The Department of Psychology
THE CENTER FOR CROSS-CULTURAL AND MULTI CULTURAL RESEARCH
In conjunction with the Center for Multicultural Research, the Center for Cross-cultural research focuses on clinical research on ethnic minority mental health, racial and ethnic identity, and racism. Since 1993, Dr. Kohatsu has consistently conducted research on racial identity issues, racial stereotyping, and the psychological impact of racism with approximately 8 CSULA students on his team. In the space of 3 3/4 years, the research program established by Dr. Kohatsu has resulted in 23 publications, conference papers, and professional presentations. In addition, 4 small state-funded grants have been awarded. Further, students who worked extensively on Dr. Kohatsu's research team have gone on to Ph.D. programs at, for example, Claremont, University of Maryland, and USC.
In the light of the consistent standards upheld in training students and in the active research program established the activities at the Center for Cross-cultural research will continue to flourish. There is no other programmatic research on the west coast dedicated to the examination of racial identity theory and its clinical applications to help psychologists better understand the psychosocial functioning of, for example, Asian Americans, in different sociocultural contexts. Similarly, the Center for Crosscultural research will also serve a unique function by incorporating an outreach function to the university community.