1st Edition

Early Psychological Research Contributions from Women of Color, Volume 1

Edited By Jon Grahe, Michelle Ceynar, Rihana Shiri Mason Copyright 2023
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    Early Psychological Research Contributions from Women of Color, Volume I, collects the dissertations of 20 cultural pioneers: women of color who were among the first to earn their doctorate degrees in psychology. Collectively, these chapters offer an important resource to diversify the history of psychology.

    This book is structured so that each chapter provides a biographical sketch of the woman, a summary of the dissertation, a reproducibility critique, a discussion about a modern alternative theory or methodological approach associated with the work (feminist theory, ethnopsychology, liberation psychology, etc.), and examples of how the dissertation can be used as instructional content in psychology and related disciplines offers suggestions for classroom use. The dissertations were completed as early as 1912 and as late as 1979 with the range reflecting differences in when women of certain groups could access education. The topics also range broadly across the breadth of the field of psychology, including physiological, cognitive, developmental, social, clinical, and more topics.

    The diversity of the work collected here will allow this book to be used to augment coursework either as a complete collection or as individual chapters. Instructors and students in undergraduate and graduate Research Methods courses will find this a crucial text in maintaining a true and inclusive historical perspective of psychological research. Additionally, due to the inclusion of research spanning the breadth of Psychology, this edited volume will appeal to scholars both across the discipline and in related fields, such as Women's Studies, Cognitive Science, Education, and Cultural Studies.

    Chapter 0. Understanding Cultural Pioneers: A Guide to the Volume. Jon Grahe, Michelle L. Ceynar & Rihana Shiri Mason. Chapter 1. Studying Mental Fatigue: Dr. Tsuruko Arai Haraguchi Inspires from the Past. Michelle L. Ceynar, Alisha Nkwonta, Daneshia C. L. Cline and Jon Grahe. Chapter 2. Dr Tomi Wada Kora and "An Experimental Study of Hunger in Its Relation to Activity". William Douglas Woody. Chapter 3. Dr. Ang Lanfen Lee: First Chinese Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Psychology. Catherine P. Chou and Na Liu. Chapter 4. Dr. Inez Beverly Prosser: An Exemplary Psychologist, Pioneer, and Psychometrician. Rihana S. Mason. Chapter 5.Call Me Dr. Ruth Howard: First African American Woman to Earn a PhD in Psychology. Kristin Flora & Kirsten T. Li-Barber. Chapter 6.Dr. Alberta Banner Turner: Distinguished Black Activist and Exceptional Ohio Psychologist. Erin McClure Fastzkie. Chapter 7. Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark: First African American Woman to Earn a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University.Wind Goodfriend, Amber L. Garcia, & Meara M. Habashi. Chapter 8. Dr. Celestine Louise Smith: An Exploration of Individual Need for Marriage and Family Life Education Among Urban Family Members.Sharon D. Johnson. Chapter 9. Dr. Keturah Elizabeth Whitehurst: The Mother of Black Psychology. Jill M. Swirsky & Tamara Monroe. Chapter 10.Dr. Carolyn Attneave: Paving the Foundation for Modern Psychology in the Field of Native American Mental Health. Kaitlyn Varela. Chapter 11. A Pioneer Korean Woman Psychologist in America: Dr. Tong-He Koh. Seungyeon Lee & Jisook Park. Chapter 12. Enduring Questions of Childrearing and Creativity: Dr. Ena Vazquez-Nuttall. K. Nicole Jones & Leslie D. Cramblet Alvarez. Chapter 13. Dr. Martha Bernal: First Latina PhD in Psychology. Benjamin C. Juarez, Shari C. Linares & Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez. Chapter 14. Dr. Marigold Lorelai Linton: The First Indigenous Student in California to Attend College. Andrea M. Karkowski. Chapter 15. Dr. Diane Willis: Pediatric Psychology, Establishing a New Discipline. Swestha Jain, Linda Jones, & Rihana Shiri Mason. Chapter 16. Dr. Felicisima (Ping) Serafica: Early Attachment Researcher and First Tenured Pinay Professor. T. Caitlin Vasquez-O’Brien, Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler, & Luis Cordon. Chapter 17. Dr. Nuha Abudabbeh: A Trailblazing Arab American Woman who Earned a PhD in Psychology. Amanda ElBassiouny. Chapter 18. Dr. Carolyn Barcus, Keeper of the Fire: Mentoring through Self-Actualizing Education. Pauline Attiyeh, Melissa Tehee, Devon S. Isaacs, & Erica Ficklin. Chapter 19. Dr. Melba Jean Trinity Vasquez: First Latina APA President. Sarah Jane Chavez & Stephanie Gray Wilson. Chapter 20. Dr. Lillian Comas-Díaz: Tailoring Psychotherapy for Puerto Rican Women. Paige Reohr & Loíza A. DeJesús Sullivan


    Michelle L. Ceynar, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma,WA, USA. She earned her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Montana. Dr. Ceynar's research interests are related to how gender impacts perceptions of and behavior toward others.

    Jon Grahe, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, USA, Past-President of WPA, and Senior Editorial Advisor for Routledge Open: Psychology. He earned his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Toledo. Dr. Grahe recently published a book entitled "A Journey into Open Science and Research Transparency in Psychology".

    Rihana S. Mason, PhD is a research scientist at the Urban Child Study Center in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University, USA. She is also affiliated with the HBCU Stem Undergraduate Success Research Center at Morehouse College. Dr. Mason conducts culturally relevant psychological research and program evaluation.

    "In this groundbreaking book, the editors highlight the contributions of women of color to psychological research. While some of the women have achieved a level of prominence and recognition because of their involvement in APA (e.g., Melba Vasquez) or historical significance (e.g., Mamie Phipps Clark), most of these outstanding women psychologists have toiled in relative obscurity to the average student and consumer of psychological research. This book is much needed and necessary reading that challenges the often-unspoken narrative that only the histories of White men contributions to early psychological research merit knowing."

    Kevin Cokley, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, USA, and President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race.

    "To write the history of any science today, one is compelled to search and report on individuals whose contributions were substantial and even critical, but whose work and names are not remembered because of our own blindspots. The editors have carefully assembled a striking range of such work in psychology covering basic research on perception, learning, memory, and attitudes as well as work on topics such as occupational prestige, marriage in urban areas, the effects of hunger, and the psychology of marginalized groups. In so doing, this volume serves a unique role in teaching us about important ideas from our past – ideas that had been lost to us until today."

    Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University