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Racial and Ethnic Minority SIG


Member Profiles
Affiliations, areas of interest, and contact information for REMSIG members

Name: Shalena Heard, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Reid Temple Restoration Center Inc.; APA Division 51 Racial and Ethnic Minority Member at Large

Interests:  Minority adolescent well-being and resilience; transition from adolescence to adulthood; psychological assessment; social justice advocacy; supervision and training


Name: Amber A. Hewitt, Ph.D.

Affiliation: AAAS Fellow, NIH, National Institute of Mental Health

Interests:  Gendered-racial identity development, adolescent well-being and resilience, masculinity ideologies of marginalized boys and young men



Name: Elijah N. Irving, B.A.
Affiliation: Moravian College/Moravian Theological Seminary
Interests: My interests are marriage and family therapy, addictions, and also racial issues from historical and contemporary context.

Name: Ronald Levant, Ed.D., A.B.P.P.

Affiliation: University of Akron

Interests: Masculinity Ideology, Alexithymia, Help-seeing, Health Behaviors




Name: Chris Liang, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Lehigh University

Interests: Intersections of masculinity, racism, and culture


Name: Lizette Ojeda, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Texas A&M University

Interests: Latino men and masculinity in relation to educational, mental health, and physical health disparities.



Name: Patrick Jean-Pierre, Psy.D

Affiliation: University at Albany

Interests: Manhood/Masculinity; Counseling Boys; Men of color and leadership; Black and Latino male achievement and discipline gap related to disproportionality and school change; Organizational culture, Group Relations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leadership and race-ethnic-gender relations.


Name: Candice Presseau, Ph.D.

Affiliation: VA Boston Healthcare System

Interests: Veterans and military personnel, emotional awareness and expression, multicultural factors, supervision and training


Name: Jay Skidmore, Ph.D

Affiliation: Seattle Pacific University

Interests: Gender and heatlh (esp regarding pain management), masculine gender role stress, military and minority men, and most recently positive features of masculinity and traditional manliness.



Name: Daphne C. Watkins, Ph.D

Affiliation: University of Michigan

Interests: Dr. Watkins’ research focuses on understanding the social determinants of health that explain within group differences among black men; developing evidence-based strategies to improve the mental health conditions of black men; and increasing knowledge about the intersection of age, culture, and gender. Dr. Watkins is an experienced mixed methods researcher who uses qualitative and quantitative data to increase knowledge about how intersecting social determinants and gender dynamics place black men at high risk for poor health.



Name: Joel Wong, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Indiana University Bloomington

Interests: Research on men of color, especially stereotypes and gendered racism



Name: Nelson O. O. Zounlome, B.A.

Affiliation: Indiana University

Interests: My research interests include studying different phenomena among communities of color. Specifically, designing, implementing, and studying the efficacy of behavioral intervention programs to combat sexual assault as well as the mental health outcomes, identity development, and positive psychological constructs within these groups.​

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For more information about REMSIG, please contact Dr. Shalena Heard, Member-at-Large Ethnic Minority Slate and SIG Chair: dr.slheard[at]gmail[dot]com

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