Dr. Katherine Dunham
Associate professor of Psychology, Applied Social Psychology
The main focus of my research is social support, specifically social support from friends or relatives (i.e., not from formal sources such as counselors). I ask some basic questions about the social support process that occurs when people disclose various personal problems. So far, my research has focused on disclosures of experiences of partner abuse and of suicidal thoughts or behaviors. I hope to expand this research to disclosures of other kinds of personal crises. Recently, I have also done studies on perceptions of incidents of sexual harassment and the effects of the victim’s response to the harassment on observers’ reactions. I also have interests and experience in applied research, including program evaluation and needs assessments for community and health-related services.