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2017 - Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology Words: 243 words || 
1. Ray Vollhardt, Johanna. and Twali, Michelle. "Counteracting Genocide Denial: Psychological Consequences for Reconciliation and Psychological Well-being" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K., <Not Available>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Paper (prepared oral presentation)
Abstract: Acknowledgment of genocide and other group-based mass atrocities is crucial for reconciliation, while denial (such as the ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide in 1915) contributes to ongoing conflict and resentment (Vollhardt et al., 2014). Yet, most research on acknowledgment has focused on getting perpetrator groups to acknowledge their ingroup’s harmdoing against others, while often assuming that we know what acknowledgment means and should entail. Yet, only very little research has investigated what acknowledgment actually means to members of victim groups, what counts as adequate acknowledgment from their perspective, and in contrast what is experienced as a form of denial. The present, qualitative study investigated these questions in depth among 72 Armenian Americans, utilizing an open-ended survey among community members (age 18-80; M = 38.64) and qualitative content analysis (Schreier, 2013) of the responses. We found that the most commonly perceived forms of denial among the participants were literal denial and interpretative denial (Cohen, 2001), but also lack of interest or knowledge and education about the Armenian genocide. Conversely, forms of acknowledgment that were viewed as desirable spanned from symbolic (e.g., calling it what it is, education) to tangible acknowledgment (e.g., reparations). Reasons for the perceived importance of acknowledging the ingroup’s genocide included psychological well-being and regard for the ingroup, identity-based concerns, and reasons related to truth, accountability, and violence prevention. Taken together, these findings provide a social psychological conceptualization of post-genocide acknowledgment and its importance for psychological well-being and intergroup relations.

2015 - 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action Words: 187 words || 
2. Brown, Kyrah. and Maryman, Jvonnah. "Community Psychology in Public Health: Lessons Learned from applying community psychology principles to the development of a competencies-based training series in a local health department" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, MA, Jun 25, 2015 <Not Available>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: A continous challenge for local, state and tribal health departments is to identify effective and engaging ways to build a competent workforce, particularly since 75% of the public health workforce do not have public health education or training. After a needs assessment was conducted at a local health department, it was identified that employees needed additional training in areas of program evaluation, survey research and community practice. A competency-based training series was developed by a team of community psychologists and leadership staff to address this need. The development, implementation and sustainability of this training series was guided by community psychology principles-particularly capacity building and sustainability. The purpose of this poster is to highlight the practices and principles used to develop and sustain this training series, and to highlight evidence of impact from this appraoch. Overall, seven lessons learned were identified from the overall process. These lessons include: 1) ensuring a collaborative, data-driven development proecess, and 2) fostering collaborations within and outside of the health department to ensure sustainability of traininga activities.We will discuss the implications for community psychology principles and practice in settings that involve interdisciplinary collaboration.

2015 - MWERA Annual Conference Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
3. Li, Xiaoxi., Yang, Lizhu., Zhang, Yiyuan. and Wang, Aimin. "The Effectiveness of Psychological Intervention on the Psychological Factors of Body Weight Control of Over Weight Chinese Female Students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MWERA Annual Conference, Hilton Orrington Hotel, Evanston, IL, Oct 20, 2015 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Paper Presentation
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the effectiveness of the theoretical intervention on female college students’ weight-loss action. This study included 30 female college students and adopts combined method of the questionnaire and structural equation model to investigate the recursive schema of planning, self-regulation and the volitional self-efficacy on the promotion of female college students’ weight-loss action. It also examined the consistency of the schema both across the stage and across the crowd.

2005 - American Sociological Association Pages: 25 pages || Words: 6834 words || 
4. Pittman, LaShawnDa. "Creating “Psychological Hygiene” from the Ground Up: African American Women and Psychological Well-Being." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Past efforts to conceptualize the mental health of African American women have applied traditional mental health models a priori to this and other minority groups; often leading to inconsistent and inconclusive findings related to mental health components and processes. Such research has mainly focused on defining and testing for mental health using an objective set of measures and conceptual definitions of mental health that have failed to consider both structural and individual variables, as well as mental health processes that directly influence mental health. In-depth interviews with 20 African American women identified as having mental health in three U.S. metropolitan cities show that mental health is an active pursuit that is supported through the use of a deconstructive/reconstructive process, in addition to other coping mechanisms. Deconstruction is an interpretive process that involves recognizing and externalizing factors affecting one’s mental health and is shaped by one’s relative position to her social environment. Participants use the deconstructive process to identify four early childhood socialization practices and three factors shaping their adulthood that negatively impact their mental functioning. I argue that deconstruction alone is insufficient to maintaining a healthy state of mind. Reconstruction, or the ability to transform potential mental health threats into effective counterstrategies is a significant mental health process; this research discusses four counterstrategies used by participants. Reconstruction strategies depend on one’s race, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs/practices, mothering and marital status, age and available coping resources.

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