Jump to Main Content


Frederick T.L. Leong, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology (Industrial/Organizational and Clinical Psychology Programs) and Director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University. He has authored or co-authored over 110 articles in various psychology journals, 70 book chapters, and also edited or co-edited 10 books. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Counseling (Sage Publications, in press). Dr. Leong is a Fellow of the APA (Divisions 1, 2, 12, 17, 45, 52), Association for Psychological Science, Asian American Psychological Association and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. His major research interests center around culture and mental health, cross-cultural psychotherapy (especially with Asians and Asian Americans), cultural and personality factors related to career choice and work adjustment. He is past president of APA’s Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) as well the Asian American Psychological Association, and the Division of Counseling Psychology in the International Association of Applied Psychologists. He is currently serving on the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee and the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training (CEMRRAT2) Task Force. He is the 2007 co-recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sonia Khalid is an undergraduate research assistant in the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research. She is pursuing a Neuroscience major and a Spanish minor as an undergraduate student at Michigan State University. Her research interests include the brain and behavior, cognition, and the effect of hormones on the brain and body. In addition, she wishes to continue her studies in endocrinology and developmental as well as behavioral and systems neuroscience.

Core Faculty

Norman Abeles, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. His research interests include mood and memory concerns of older adults as well as Psychotherapy process and outcome. He currently serves on APA’s Publication and Communications Board.. He is the Past Director of the Psychological Clinic at MSU and taught the Course in Scientific and Professional Ethics for many years. He served as a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Enhancing Diversity in 2005. He currently serves on the Board of the APA society of clinical psychology and the Division of Psychotherapy. He also serves on the Geriatric and Gerontology Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration. He is the past editor of Professional Psychology:Research and Practice and currently serves on its editorial board and on the editorial Board of the journal Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementias. He is the past president of the American Psychological Association.
Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University where he is also Lab Lead at the Community-AID Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding the ways in which to best promote the use of data in developing, disseminating and improving sustainable services and supports for youth and families, with a particular focus on preventive and positive development interventions for youth belonging to historically underserved groups. Dr. Acevedo’s work has been published in in a wide variety of peer-reviewed outlets including JAMA Pediatrics and Psychiatric Services, and he is among the co-recipients of the 2015 award for Outstanding Paper Published in The Counseling Psychologist (the official journal of the Society of Counseling Psychology). Dr. Acevedo currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology and The Counseling Psychologist, and has previously served on the board of the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. He serves, or has served, in leadership positions in a variety of organizations including the National Hispanic Science Network, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45), the National Latina/o Psychological Association, APA’s Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, and on the State of Michigan’s Hispanic/Latino Commission.

Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter, Ph.D., M.P.H., BCBA-D is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, where he is also the Director of the Advancing Community Empowerment & Social Justice (ACES) Laboratory. His research focuses on the impact of social determinants on health outcomes in underserved communities. Within the broad scope of his research, his research focuses particularly on how social determinants contribute to inequity and investigating community processes that facilitate positive social and environmental change. Dr. Anderson-Carpenter’s work has been published in a number of journals, addressing socially significant conditions in a variety of contexts. He is also the 2015 recipient of the G. Alan Marlatt Award for distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions by the Society of Addiction Psychology (APA Division 50). Additionally, he currently serves on the Committee on Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Affairs (CERA) in the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27).
NiCole T. Buchanan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University and a core faculty affiliate in MSU’s Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research, Center for Gender in Global Context, and the Violence Against Women Research & Outreach Initiative. Dr. Buchanan received her Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. Her research examines the intersection of race and gender in workplace and academic harassment, racialized sexual harassment, coping and resilience among women of color, and gendered bullying among adolescents. Her work appears in scholarly journals, such as Black Women, Gender and Families, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Women & Therapy. She is the current Liaison to and from the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA’s Division 35) and the Association for Women in Psychology and is a member of divisions 9, 27, 35, 44 and 45 of the American Psychological Association, the International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment and the Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Buchanan was also the 2007 recipient of the Association of Women in Psychology’s Women of Color Award for empirical research publications that “contribute significantly to the understanding of the psychology of women of color,” Michigan State University’s 2007 Excellence in Diversity Award in the category of “Individual Emerging Progress’ for outstanding research and teaching accomplishments in the areas of diversity, pluralism, and social justice,” and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Clinical Faculty Loan Repayment

Robert A. Caldwell, Ph.D. is associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Social Science and professor of Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Caldwell did his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester (1972) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (1981). Before coming to the Dean’s office, he was the Associate Chairperson and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Psychology. He has conducted research and written in the areas of stress and coping, early school intervention, and the prevention of psychological problems, most notably child maltreatment. He has worked with the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund for the prevention of child abuse and more recently, with the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds as a research and program consultant.

Dr. Caldwell has served as a reviewer for several professional journals and as a grant reviewer for both state and federal programs. He has been at MSU for 26 years.

William J. Chopik, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his PhD in Personality and Social Contexts from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on how relationships and the people in them change over time and across situations. Specifically, Dr. Chopik examines how factors both inside (biological, hormonal) and outside (social roles, culture) of people influence their approach toward social relationships. His most recent projects involve comparisons of personality change and interpersonal processes across cultures.

William S. Davidson II, Ph.D (Advisory Committee) is University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Senior Fellow, University Outreach and engagement. He is also Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Community Psychology. He has authored eight books and over 200 research articles and book chapters. His research has included of at-risk populations including juvenile offenders, adult offenders, substance abusers, victims of violence, and adults with dual diagnosis. He is an expert in community research.
J. Kevin Ford, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. His major research interests involve improving training effectiveness through efforts to advance our understanding of training needs assessment, design, evaluation and transfer. Dr. Ford also concentrates on understanding change dynamics in organizational development efforts and building continuous learning and improvement orientations within organizations. He has published over 50 articles and chapters and four books relevant to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology and Human Performance. He is an active consultant with private industry and the public sector on training, leadership, and organizational change issues. Kevin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He received his BS in psychology from the University of Maryland and his MA and Ph.D. in psychology from The Ohio State University. Further information about Kevin and his research and consulting activities can be found at http://www.io.psy.msu.edu/jkf.
Richard E. Lucas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University and a Research Professor of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW, Berlin). He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of subjective well-being. In particular, he studies the association between extraversion and positive affect, the functions of positive affect, the role of social activity and social relationships in well-being, and the extent to which people adapt to major life events and life circumstances including marriage, widowhood, divorce, unemployment, and chronic disability. Dr. Lucas is also interested in measurement and he conducts studies designed to evaluate the psychometric properties of personality and well-being measures. He has authored or co-authored papers on these topics for journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Psychological Assessment, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. Dr. Lucas is on the editorial boards of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Happiness Studies, and he is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences.
Robin Lin Miller, Ph.D. (Advisory Committee) is a Professor in the Ecological-Community Psychology program. Robin’s scholarly work focuses on understanding how programs are implemented in community settings and what organizational contingencies govern the application of scientific programs to community-based service provision. She also conducts research to understand the organizational factors that affect how social science knowledge and evidence-based practices are used by and effect community-based organizations. She also conducts research on the HIV prevention among African American gay and bisexual men. Robin is currently Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, the field’s leading journal. She is a member of the scientific leadership team of the NICHD-funded Adolescent Trials Network, a national clinical trials consortium aimed at reducing exposure to HIV among adolescents. She has consulted to numerous community-based organizations serving disenfranchised youth and young adults, including current consultation to Detroit’s Ruth Ellis Center, the largest community-based organization serving throwaway gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth in the Midwest.
Carlos David Navarrete, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in social psychology at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from UCLA, and has completed postdoctoral training in social psychology and psychophysiology at UCLA and Harvard University. He has conducted fieldwork in rural Costa Rica and in urban Los Angeles. His research contacts the nexus of race and gender discrimination using diverse methods ranging from online surveys, structured interviews, ethnographic content analysis, latency-response measures, and psychophysiological measurement. Current work focuses on the neurophysiological and behavioral correlates of xenophobia.
Ann Marie Ryan, Ph.D. (Advisory Committee) is a professor of organizational psychology at Michigan State University. Her major research interests involve improving the quality and fairness of employee selection methods, and topics related to diversity and justice in the workplace. In addition to publishing extensively in these areas, she regularly consults with organizations on improving assessment processes, including work with Procter & Gamble, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical, Kelly Services, and many other private sector organizations. She also has worked extensively on the design of hiring processes for public sector organizations, particularly for police and fire departments. She currently serves on the DOD Defense Advisory Committee on Military Personnel Testing. She is a past president of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and past editor of the journal Personnel Psychology.
John Schaubroeck, Ph.D. (Advisory Committee) received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from Purdue University in 1988. He is currently John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Michigan State University. Dr. Schaubroeck has published over 50 refereed journal articles and several book chapters. He joined MSU in 2008. Before joining MSU, Dr. Schaubroeck had served on the faculties of the University of Nebraska, City University of Hong Kong, and Drexel University. He completed a 3-year term as Associate Editor at Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP) in 2007. Since July 2007, Dr. Schaubroeck has served as Editor–in-Chief of OBHDP. Professor Schaubroeck’s research interests include employee stress and well-being, leadership processes, judgment processes in human resource contexts, and culture and values.
Neal Schmitt, Ph.D. obtained his Ph. D. from Purdue University in 1972 in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is currently University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Michigan State University. He was editor of Journal of Applied Psychology from 1988-1994 and has served on ten editorial boards. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He has received the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology's Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (1999) and its Distinguished Service Contributions Award (1998). He served as the Society's President in 1989-90 and is the current President of Division 5 of APA (Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics). Schmitt is a Fellow of Divisions 5 and 14, APA, and APS. He was also awarded the Heneman Career Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and Distinguished Career Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. He has coauthored three textbooks, Staffing Organizations with Ben Schneider and Rob Ployhart, Research Methods in Human Resource Management with Richard Klimoski, Personnel Selection with David Chan, co-edited Personnel Selection in Organizations with Walter Borman and Measurement and Data Analysis with Fritz Drasgow and published approximately 150 articles. His current research centers on the effectiveness of organization's selection procedures and the outcomes of these procedures, particularly as they relate to subgroup employment and applicant reactions and behavior. Over the past five years, he has also been working on the development and validation of noncognitive measures for college admissions.
Cris Sullivan, Ph.D. is a professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and associate chair of the Psychology Department at MSU. She is also the coordinator of MSU’s Violence Against Women Research and Outreach Initiative (www.vaw.msu.edu), a multidisciplinary group of researchers engaged in both national and international research. Her areas of research expertise include developing and evaluating community interventions for battered women and their children, improving the community response to violence against women, and evaluating victim service programs. She has worked with partners in Ireland, Scotland and Portugal to design program evaluation models for women’s refuges and has recently begun research collaborations in Mexico and Ireland examining improving the community response to abuse survivors.

Affiliate Faculty

Jason Almerigi
Anne Bogat
Ryan Bowles
Alex Burt
Rebecca Campbell
Margaret Semrud Clikeman
Lauren Harris
Norbert Kerr
Joel Nigg