Lisa Spanierman

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)


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Education Building, Rm 535 [Map]
3700 rue McTavish Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1Y2
514-398-3449 [Office]



EDPC 680D2 Internship Research Seminar
EDPE 622 Multiculturalism & Gender

PhD University of Missouri-Columbia
EdM Columbia University
MA Columbia University
BS University of Florida

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

My research examines white individuals’ racial attitudes. My colleagues and I developed the Psychosocial Costs of Racism to Whites Scale to operationalize theoretical work about the ways in which dominant group members experience costs as a result of participating in white supremacy. Furthermore, we identified five distinct types of white university students that reflected various levels of white empathy, white guilt, and irrational white fear of people of color. Most recently, we have applied this work on costs of racism to white helping professionals and educators with the ultimate goal of enhancing cultural competence.

My research also has focused broadly on understanding diversity-related attitudes of students from all racial backgrounds, and how participation in diversity experiences during college may influence such attitudes. At present, my students and I are conducting a qualitative investigation to understand racialized students' experiences with racial microaggressions at McGill.

Activities and Honours

American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology, Fritz and Linn Kuder Scientist Practitioner Early Career Award, 2012

Vice President for Scientific Affairs, American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology, 2012 – 2015

Selected to the American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, 2012

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 2011-present

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Counseling Psychology, 2007-present

University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, 2010

Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois, 2009

Distinguished Scholar, College of Education, University of Illinois, 2008-2009

Tri-Chair, Society of Counseling Psychology Special Task Group: Taking Action against Racism in Higher Education, 2008-2009

University of Illinois Psi Chi Chapter, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2008-2009

University of Illinois College of Education Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, 2008

University of Illinois, List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010