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CURRENT PROJECTS

BELIEFS ABOUT SUICIDE IN NAMIBIA

Mixed methods, within and cross-cultural, study of suicide beliefs in Namibia. In addition, this project is aimed at identifying avenues for integrating cultural beliefs about distress into mental health services. 

Collaborators: Dr. Shelene Gentz

EXPLANATORY MODELS OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY AMONG REFUGEES IN INDIANA

Mixed methods study pertaining to explanatory models of mental illness, mental health literacy and general beliefs about mental health, perceived discrimination and social integration, and psychological well-being and distress among refugees resettled in Indiana.

Collaborators: Dr. Brittany Gundel, Culture, Psychotherapy, and Mental Health Research Team

PSYCHOTHERAPY OUTCOMES WITH TRANSGENDER CLIENTS

Series of studies emphasizing transgender experiences before and through treatment. Study one compares pre-treatment stressors between transgender and cisgender clients. Study two emphasizes distress change over the course of treatment and therapist effects with transgender clients. Study three is aimed at understanding the meaning transgender individuals who sought therapy ascribe to experiences of pathologization.

Collaborators: Dr. Brittany Gundel, Dr. Andres Perez-Rojas, Dr. Allison Lockard, John Sullivan, Culture, Psychotherapy, and Mental Health Research Team

HOPE IN PSYCHOTHERAPY: THERAPIST AND CLIENT PERSPECTIVES

Series of three studies addressing the meaning of therapists' hope for clients (qual), validating a scale to assess therapists' hope for clients (quan), and exploring the relationship between client and therapist hope in conjunction with therapeutic outcomes.

Collaborators: Dr. Brittany Gundel, Dr. Michael Scheel, Culture, Psychotherapy, and Mental Health Research Team

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