The Psychology Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2020 Psychology Faculty and Student Diversity Research Awards, and the 2020 Psychology Student Diversity Service Awards. These awards are supported by a Faculty Allies for Diversity grant awarded to our department from the Rackham Graduate School.

Each year, one or more graduate students and a faculty member are recognized for their outstanding research that addresses important issues related to diversity, including questions pertaining to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or socioeconomic status, and basic research on topics relevant to understanding human diversity.  In addition, one or more graduate students are recognized for their engagement in outstanding service activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Faculty Diversity Research Award

This year, the Faculty Diversity Research Award was awarded to two faculty members whose papers were rated as a tie:

  • Myles Durkee for his paper “Cultural invalidations: Deconstructing the ‘Acting White’ phenomenon among Black and Latinx college students”
  • Isis Settles for her paper “Epistemic exclusion: Scholar(ly) devaluation that marginalizes faculty of color"
Myles Durkee
Isis Settles

Two faculty members received Honorable Mentions for this award: 

  • Sara McClelland for her research on "In the Fabric of Research: Racial and Gender Stereotypes in Survey Items Assessing Attitudes about Abortion" 
  • Allison Earl for her research on "The Behavior of Same-Race Others and its Effects on Black Patients’ Attention to Publicly Presented HIV-Prevention Information"
Sara McClelland
Allison Earl


Student Diversity Research Award

Two graduate students received the Student Diversity Research Award this year: 

  • Janelle Goodwill for her research on “Association between perceived public stigma and suicidal behaviors among college students of color in the U.S.” 
  • Channing Mathews for her research on “Mapping the intersections of adolescents’ ethnic‑racial identity and critical consciousness”
Janelle Goodwill
Channing Matthews

Three graduate students received Honorable Mentions for this award: 

  • Josefina Bañales for her research on "Youth anti‐racism action: Contributions of youth perceptions of school racial messages and critical consciousness" 
  • Maira Areguin for her research on "Reaping More than What They Sow: A Critical Race Perspective on Environmental Microaggressions toward Latinx Farmworkers" 
  • Kristi Chin for her research on "Longitudinal Associations between Prenatal Testosterone and Postpartum Outcomes in a Sample of First-Time Expectant Lesbian Couples"
Josefina Bañales
Maira Areguin
Kristi Chin


Student Diversity Service Award

Two graduate students received the Student Diversity Service Award this year:

  • Andrea Mora 
  • Koji Takahashi.
Andrea Mora
Koji Takahashi

Two graduate students received Honorable Mentions for this award:

  • Will Beischel 
  • Poortata Lalwani.
Will Beischel
Poortata Lalwani