Our research team conducts applied community and social psychology research on a number of issues related to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) prevention and intervention.
Our work involves collaborative research projects with a variety of community partners and covers a wide range of topics including social constructions of masculinities and violence.
Team Photo_Winter 2016

Research Team News

  • We have received a grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI; APA Division 9) to support our project, “Understanding Policy Implementation: National Survey of Batterer Intervention Program State Standards Monitoring Bodies.” Our team will apply social and community psychological principles to describe and understand how regulatory standards that govern the practices of domestic violence intervention programs are implemented across the United States. Findings from the project will inform best practices for successful implementation of laws regulating batterer intervention programs in Oregon and nationally.

  • After a mass shooting claimed at least ten lives on October 1, 2015 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR, KBOO Community Radio’s news director Jenka Soderberg spoke with Professor Eric Mankowski about some of the social causes and impacts of these mass murders. The interview’s audio can be found on KBOO Radio’s website here. (October, 2015)

  • One of the team’s graduate students, Kate Sackett, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) to help fund her research, in which she plans to experimentally assess the program process and outcomes of Washington County (Oregon) Domestic Violence Victim Impact Panels, one of 8 impact panels for intimate partner violence (IPV) found in the United States, wherein survivors of IPV speak about their experiences of abuse and its impact to a group of IPV offenders mandated to attend. (May, 2015)

  • Sylvia Kidder, a third-year graduate student on the team successfully completed her Masters Thesis: “Impact of a Psychology of Masculinities Course on Females’ Attitudes Toward Male Gender Roles.” (January, 2015)

  • One of our team’s doctoral graduates, Gino Galvez, has accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor position at California State University, Long Beach. Reflecting his major in applied social psychology and minor in I/O Psychology at PSU (2011), Gino will teach courses in both topics in their graduate and undergraduate programs.
    • Gino has been working at CSULB as the Director of Evaluation for the Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training for the past 3 years and as an instructor in the Psychology Department.
    • Gino is the lead evaluator of the ~$23M NIH BUILD grant that was awarded to CSULB (along with the one that PSU received) to help underrepresented and diverse students pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, or clinical research and other health sciences.

  • One of the team’s graduate students, Rachel Smith was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) to help fund her research on developing effective strategies to address intimate partner violence among sexual minority women. More information about Rachel’s research can be found in this profile story published on Portland State University’s website. (May, 2014)

  • Rachel Smith, a graduate student on the research team, published her first peer reviewed journal article titled, Deconstructing Hegemonic Masculinity: The Roles of Antifemininity, Subordination to Women, and Sexual Dominance in Men’s Perpetration of Sexual Aggression. More information about her article in Psychology of Men and Masculinity is available here. (March, 2014)

  • Our team received a mention in the APA’s public interest directorate blog and the Society for Community Research and Action’s (SCRA) practice council publication called THEory into ACTion: A Bulletin of New Developments in Community Psychology Practice. The link to the write-up concerning some of the research Dr. Mankowski’s team has been working on may be found here. (April, 2013)