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.
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