Covid-19 Wellness Study

We got a nice write up today in the Minnesota Daily describing our COVID19 wellness study. We are finishing up data cleaning and merging the three waves of data and then will run the quantitative analyses, followed by the a qualitative analyses. Great job to my grad student, Vanessa Anyanso, for running the study logistics and making it happen. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to Dr Adam Kim

Congratulations to Adam who successfully defended his dissertation this morning. his dissertation topic was titled “People of Color are people of action: Asian American participation in own group and African American oriented collective action.” Adam will begin the next phase of his career as a visiting assistant professor in social psychology at Weslyan University.

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Congratulations Anne Zhou!

So happy for Anne who successfully defended her dissertation today. Her study explored the relationship between barriers to care with intention to seek mental health services in college students. Anne is completing her predoctoral internship and will begin her new job as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Florida starting this fall. Go Anne!

Congratulations to undergrad RA Sam Lee!

So happy to share that Familee lab RA Sam Lee received 2nd place in this year’s Sharon Borine Capstone award competition. As a finalist, Sam is recognized for his final senior capstone project being one of the best in Spring semester – deemed as of the highest quality by section leaders, the course instructor, and a group of faculty reviewers in the Dept of Psychology. Special thanks for his grad student mentor, Christine Wu, who has worked closely with Sam over the last couple years. Sam also is a co-author on one of our published studies. Sam began his undergrad studies by taking my freshman seminar and soon after joined our lab where he has excelled for four years. YAY!!!!!

Women and Minority Experiences of Workplace Bias

Lamson who is a graduating senior and one of my study coordinators in the lab just finished his research project on workplace bias. He made a great recorded presentation that you can view at the below link.

Workplace bias and discrimination is a growing issue, especially as workplaces increase in diversity. Women and minority experiences of workplace bias have been tied to poor job satisfaction as well general health outcomes. While it is widely accepted that women and minorities are at a disadvantage in the workplace, it is not completely clear what these disadvantages are and where they come from. This study examined qualitative survey responses from 190 individuals about their experiences with bias at work. Three major themes arose: types of bias, sources of bias, and reactions to bias. Some subthemes like gender bias and caregiver bias were more relevant to women but also affected minorities in unique ways. These findings help identify the ways in which women and minorities are discriminated against in the workplace and create a foundation for addressing workplace bias.

View the recorded presentation at the below link:

Taking a stand against xenophobia and racism

In the midst of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, Asian and Asian Americans at the university, in Minnesota, throughout the country, and across the world have been racially targeted directly and indirectly. These xenophobic and racist acts are deplorable and cannot be tolerated. Below are some recent racist and xenophobic events on campus, in the Twin Cities, and across all of Minnesota.

Now more than ever, it is an important reminder that we all are responsible for taking a stand against it. Read the statement against xenophobia by the UMN Asian American Studies Program which Psychology has since co-signed. If you see such behaviors or hear such comments in meetings and classrooms, as well as via zoom and social media, it is our moral obligation to speak up, intervene as a bystander, and check in with the intended targets to make sure they are safe and have support.

MN Govenor Walz also has launched a discrimination helpline and online portal to report these racist acts and crimes.

Psychology and higher education associations have provided resources to prepare and address these issues.

And it’s important to recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread stigma and fears about wearing a face mask and a disproportionate impact on Latino and African Americancommunities, in addition to Asian Americans.

I encourage you to take time at the start of your classes and student meetings to check in with your students to see how they are coping and use that time as an opportunity to address racism and xenophobia against racial and ethnic minority and international students. Students are looking to faculty and staff to speak up and offer support. This pandemic is affecting all of us but some groups and communities are unfairly at greater risk and vulnerability.

Please take a moment to click on the links, read the stories, and share the resources with your students and colleagues. Thank you.

Recruiting Participants- Please Read!

Study Recruitment: Asian Americans in Interracial Relationships

Are you Asian American and in an interracial relationship with a White/European American partner? If so, we are interested in learning more about your experiences in our research study. You will complete a 1-hour survey on your own computer. A research assistant will be present via Zoom video call as you complete the survey. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Amazon eGift card or 3 REP points (for those in psychology courses). To participate, you must be between 18 – 35 years old, born in the US or immigrated to the US at or before age 10, in your relationship for 6 months to 5 years, and not currently raising any children. To sign up, go to: