Department of Psychology
CATHERINE H. STEIN
I am interested in understanding how the social environment shapes people's expectations, feelings and behaviors. I study the role of families and social networks in maintaining mental health and well-being in adulthood. One aspect of my research has been working with adults coping with serious mental illness, their parents and well siblings. I also conduct research on adult child-parent relationships across the life course. My research examines aspects of personal relationships and social settings that promote support, connectedness and sense of community. I am interested in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods in clinical psychology. My work reflects my commitment to studying individuals within a larger social context.
Abraham, K. M., & Stein, C. H. (2010). Staying connected: Young adults’ obligation towards parents with and without mental illness. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 125-134.
Faigin, D. A., & Stein, C. H. (2010). The power of theater to promote individual recovery and social change. Psychiatric Services, 61, 303-308.
Maunu, A. & Stein, C. H. (2010). Coping with the personal loss of having a parent with mental illness: Young adults’ narrative accounts of spiritual struggle and strength. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 645-655.
Stein, C. H., Abraham, K. M., Bonar, E. E., McAuliffe, C. E., Fogo, W. R., Faigin, D. A., Abu Raiya, H., & Potokar, D. N. (2009). Making meaning from personal loss: Religious, benefit finding, and goal-oriented attributions. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 14, 83-100.
Stein, C. H. (2008). “I owe it to them:” Understanding felt obligation towards parents in adulthood. In Kim Shifren’s (Ed.) How caregiving affects development: Psychological implications for child, adolescent, and adult caregivers. Washington DC: APA Press.
Stein, C. H., Mann, L. M, & Hunt, M. G. (2007). Ever onward: The personal strivings of young adults with serious mental illness and the hopes of their parents. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77, 104-112.
Stein, C. H., & Mankowski, E. (2004). Asking, witnessing, interpreting, knowing: Conducting qualitative research in community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 33, 21-35.
A large part of effective teaching is creating a setting where students are able to value what they know and evaluate what they learn. In my work with undergraduates, I try to create a classroom environment where students can translate their implicit theories, observations and experiences into the language of psychology. My goal is to help students to master new ways of thinking about behavior and to integrate what they are learning into their existing knowledge base. In graduate teaching, I work to create opportunities for students to recognize and build upon their skills as researchers and clinicians. For me, creating such educational settings requires that I listen and learn as much as lecture and know. Teaching is a deeply personal experience that allows me to share my expertise, my respect for the strengths of students, and the excitement that I have for psychology.
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