cultural comparison of the role of sexual objectification as a mediating mechanism in the relations between alcohol use and sexual assault perpetration.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519842850

  • Tuliao, A.P., & McChargue, D. E. (in press). Severity of alcohol use and sexual aggression among male college students: Investigating the moderating and mediating roles of alcohol outcome expectancies. American Journal on Addictions.

  • Vásquez, D., Ponte, L., Andrews, A.R., García, E., Terrazas-Carrillo, E., Ojeda, L., & de Arellano, M.A. (2019). Más allá de las barreras: Competency and practice considerations in language, cultural, and social issues when delivering group CPT to Hispanic immigrantsInternational Journal of Group Psychotherapy. Advance online publication

  • Walsh, K., DiLillo, D., & Scalora, M. S. (2011). The cumulative impact of sexual revictimization on emotion regulation difficulties: An examination of female inmates. Violence Against Women, 17, 1103-1118.

  • Weiss, B. J., Hope, D. A., & Capozzoli, M. (2013). Heterocentric language in commonly used measures of social anxiety:  Recommended alternate wording.  Behavior Therapy, 44, 1-11.