Associates of the Center

The following list presents the names, research interests, e-mail addresses, and webpage links for the associates of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research. All associates are members of the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University and possess a doctorate degree. The mailing address for all associates is: Department of Psychology, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9172 USA. Specific questions in their area of expertise should be addressed to them.

Adriana M. Manago, PhD

Assistant Professor
WWU Psychology personal website

Courses Taught

Lifespan Developmental Psychology; Overview of Research Methods, Seminar in Psychological Theory, Graduate Seminar in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Adolescent Development

Research Interests

Cultural developmental psychology, adolescent identity development, gender and sexual development, feminism, social media, cultural values of individualism and collectivism, sociocultural change among indigenous Maya communities in Southern Mexico, among Latino and Euro-American populations in the United States, and among Arab and Bedouin populations in Israel.

Alex Czopp, PhD

Associate Professor
WWU Psychology personal website

Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology; Social Psychology; Experimental Research Methods & Statistics; Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination; Psychology of Food

Research interests

Attempts to reduce prejudice and discrimination, the negative consequences of “positive” stereotypes

Barbara Lehman, PhD

Associate Professor
WWU Psychology personal website
Additional Professional website

Courses Taught

Research Methods & Statistical Analysis: Correlational Approaches; Research Methods & Statistical Analysis: Experimental Approaches; Health Psychology; Developmental Psychology;  Experimental Methods & Data Analysis

Interests

Health implications of socioeconomic disparities; cultural factors that contribute to health disparities

Research Interests

Experience sampling; emotional and physiological correlates of social situations (discrete emotions, ambulatory blood pressure, heart rate variability, cortisol); social evaluative threat; mindfulness meditation; coping (including rumination and social support)

Dale L. Dinnel, PhD

Professor

Courses taught

The Psychology of Happiness and Well-Being, Research Methods and Statistical Analysis: Correlational Approaches, Positive Psychology, Seminar in Cognition

Interests

Outside of my professional interests, I enjoy woodworking and photography.

Research Interests

The Impact of Mindfulness Training, Cultural Values, and Environmental Values on Environmental Sustainability Behaviors in Canada, Mexico, and the United States; Cultural Definitions of Happiness and Well-Being; Cultural and Psychological Factors that Contribute to the Building of Resilience

David Sattler, PhD

Professor

WWU Psychology personal website

Courses taught

Social psychology, environmental psychology

Research Interests

Social and environmental issues; disaster response and recovery around the world; promoting sustainable behavior; cooperation in groups; social dilemmas. Recent work examines concern for climate change among survivors of a super typhoon in the Philippines, posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth among survivors of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and establishing and evaluating the International Tsunami Museum in Thailand.

Deborah Kirby Forgays, PhD

Professor

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology, Seminar in Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods, Psychology of Gender, Child Development, Adolescent Development Graduate” Research Methods, Practicum, Internship, Adult Psychopathology, Developmental Psychology, Ethics and Legal Issues; Family & Couples Counseling

Research & Pedagogical Interest

women and anger/aggression; gender differences and similarities in emotion expression; the influence of developmental stage on social relationships; prevention of psychopathology

James Loucky, PhD

Professor of Anthropology

Courses Taught

Childhood & Culture; Intercultural Education; Global Ethics

Research Interests

Promoting ecocultural understandings, strengthening community wellbeing, social & environmental justice, global migration, developments, intergenerational learning, humane borders, Maya & Mesoamerican diasporic dynamics, transformative field courses, resiliency & climate change

Jane Kroger, PhD

Research Associate, WWU;
Professor Emeritus of Developmental Psychology, University of Tromsø, Norway

Courses Taught

Developmental Psychology; Psychology of Adolescence; Psychology of Adulthood; Counseling Psychology

Interests

Psychosocial development in context; cultural influences on development; psychoanalytic ego psychology; object relations psychology; identity development

Research Interests

Identity development through adolescence and adulthood; aging; meta-analysis; narrative studies of identity formation

Jeff King, PhD

Professor
WWU Psychology personal website

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Culture & Psychology; Seminar in Culture and Psychology; Abnormal psychology; Seminar in Abnormal Psychology (Culture & Abnormal Psychology); Graduate: Practicum in Counseling; Culture & Counseling

Interests

Healing across cultures; Disparities in Health and Behavioral Health; Scientific mindedness and cultural perception; Indigenous knowledge; Culture and worldview

Research Interests

The impact of teaching culture to undergraduate psychology students; the impact of teaching culture and counseling to graduate counseling students; Global versus Western education—course content in psychology; best practices or practice based evidence and mental health among indigenous cultures.

Jennifer Davenport, PhD

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

Psy 240-Social Psychology, 301-Research Methods, 343- Social Processes, 344- Psychology and the Law, 442- Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology

Research Interests

Psychology and Law: Research interests includes eyewitness identification evidence and jury decision-making.

Jim Graham, PhD

Associate Professor

WWU Psychology personal website

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Human Sexuality, Research Methods and Statistical Analysis: Correlational Approaches, Psychology of Romantic Relationships; Graduate: Practicum in Counseling, Standardized Tests, Testing and Appraisal in Counseling, Advanced Multivariate Modeling

Research Interests

Adaptive processes in romantic relationships, Self-expansion, Romantic love, Adaptation to stress in same- and different-sex couples, Meta-analysis, Psychometrics

Joseph E. Trimble, PhD

Distinguished University Professor; Professor of Psychology
WWU Psychology personal website

Courses Taught

Advanced Social Psychology; Attitude and Attitude Change; Social Network Analysis; Cross-Cultural Psychology

Research Interests

Ethical and responsible conduct of research; mental health correlates and the experiences of indigenous populations; diversity and leadership; multicultural psychology; social network analysis; cross-cultural psychology; stress and coping among indigenous populations.

Leslie Conton, PhD

Professor
WWU Psychology personal website

Courses Taught

Curers, Clients and Culture: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Health and Illness: Cross-cultural Shamanism; Coming of Age: Cross-cultural Perspective on Initiation; Awareness Through the Body I and II (Somatics); Dreams, Imagination and Creativity; The Art of Play; Fairhaven core classes…

Research Interests

Documentation, preservation, and maintenance of Indigenous (and contemporary) shamanisms; Indigenous spiritual freedoms; Somatics, sensory awareness and social justice; Anthropology of the body.

Lucy Purgason, PhD

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

Counseling Skills; Role of the School Counselor; Counseling Practicum; Child Development Research

Interests

ethnic identity development; social networking and school counseling; transition experiences of immigrant and refugee students; counseling supervision; applications of Relational Cultural Theory

Robinder (Rob) P. Bedi, PhD

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

undergraduate and graduate courses in abnormal psychology, theories of counseling, career counseling, group counseling, substance abuse/dependence, and individual counseling practicum.

Research

Mental health, addiction, and counseling with Punjabi Sikh individuals both in India and North America. He typically teaches.

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