The Department of Psychology at ISU welcomes diversity and the department seeks applications from candidates who can contribute to the academic, social, and cultural diversity of the program and graduate student body.

The faculty endeavor to create a climate of understanding and to respect differences including differences in ethnic and racial heritage, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic standing, and physical disabilities.

Center for American Intercultural Studies

Diversity Research at Department of Psychology

The faculty and graduate students are also strongly interested in enhancing research on multicultural issues. Current topic faculty and students are working on include:

  • The largest ever on-going study of African American families
  • Implicit biases towards individuals of color
  • Assessment of counselors stereotypes toward sexual minorities
  • The effect of multicultural counseling training in reducing implicit racial/ethnic  and sexual orientation biases
  • Communication in intimate heterosexual and same-sex relationships
  • Men's issues and psychological adjustment

Diversity Lecture Series at Department of Psychology

The faculty and graduate students are interested in enhancing the training of students to work, teach and serve individuals from diverse backgrounds and has recently started an annual lecture series on Diversity. In the inaugural address, Dr. Stephen Quintana ( presented his research on “Latino children and youth's ethnic identity.” This, year Dr. Claude Steele ( will discuss his work on are how people cope with self-image threats; how group stereotypes can influence intellectual performance; and addictive behaviors.