Texas Tech University


Current Research

Dr. Littlefield's lab is involved in multiple projects germane to diversity. For example, Stevens et al. (revise and resubmit) recently examined whether a current "gold standard" measure of impulsivity facets demonstrates measurement invariance across Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic individuals. Other projects are currently focused on examining the impact of acculturation (and related constructs) among Hispanic individuals on problematic alcohol involvement.

Dr. Parent’s research (in the Gender, Sexuality, and Behavioral Health Lab) addresses intersections of gender, sexuality, and behavioral health. He is currently PI on an NIH-funded study examining substance use and health among transgender men, and has completed other recent studies on the health of sexual orientation minorities, substance use among sexual orientation minority youth, and racial disparities in youth substance use. He is also developing Spanish translations of his measures of masculine and feminine gender role conformity in collaboration with Dr. Pina-Watson.

Dr. Ireland’s lab (LUSI) uses automated text analysis to study dimensions of diversity, including sex, gender, culture, and socioeconomic status. Current projects are investigating how linguistic indicators of individual differences (such as sex or status) influence person perception, whether bicultural bilingual individuals see themselves differently when they are speaking in English or another language, and how screenwriters’ sex interacts with their language use to predict audience’s and critics’ reviews.

Research in Dr. DavisCAPROCK Lab focuses on how people learn and use categories. Many of our studies are about perceptual categories, but we are increasingly interested in cross-cultural differences in learning and representation, as well as extensions of perceptual categorization theories to real-world problems. In particular, we are interested in how salient contrasts influence gender bias in STEM disciplines, and how cross-cultural differences in inductive generalizations influence perceptions of disease risks and food.

Dr. Greenlee’s lab focuses on the impact of gender role stereotypes on our behavior. For example, research has shown that when individuals mismatch with their prescribed gender role stereotype (e.g., woman- feminine, man-masculine) then they are subject to backlash. Most recently, Dr. Greenlee has been examining how our own expectations regarding gender roles affects how we evaluate and hire job candidates. Interestingly, personal masculinity seems to be related to how we evaluate others.

Research in Dr. Talley’s S.H.A.R.C. lab examines how prejudice and self-relevant threats influence self-regulation strategies and, in turn, the affective and physical health of marginalized individuals. We are currently investigating how sexual minority identity development processes relate to substance use behaviors and affective health outcomes (e.g., depression, anxiety) over time. Other projects examine how disclosures of stigmatized identities are affected by various motivational systems and group dynamics. Generally, our lab seeks to "know more" about stigma-related phenomena relevant for social-emotional development, self-knowledge, and health disparities.

Dr. Cundiff’s research, which examines the psychobiology underlying health disparities, is directly relevant to further promoting and understanding diversity. While we often think of differences in race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity as important sources of diversity, differences in the socioeconomic background of individuals is often neglected despite its clear influence on epistemology, opportunity, and treatment by others (e.g., discrimination, aggression). Our lab’s work is particularly focused on how social hierarchy may shape social interactions so as to be cardiotoxic to those lower in the social hierarchy.

Dr. Piña-Watson’s lab (Latina/o Mental Health & Resiliency Lab) is currently engaged in a series of the projects that examine individual, cultural, familial, and other contextual factors that may protect Mexican descent adolescents and emerging adults in the context of various cultural stressors (e.g., discrimination, racism, intragroup marginalization, microagressions, family-, acculturative-, and bicultural stress). The ultimate goal of this line of work is to find protective factors to be incorporated into prevention and intervention programs to decrease mental, physical, and academic disparities.

Dr. Kim’s lab investigates the interplay among culture, work, and health. The lab has two lines of research. The first examines the health consequences of work and career and, more specifically, work (school)-family stress in various cultural contexts (e.g., race, masculine norms, sexual orientation, individualism/collectivism, patriarchal levels) in both domestic and international populations (e.g., Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia). The second line of research addresses cultural and psychosocial aspects of pain, focusing on implementing non-pharmacologic and complementary pain management interventions that address co-occurring behavioral health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. We are specifically interested in how various cultural norms (e.g., gender roles) and psychosocial factors (e.g., families) impact individuals' and families' perceptions of pain and pain management.

Psychological Sciences

  • Address

    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051