Science of Diversity in Psychology

Group of people standing for diversity photo

Individuals pictured: Top row, left to right: Alison McLeish, Donna Chrobot-Mason, Kristen Jastrowski-Mano, Quintino Rodrigues Mano. Bottom-row, left to right: Bridgette Peteet, Farrah Jacquez. Not pictured: Kathy Burlew, Charles W. Ginn, Stacie Holloway, Debjani Sinha


The mission of the Science of Diversity initiative in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati is to ensure that diversity is valued in faculty, students, and staff through research, teaching, practice, and service.


The vision for the Science of Diversity initiative is to produce, facilitate, and disseminate best practices in psychology research, clinical practice, teaching, and systems to transform students, faculty, and the community through a globally conscious approach.

Faculty and Students: In alignment with the broader department and university missionwe aim to recruit and/or retain talented diverse undergraduate, graduate, and faculty by 1) preparing  capable undergraduate students  to pursue advance degrees in psychology and related fields, 2) expanding efforts to recruit and retain diverse graduate students into psychology or human resources,  3) training students for  effective careers in a diverse world and 4) valuing diversity in hiring decisions and  being conscious of the potential needs of diverse faculty.

Research: Good science in a diverse world requires researchers to use culturally competent research methods. We aim to equip our students and ourselves with the skills needed to conduct research that addresses rather than ignores the growing heterogeneity in the communities that we study.

Teaching: We aim to infuse inclusive teaching methodologies that support and appreciate diversity in the classroom.  Examples of inclusive teaching methods include:  1) creating an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion in any discipline, 2) designing a curriculum that recognizes and values diverse contributors to the field of study, 3) allowing for the expression of diversity in the classroom, and 4) generating and moderating open discussions on diversity issues in the classroom.

Clinical: The core faculty of the Science of Diversity initiative seeks to coordinate, conduct and disseminate culturally competent clinical services and clinical research to diverse client populations and communities. Faculty members work both in and with communities to ensure clinical work has contextual relevance. We work to provide educational opportunities for students and providers regarding best practices in culturally competent therapy and clinical research.

Community: We aim to collaborate with community organizations (for-profit and not-for-profit) to discuss and address diversity-related issues and cultural competence in the community (e.g., identifying and addressing health disparities, diversity management and training).


Information on faculty research, teaching, clinical, and community resources can be found by accessing the links below.

Kathy Burlew, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Research, Teaching, and Clinical Practice

My work focuses on (1) the cultural adaptation of generic interventions (especially HIV behavioral interventions) to be more appropriate for different target groups and; (2) The evaluation of substance use interventions to determine their efficacy of ethnic minorities (especially African Americans)


Donna Chrobot-Mason, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Research, Teaching, Community, and Workspace

I have been focusing on research and teaching in the area of workplace diversity for twenty years. I study diversity training, diversity management, and inclusion in the workplace as well as leadership in the context of diversity.


Farrah Jacquez, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Research, Teaching, and Community 

My research focuses on community-partnered approaches to health disparities. Some current projects focus on Latino immigrant health and healthcare experiences, social determinants of infant mortality, and obesity in Appalachia.

Courses I teach include:

Research Methods Capstone, Diversity and Health

Lindsay N. Johnson

Diversity focus: Research, Teaching, Community & Workplace

My research focuses on work related issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education, organizations, and community spaces.


Charles W. Ginn, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Teaching

I currently teach Managing Diversity and Psychology of Stigma & Prejudice. I conducted workshops across numerous Central & Eastern European countries during the demise of the Soviet Union and built collaborate relationships with colleagues at universities in this region.


Stacie Holloway, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Research

Work related to NSF ADVANCE grant focuses on the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women and URM faculty in STEM disciplines; Additional research projects explore (more generally) issues surrounding women and leadership; This work has been presented at national conferences and published in leading journals (e.g., the Leadership Quarterly).


Kristen Jastrowski Mano, Ph.D.

Diversity focus: Research

Work related to measurement equivalence across diverse populations. Past work has focused on, for example, measurement equivalence of the Child Behavior Checklist among parents of African American adolescents.


Quintino Rodrigues Mano, Ph.D.

Diversity focus: Research

Work related to reading and emotional processing among individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Alison McLeish, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Teaching, Service, and Research

I discuss diversity-related issues in my clinical supervision of graduate students as well as part of all courses that I teach. My research focuses on the role of anxiety in substance use problems among individuals with chronic medical conditions, who are often member of an ethnic or racial minority group. Thus, as part of this research, we examine racial and ethnic differences the impact of anxiety on chronic medical conditions as well as comorbid substance use and chronic medical conditions.


Bridgette Peteet, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Research, Teaching, and Service   

My expertise in diversity extends to teaching, research, and service. I teach a graduate level course called Diversity in Clinical Populations. My research focuses on ethnic minority and first generation college students. I also serve as a consultant and conduct cultural competency training for external agencies.


Debjani Sinha, Ph.D

Diversity focus: Teaching and Clinical

Honoring diversity is multifaceted in its conceptualization and its execution in teaching and clinical practice. I am particularly aware of the diverse range of students and clients I work with, beyond the demographics, but also in terms of life experiences. I am particularly interested in cultural diversity, and working with clients from various ethnic and regional backgrounds.