MEET THE MCO TEAM

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TED BARTHOLOMEW (PH.D.)

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Africana Studies, Scripps College

Dr. Bartholomew is an Assistant Professor of Psychology & Africana Studies at Scripps College. His research focuses on psychotherapy processes and mental illness from international, multicultural, and positive psychological lenses as well as methodology in psychological research. This work has included explorations of explanatory models of mental illness, transgender clients' distress, therapist effects with international students, hope in psychotherapy, and therapists' cultural comfort in addition to other studies with an underscored emphasis on understanding the co-construction of culture and psychology. His empirical efforts in are driven by a pragmatic use of research methods, drawing from quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic, and mixed methods perspectives that also include community engagement to understand cultural processes.

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DON DAVIS (PH.D.)

The research program Don Davis works with generally falls under the umbrella of positive psychology. The lab, called Humility and the Advancement of Positive Psychology Interventions (HAPPI), generally studies the virtues humility, forgiveness and gratitude. The lab does both basic and applied research. He also does work on spirituality as an aspect of diversity.

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CIRLEEN DEBLAERE (PH.D.)

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.

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JOANNA DRINANE (PH.D.)

Joanna maintains a program of study, which focuses on viewing psychotherapy process and outcome through a cultural lens. In particular, she seeks to capture how intersections of identity shape the therapeutic relationship and the impact cultural conversations have on the change clients make in therapy. Her research primarily employs quantitative methods to examine the interplay between factors associated with clients, therapists, and the systems in which they reside.

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JOSHUA HOOK (PH.D.)

Joshua Hook (Ph.D.) is a Counseling Psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, where he teaches Multicultural Counseling. His research interests include humility, religion/spirituality, and multicultural counseling and training. He blogs regularly at www.JoshuaNHook.com

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MARTIN KIVLIGHAN (PH.D.)

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

MELANIE LANTZ (PH.D.)

Dr. Melanie (Mel) Lantz is an Assistant Professor and Director of Doctoral Training in Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Her research, both qualitative and quantitative, focuses predominantly on racial justice, including antiracism and whiteness work, particularly in the contexts of psychotherapy and higher education. Her research also focuses on social justice more broadly, including social justice theory, as well as economic justice and LGBTQIA+ justice. Her overarching goals are to improve psychotherapeutic services and higher education for members of history marginalized communities, and to better understand the factors that hinder advancement toward equity and justice. Dr. Lantz has presents often (at APA Conventions as well as more local presentations) on the topics of Multicultural Orientation, Multicultural Counseling, Multicultural Training and Education, Social Class, LGBTQIA+ issues including Trans Affirmative Care, Antiracism, as well as Addiction/Substance Abuse (a clinical area of expertise and passion of hers), and Trauma. She has held a number of leadership positions in the American Psychological Association and its Divisions, including currently serving on the APA Board of Educational Affairs and as Past-Chair of the Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Early Career Professionals Committee. She recently received the 2018 APA Early Career Achievement Award.

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JESSE OWEN (PH.D.)

Dr. Jesse Owen is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. His research seeks to contribute to the enhancement and understanding of couples' relationship functioning, as well as to develop a deeper understanding of the common and specific factors related to therapeutic effectiveness. An underlying assumption of his lab's mission is to contextualize their work through cross-cultural factors that are inherently interwoven with the lives of individuals, couples, and therapists.

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ANDRES PEREZ-ROJAS (PH.D.)

Dr. Perez-Rojas is interested in various aspects of culture and multiculturalism, particularly on topics related to language and bilingualism, acculturation, Latino/a mental health, and the role of culture in psychotherapy. Through theoretical and empirical scholarship, Dr. Pérez-Rojas strives to advance knowledge of what makes psychotherapy work, and the cultural factors that hinder and/or enrich the psychotherapy experience for multilingual and culturally diverse people.

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KAREN TAO (PH.D.)

 Karen’s clinical and research interests are guided by an overarching goal to reduce disparities in the access, service, and quality of mental health and education for historically marginalized groups. She is interested in the questions, “How do people negotiate conversations about difference and culture?” and “Why does multicultural competence matter?” 

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STEPHANIE WINKELJOHN BLACK (PH.D.)

Stephanie Winkeljohn Black uses MCO principles to understand psychotherapy trainees' approach in working with clients of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular (RSS) backgrounds. A forthcoming article in a special issue on Cultural Humility in the Journal of Psychology and Theology features a pilot study on how trainees respond to feedback, a component of MCO, about their attitudes toward RSS identities. Dr. Winkeljohn Black has given talks at the American Psychological Association and Penn State on this work.