Boris Baltes, Ph.D. - Our lab focuses on three major research activities. First, we are interested in examining work family balance/conflict. Specifically, we have been conducting research studies that are assessing what strategies individuals use to reduce work family conflict and achieve work family balance. Second, we are interested in issues related to aging and work such as motives for working across the lifespan and work family balance for older workers. Third, we study the effects that various negative stereotypes (racial, gender, and most recently, obesity) have on workplace type outcomes (e.g. performance ratings) and, perhaps more importantly, test interventions that may reduce the effects of these biases.

Selected Papers (Student co-authors in Bold):

Zabel, K. L., Biermeier-Hanson, B., Baltes, B, B., Early, B.J., Shepard, A. (in press). Generational Differences in Work Ethic: Fact or Fiction? Journal of Business and Psychology.

Baltes, B. B., Wynne, K. T., Sirabian, M. A., Krenn, D. R., & de Lange, A. H. (2014). Future time perspective, regulatory focus, and selection, optimization, and compensation: Testing a longitudinal model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 1120 – 1133.

Rudolph, C. W., Baltes, B. B., Zabel, K. (2013). Age and work motives. In C. Cooper, R. Burke, & J. Field, (Eds.), Sage Handbook on Aging, Work, and Society. (pp. 118-140). Sage Publications.

Rudolph, C. W., & Baltes, B, B., (2013). Mitigating the impact of stereotypes is more practical than holding people accountable for them. Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice, 6, 423-429.

Rudolph, C. W, Baltes, B. B., Zhdanova, L. S., Clark, M. A., & Bal, A. C.  (2012). Testing the structured free recall intervention for reducing the impact of bodyweight-based stereotypes on performance ratings in immediate and delayed contexts, Journal of Business and Psychology, 27, 205-222.

Marla Bartoi, Ph.D. - Within Dr. Barnett's lab, Dr. Bartoi’s research has included clinical samples from the urban Detroit area, with a focus on largely African American children. In collaboration with Drs. Barnett and Franklin, and in partnership with WSU’s medical, nutrition, social work and nursing departments, a federal grant to was submitted to HRSA that will focus on adolescent health in the urban Detroit area. In addition, Dr. Bartoi’s other research has had a gender studies focus, and has examined the impact of sexual abuse on women’s sexual and mental health.

Bartoi, M.G., & Kinder, B.N. (1998). The effects of child and adult sexual abuse on adult sexuality.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 24, 75-90.

Bartoi, M.G., Kinder, B.N., Tomianovic, D. (2000) Interaction effects of emotional status and sexual abuse on adult sexuality.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 26, 1-23.

Bartoi, M.G., Issner, J., Hettersheidt, L., January, A., Kuentzel, J.G., Barnett, D. (2015). Attention problems and stability of intellectual functioning among clinically referred     children. Applied Neuropsychology: Child, 133-140.

January, A.M., Bartoi, M.G., Kuentzel, J.G., Somers, C. & Barnett, D. (2015). Tell me more about it: A query into the relations between intelligence scores and problem     behaviors using the WISC-IV. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 2544-2554.

January, A.M., Kuentzel, J.G., Bartoi, M.B. et al. (Revise and resubmit) “Incremental validity of WISC-IV index scores and attention problems in predicting WIAT-II achievement     scores among clinically referred children.” Applied Neuropsychology: Child. 

Mucka, Hinrichs, Upton, Hettersheidt, Kuentzel, Bartoi and Barnett (2016). Barriers to adherence to child assessment recommendations. Journal of Child and Family      Studies. 

Annmarie Cano is co-PI of the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at Wayne State University (WSU). WSU is an institutional partner in the Michigan AGEP Alliance. The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a resource for graduate students in science and social science fields who are underrepresented in their disciplines with respect to socioeconomic background (e.g., first-generation college students), gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, cultural or religious background, and physical disability. AGEP's primary goals are to increase significantly the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and in the social, behavioral and economic sciences (SBE) and to enhance the preparation of underrepresented minorities for faculty positions in academia. More information about AGEP can be found here:

Dr. Cano is also conducting a series of experiments and naturalistic studies to examine implicit gender and racial bias in the graduate admissions process. 

Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D.:  Some of the research conducted in the Stress and Health Laboratory has direct bearing on diversity issues. In particular, we have conducted several studies of refugees from Iraq, including longitudinal studies of mental health as well as intervention studies. In addition, our treatment studies of treatments to reduce stress and improve health focus either exclusively on female sample (e.g., urogenital health) or study conditions that disproportionately affect women, such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Finally, many of our studies include substantial numbers of African American participants.

Tomakowsky, J., Carty, J.N., Lumley, M.A., & Peters, K.M. (2016). The role of social constraints and catastrophizing in pelvic and urogenital pain. International Urogynecology Journal, 27, 1157-1162.

 Lucas, T., Lumley, M.A., Flack, J., Wegner, R., Pierce, J., & Goetz, S. (2016). A preliminary experimental examination of worldview verification, perceived racism, and stress reactivity in African Americans. Health Psychology, 35, 366-375.

 Elsouhag, D., Arnetz, B.B., Jamil, H., Lumley, M.A., & Broadbridge, C., Arnetz, J.E. (2015). Factors associated with healthcare utilization among Arab immigrants and Iraqi refugees. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17, 1305-1312.

Lumley, M.A., Keefe, F.J., Mosley-Willliams, A., Rice, J.R., McKee, D., Waters, S.J., Partridge, R.T., Carty, J.N., Coltri, A.M., Kalaj, A., Cohen, J.L., Neely, L.C., Pahssen, J.K., Connelly, M.A., Bouaziz, Y.B., & Riordan, P.A. (2014). The effects of written emotional disclosure and coping skills training in rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 644-658.

Lumley, M.A., Shi, W., Wiholm, C., Slatcher, R.B., Sandmark, H., Wang, S., Hytter, A., & Arnetz, B.B. (2014). The relationship of chronic and momentary work stress to cardiac reactivity in female managers: Feasibility of a smart phone-assisted assessment system. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76, 512-518.

Hijazi, A.M., Lumley, M.A., Ziadni, M., Haddad, L., Rapport, L.J., & Arnetz, B.B. (2014). Brief narrative exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress in Iraqi refugees: A preliminary randomized clinical trial. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 314-322.

Hsu, M., Schubiner, H., Lumley, M.A., Stracks, J., Clauw, D.J., & Williams, D. (2010). Sustained pain reduction through affective self-awareness in fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25, 1064-1070.

Paul Toro, Ph.D. - If  one considers socioeconomic class as a diversity issue (as I do), then much of the work of our Research Group on Homelessness and Poverty is relevant to diversity. We are engaged in providing a research understanding of homelessness and poverty and, as such, are attempting to bring this diversity-relevant topic into public awareness. Also, the ethnic make-up of the homeless population is estimated to be about 50% African-American in a nation in which only 12% of the total population is African-American (see Ahmed & Toro, 2004). In many cities, African-Americans are a clear majority of the homeless population (in Detroit, for example, 85% of homeless adults are African-American). Other minorities at high risk for homelessness include Latinos, Native Americans, and LGBTQ youth.


Ahmed, S., & Toro, P. A.  (2004).  African Americans.  In D. Levinson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of homelessness, pp. 3-7.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Christopher Trentacosta, Ph.D. - Dr. Trentacosta’s program of research investigates childhood precursors to behavioral and academic maladjustment and sources of resilience, especially among young children who are deemed “at-risk” for problems due to poverty-related stressors. Much of Dr. Trentacosta’s research has been conducted with African-American families living in urban Detroit, and he has also published research on children of Iraqi refugees. The overarching goal of Dr. Trentacosta’s research program is to translate findings from longitudinal research with children and families into empirically-supported preventive interventions.

Goodlett, B. D., Trentacosta, C. J., McLear, C., Crespo, L., Wheeler, R., Williams, A., Chaudhry, K., & Smith-Darden, J. (in press). Maternal depressive symptoms and     at-risk young children’s internalizing problems: The moderating role of mothers’ positivity. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.

McLear, C. M., Trentacosta, C. J., & Smith-Darden, J. (2016). Child self- regulation, parental secure base scripts, and at-risk kindergarteners’ academic achievement.      Early Education and Development, 27, 440-456.

Northerner, L. M., Trentacosta, C. J., & McLear, C. M. (2016). Negative affectivity moderates associations between cumulative risk and at-risk toddlers’ behavior      problems. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 691-699.

Trentacosta, C. J., McLear, C. M., Ziadni, M. S., Lumley, M. A., & Arfken, C. L. (2016). Potentially traumatic events and mental health problems among children of Iraqi     refugees: The roles of relationships with parents and feelings about school. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86, 384-392.

 Glenn Weisfeld, Ph.D. - Our lab studies marital and other amorous relationships in several cultures, including the US, UK, Turkey, China, Brazil and Russia. We also have data in particular US populations: gays, lesbians, and Hispanics. We have a cross-class, cross-race (White and Black) US sample. We are currently editing a book on marriage around the world to be published by Lexington Books. This will be an interdisciplinary book with an evolutionary perspective. 



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