As an Associate Professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, I have several lines of research which I hope contribute significantly to the fields of psychology, counseling, and education.
My main areas of research include three major categories:
1) Filipino American issues
3) LGBT Issues
Filipino American Issues:
For the past fourteen years, I have devoted my life to studying and writing about the Filipino American experience. Some of these publications and projects have included experiences of racial/ethnic identity development, experiences with racial discrimination, intersections with gender and sexual orientation, experiences in higher education, substance abuse issues, colonial mentality, and others.
Currently, I am working on projects involving Filipino American physical health and mental health, examining how variables like racial discrimination, identity, colonial mentality, cultural values and stigma, exercise, and nutrition impact the lives of Filipino Americans. One project entitled Physical Activity and Pilipino American Youth Assessment (PAPAYA) was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2010- 2011.
Microaggressions are defined as brief and commonplace daily, verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward members of oppressed groups" (Nadal, 2008, p. 23). Microaggressions can occur towards people of color, women, LGBT persons, religious minorities, disabled people, and multiracial persons. My current research expands on the literature on microaggressions through the following projects:
a) Racial Microaggressions and the experiences of people of color.
b) Sexual Orientation Microaggressions and the experiences of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals,
c) Transgender Microaggressions and the experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people,
d) Gender Microaggressions and the experiences of women
e) Multiracial Microaggressions and the experiences of Multiracial Persons,
f) Racial/Ethnic Microaggressions and the experiences of Filipino Americans,
g) Religious Microaggressions and the experiences of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and non-religious persons,
h) Racial Microaggressions and the processes and experiences of White American enactors.
Both qualitative and quantative measures have been conducted. The Racial and Ethnic Microaggression Scale (REMS) is available for use. Such studies may be helpful in understanding the impacts of microaggressions on physical health and mental health.
I have also conducted research with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In addition to research on LGBT microaggressions, I have conducted research projects involving the intersections of sexual identity with other identities (namely race and ethnicity) with LGBT people of color. Recently, I have embarked on studies involving LGBT youth, LGBT sex workers, and LGBT perceptions of the criminal justice system.
For more information about my research or if you are interested in collaborating on future research projects, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos of My Research Team Throughout the Years
Dr. Silvia Mazzula and members of my research team (Kristin Davidoff, Amber-Nicole Stephens, & Yinglee Wong) presenting on racial microaggressions at the Teachers College Roundtable 2013
Two of my doctoral students (Kristin Davidoff & Alexis Forbes) and one of my Master's students (Amalia Quintanilla)
presenting our research on "LGBT Issues in the Criminal Justice System" at the Teachers College Roundtable 2013
d Marshall, Kathryn McLean, Sryia Satuluri, Julie Sriken, & Yinglee Wong
Research Team Members presenting at the American Psychological Association 2011 in Washington DC.
(from L to R: Yinglee Wong, Jiony Lewis from UIUC, Katie Griffin, Kevin Nadal, Kristin Davidoff, & Sahran Hamit)
Research Team at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
L to R: Alexis Johnson, Amalia Quintanilla, Katie Griffin, Lindsey Davis, & Kristin Davidoff
Not Pictured: Arianna Daugusta, Ray Edwards, Whitney Fujii-Doe, Sahran Hamit, Justyna Jagielnicka, Davi
Research Team at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2009-2010)
L to R: Katie Griffin, Yinglee Wong, Vanessa Meterko, Ray Tebout, Sahran Hamit, Jayleen Leon
Missing: Michelle Wideman, Vivian Vargas, Mike Tobio, Kolawole Ajayi, Kathryn McLean, Isabel Pereira, Morgan Rasmus, & Sahai Butler
Research Team at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2008-2009)
L to R: Me, Vanessa Meterko, Oliver Lyons, Sahran Hamit, Lindsay Corman, Michelle Wideman, Marie-Anne Issa, Katie Griffin, Vivian Vargas, Yinglee Wong.
Missing: Jayleen Leon, Mike Tobio, and Alexa Weinberg