Familee lab dinner and karaoke

End of the semester means time to eat and stress relief with song. Added bonus, my 84 year old dad was in town for the fun! And first time Melissa sang karaoke. 


Big Questions: How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?

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Big Questions is a series brought to you by the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and MPR News. This series will foster thoughtful discussion through a liberal arts lens, bringing multiple and diverse perspectives to bear on today’s pressing questions. Moderated by MPR News host, Tom Weber, the event will feature a discussion centered around the following question:

How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?

Discussions about mental health often focus on the role of stigma in preventing people from accessing mental health resources. Join us as we explore how we can move beyond stigma in our efforts to address mental health concerns, improve access to mental health services, and enhance well being for all.


  • Victoria Blakeborough, student advisor, Active Minds and College of Liberal Arts undergraduate
  • Glenn Hirsch, PhD., assistant vice provost and director, Student Counseling Center, Office for Student Affairs
  • Richard Lee, professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Abeer Syedah, president, Minnesota Student Association and College of Liberal Arts undergraduate

Big Questions is free but registration is required.

My talk on international adoption at my alma mater – VCU

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to be speak about my research at my alma mater РVCU Рas part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. It was  wonderful trip down memory lane and a great chance to meet with scholars and students in the Department o Psychology. Click on the photo or go to http://mssvideo.vcu.edu/grace_st to view the talk. Fast forward to around 5:30 to begin my talk.



6:24 time mark is an excellent example of the needed conversation in inter-racial relationships/marriages. In my research on these issues, it is clear that many (if not most) inter-racial couples (particularly involving a White partners) do not have or know how to have constructive conversations about racial differences in the family

#ThisIs2016 video

ITR Symposium on Precision Healthcare

Fourth year graduate student Xiang Zhou presented his State Fair research at the local ITR symposium on precision healthcare and was selected as one of the best posters. He received a travel award for his great work. 

Second year graduate student Christine Wu also presented her first year research project on the relationship between pubertal timing, discrimination and ethnic identity development. 

Minnesota State Fair study

My graduate and undergraduate students collected data on parenting motivations for five straight days at the State Fair. The study was titled simply, “Unpack your parenting, Get a backpack!” It was a big hit with over 850 participants completing the survey. People really wanted those UMN drawstring backpacks! Can’t wait to begin analyzing the data and hopefully showcasing our newly validated parenting measure. Great work, Xiang and Christine, making it all a success.