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

Sylvia Kidder

Sylvia Kidder, M.S., has been a doctoral student working with Dr. Eric Mankowski in the social psychology track since Fall 2012. While earning her B.A. in psychology and studio art from Macalester College, she conducted independent research on women’s sexual satisfaction and on the social behavior of Norway rats. Her master’s thesis examined women’s male role attitudes and conceptualizations of masculinity. While her primary research interests are gender roles and sexual behavior, she also loves statistics and is minoring in applied quantitative methods. In addition to serving as a research assistant for Dr. Mankowski, she is an instructor/teaching assistant for undergraduate psychology courses.

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 (

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 identifying and describing Asian American masculinities, understanding how those masculinities compare with hegemonic concepts of masculinity, and examining how measures of hegemonic masculinity can be enriched by considering ethnicity and including qualitative data. His methodological interests include the complementary use of informing qualitative accounts with quantitative data and vice versa, latent class analysis, process modeling, and anything else statistical he can get his hands on. He also enjoys communicating interesting and complex psychological theories and research methods with undergraduate students, his wife, and his family when they can stand to hear another finding from another study. 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 dog Tatami, 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 the precarious manhood theory, and the influence that precarious manhood beliefs have on violent behaviors, specifically within intimate partner relationships. She is also interested in continuing to advance her skills in quantitative methods, with a particular interest in structural equation modeling. She enjoys spending her down time singing, cooking, performing comedy, and spending time with her husband and four-legged family members.

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Charlie Breyer

Charley is a third year Psychology major in the Urban Honors college at Portland State University. He is interested in exploring connections between environment, gender ideologies, and delinquency, as well as the potential conflict between hegemonic masculinity and restorative justice practices. He will be completing his senior thesis in the coming year, and is interested in learning more about qualitative data collection. Charley currently organizes with the Portland University Student Union, and plans on pursuing graduate level study in either counseling or community psychology. He eventually hopes to work with incarcerated adolescents, either as a clinician or by informing sentencing/diversion policy with research work.

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.

Ashley Schmidt

Ashley Schmidt, B.S.,unnamed.jpg is a recent graduate of Kalamazoo College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. This past June, she moved to Portland from Kalamazoo, Michigan! Currently, she works for Clackamas Women’s Services as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate. Because she work with survivors 100% of the time, she is interested in research that focuses on perpetrators of IPV/ other forms of violence. This research is really important to her because it strays from placing the burden on survivors. In general, she is also interested in feminist psychology theory/ topics regarding gender roles, power dynamics, trauma recovery, and mental health needs in relation to gender. As a long-term goal, she plans to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology and bring her dog to work with her every day!


Graduate Alumni

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

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

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

Mary Gray, Ph.D.; Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation

Stephanie Morgan, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor at Alaska Pacific University

Courtenay Silvergleid, Ph.D.

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

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