CHSS Connection: Publications

Friday, March 13, 2020

March 2020 issue

Burke evaluates instructional resource for meditation

Journal of Cognitive Enhancement coverProfessor Adam Burke (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) and Shannon Hasset of De Anza College published “Evaluating an Instructional Resource Used for Teaching and Learning Meditation: A Pilot Study” in the February 27, 2020 issue of Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. As interest in meditation continues to grow, the need for information on instructinal best practices becomes increasingly important. The study evaluates an instructional meditation resource in terms of perceived benefit memorability and satisfaction.


O’Shaughnessy publishes paper on justice and inclusivity in counseling psychology

Associate Professor of Counseling Tiffany O’Shaughnessy recently coauthored the article, “Counseling Psychology and the Amelioration of Oppression: Translating Our Knowledge into Action,” with Lisa Suzuki (New York University), Gargi Roysircar (Antioch University), Joseph Ponterotto (Fordham University) and Robert Carter (Teacher’s College, Columbia University). The paper is part of a series of invited, peer-reviewed, papers commemorating the 50th anniversary of the journal The Counseling Psychologist. The paper provides a retrospective examination of the work done within counseling psychology to create more just, inclusive and anti-oppressive frameworks and practices. It concludes with a series of recommendations for ways that the field can continue to decolonize the practice of counseling psychology and promote liberation for all.

New book by Toporek provides strategic, interactive guide to enacting social change

Taking Action book coverProfessor and Chair of the Department of Counseling Rebecca L. Toporek has published a book, “Taking Action: Creating Social Change through Strength, Soliarity, Strategy, and Sustainability” (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2020) with coauthor Muninder Kaur Ahluwalia of Montclair State University. Drawing on their collective experience in career counseling, multicultural counseling, psychology, and social justice, the authors guide their readers through a four-principle approach to jumpstart their personal and professional activism. The workbook helps readers identify their personal strengths and resources, connect with others, and develop effective strategies to enact change, all the while encouraging self-care and care of their loved ones. The book presents extensive opportunities to build knowledge, reflect on one’s experiences, assess one’s abilities and construct a plan that effects change. 

Peper, Harvey coauthor article on personalized vibrotactile breathing pacer

Professor Erik Peper and Associate Professor Richard Harvey (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) published an article, “PIV: Placement, Pattern, and Personalization of an Inconspicuous Vibrotactile Breathing Pacer,” in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. The article describes the design and evaluation of PIV, a personalizable and inconspicuous vibrotactile breathing pacer. The authors’ goal is to develop a technology that helps people regulate their anxiety through paced breathing.

Project SHARe publishes studies of same-sex couples’ stess and mental health

Project SHARe, a large-scale study of stress and mental health among same-sex couples, has recently published two new papers reflecting important lessons about how different sources of stress in people’s lives affect their well-being. SHARe (an acronym for Stress, Health and Relationships) is led by Heath Equity Institute Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Allen J. LeBlanc. The first paper, “Measuring a New Stress Domain: Validation of the Couple-Level Minority Stress Scale,” was published in Archives of Sexual Behavior. This study presents newly developed measures of “Couple-Level Minority Stressors” — stressors that emerge from society’s stigmatization of same-sex relationships. SF State coauthors include LeBlanc, Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality Director Colleen C. Hoff and Health Equity Institute researcher Jason Chang.

The second paper, “Couple-Level Minority Stress and Mental Health among People in Same-Sex Relationships: Extending Minority Stress Theory,” was coauthored by LeBlanc and David M. Frost of University College London and was published in Society and Mental Health. It presents findings from the first empirical test of Project SHARe’s theoretical framework and demonstrates how couple-level minority stress uniquely affects mental health among people in same-sex relationships, and that these effects occur beyond other factors widely known to predict mental health.