Who We Are

Eric Mankowski, Ph.D.

Eric Mankowski (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S., University of Washington) is a community and social psychologist, broadly interested in the relationship between individual, group, and community functioning, especially in area of mental health. In particular, I focus on understanding how masculinity is socially constructed and its connection to violence, substance abuse and other health and social problems.

My work involves collaborative research and action projects with social service agencies, community based organizations, and government bodies. A range of methods including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and group observations are used together with quantitative and qualitative analytic techniques.

Current projects include studies examining changes in identity, beliefs, and abusive behavior among men court-mandated to domestic violence intervention programs and their intimate partners; an experimental program evaluation of a strength-based intervention program for male youth in schools, community centers and juvenile justice facilities; a study of organizational growth and dynamics in a men’s self-help community; an evaluation of the impact of men’s self-help groups on masculinity and mental health; evaluation of the impact of statewide standards on batterer intervention program practices; and a research and action project focused on the sociocultural context of intimate partner violence in workplace settings.

Current Graduate Research Assistants

Kate Sackett

Kate Sackett, M.S., has been a doctoral student working with Dr. Eric Mankowski since Fall 2014. She is studying community psychology within Portland State University’s applied psychology program after earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the UC Berkeley. In addition to her research assistant work for Dr. Mankowski, she also works as a teaching assistant for undergraduate psychology courses. Before coming to PSU, she worked as a research assistant at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Menlo Park on a study of veterans’ personalities and experiences in substance use disorder residential treatment. She also has a background in sexual assault prevention and intervention through volunteering and working as a staff advocate/crisis counselor at the YWCA Silicon Valley’s Rape Crisis Department. Her primary research interests are intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention and intervention and restorative justice principles and practices within IPV intervention efforts.

Jason Kyler-Yano

Jason Kyler-Yano, M.A., has been a doctoral student with Eric Mankowski since Fall 2016. His master’s thesis examined the ethnic differences in the predictors of intimate partner violence perpetration by men against women, and tested a process model of intergenerational transmission of IPV. He earned his M.A. in Social Ecology at UC Irvine and his B.A. in Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Southern California. His main content interests are in describing Asian American masculinities and understanding how those masculinities relate with cultures of origin, discriminatory experiences, and European American hegemonic masculinity, and examining dynamics of intimate partner violence (IPV), IPV victim/survivor services, and IPV perpetrator interventions in Asian American communities. His community methodological interests include the complementary use of informing qualitative accounts and voices with quantitative data and the reverse, program evaluation, multilevel modeling, community samples, and statistical programming in R. He also enjoys teaching interesting and complex psychological theories and research methods with undergraduate students, and helping to develop their research skill set. When he is not conducting research or teaching courses, he is probably working on his fixer-upper house in NE with his wife, playing with his son and dog, camping, fishing, hiking, and playing basketball, or watching the Seahawks and the Blazers.

Emma O’Connor

22552762_10105842783686709_416471447837942243_nEmma O’Connor, M.A., is a doctoral student working with Eric Mankowski since Fall 2017. She earned her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at Western Carolina University and her B.A. in Psychology at SUNY Buffalo State College. Prior to attending PSU, she completed a master’s thesis examining the role that precarious manhood beliefs have on the intrinsic vs. contextual experiences of masculinity threat. Previously, she worked on a line of research exploring how engagement with certain types of humor restores threatened masculinity in men with precarious manhood beliefs. Her primary research interests include further understanding the relationship between masculinity ideologies and violence, specifically within intimate partner relationships. Further, she is interested in qualitatively exploring men’s experiences of power attainment and power loss and how these experiences relate to IPV perpetration. Recently, she has developed an interest in qualitative methods, particularly interview methods, in addition to furthering her quantitative methods skills in factor analyses, structural equation modeling and hierarchical linear modeling. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, dog and cat children, co-hosting a grad school themed podcast, singing, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith, M.S., has been a doctoral student working with Dr. Mankowski since Fall 2013. She is interested in how traditional gender ideologies within patriarchal systems influence violence and oppression. Her goal with this research is to develop better strategies for preventing gender-based violence through an intersectional approach, particularly among members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities. As an undergraduate student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, she worked as a research assistant in a clinical Psychology research lab focusing on alcohol-facilitated intimate partner violence and anti-gay aggression, and in a Community Psychology research lab focusing on violence against women prevention and rhetoric around violence in social media. She also worked as a shelter and volunteer legal advocate at the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, an Atlanta-based non-profit domestic violence prevention and intervention agency (www.padv.org).

Current Undergraduate and Post-Bac Research Assistants

Hana Watari

Hana Watari, B.S., graduated from Portland State University in the Spring of 2017 and majored in Psychology and minored in Criminology and Criminal Justice. During her time at Portland State, she was an undergraduate adviser in the psychology department and through the Juvenile Justice Capstone, helped facilitate a restorative justice workshop at a Juvenile Detention Center. Within Dr. Eric Mankowski’s lab, Hana is interested in exploring how gender roles and sexuality are related to interpersonal/domestic violence. As a long-term goal, Hana would like to pursue a PsyD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensics. Her research interests include restorative justice and juvenile offenders, juvenile justice research and program evaluation, developmental considerations in the assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders, and reducing rates of minority contact with the juvenile justice system.

Nick Glover

nickNick Glover is a third year undergraduate in biochemistry and a BUILD EXITO scholar at Portland State University.  In Dr. Mankowski’s lab Nick is interested in researching the intersectionality between masculinity, violence, and the transgender community.  Nick wants to become a plastic surgeon with a specialization in gender confirming surgeries.  He hopes to impact the transgender community by understanding both the physical and psychological issues that impact them.


Pista Szabo

pista szaboPista Szabo is a junior undergraduate student at Portland State University working towards B.S. in Statistics. He is also a BUILD/EXITO scholar. Pista grew up in Anchorage, AK and witnessed first-hand how harmful masculine gender roles can be when taken to extremes. His primary interests in Dr. Mankowski’s lab are how masculine gender norms affect men’s sex-seeking behavior, the social problems these behaviors create, and how to prevent these behaviors before they cause harm to individuals and communities. Pista wants to infuse advanced statistical knowledge  with social science in order contribute to the rigor of social science research.



Graduate Alumni

Ashley Boal, Ph.D.; Senior Research Associate, WestEd Research

Margaret Freeland Braun, Ph.D.; Research Analyst, Oregon Youth Authority

Gino Galvez, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach

Mary Gray, Ph.D.; Associate Research Scientist, Center for Outcomes Research and Education

Sylvia Kidder, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Stephanie Morgan, M.S., Ph.D.Associate Professor of Psychology and Director, Institute of Health & Wellness, Alaska Pacific University

Courtenay Silvergleid, Ph.D.

Wendy Viola, Ph.D.; Senior Research Associate, Harlem Children’s Zone

Nan Yragui, Ph.D.; Occupational Health Research Psychologist, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries


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