Germine Awad

Germine Awad

Associate Professor

Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 506H
Hours: Tues/Thurs 11 AM - 12 PM or by appointment

(512) 471-0526

(512) 471-1288

Courses of Instruction
Psychology of Race & Racism
Psychology of Women
Psychology of Women & Gender
Literature Review & Methods
Psychology of Race, Prejudice & Stereotyping

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Dr. Germine Awad’s scholarship is characterized by three interrelated areas of inquiry: prejudice and discrimination, identity and acculturation, and body image.  She also examines how racial/ethnic identity and acculturation impact ethnic minorities’ perception of discrimination. The two populations she primarily focuses on are Arab/Middle Eastern Americans and African Americans. Although overt discrimination towards ethnic minorities has decreased over the years, the practice of more covert, subtle forms of prejudice remains. The events of September 11, 2001, however, reintroduced more explicit forms of prejudice towards Arab/Middle Eastern Americans, and those perceived to be Muslim, complicating the dialogue on discrimination in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Awad has received extensive methodological training and writes in the area of multicultural research methodology.


B.S., Psychology, John Carroll University, 1999

M.A., Psychology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2002

Ph.D., Psychology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2005

Representative Publications

Awad, G. H., Norwood, C. R., Taylor, D., Martinez, M., McClain, S., Jones, B., Holman, A., & Chapman-Hilliard, C. (in press). Beauty and body image concerns among African American college women.  Journal of Black Psychology.

Neville, H. A., Awad, G. H., Brooks, J., Flores, M., & Bluemel, J. (2013). Color-blind racial ideology: Theory, training, and measurement implications in psychology. The American Psychologist, 68(6), 455-466.

Awad, G. H. (2013).  Does policy name matter? The effect of framing on the evaluations of African American applicants. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 379-387.

Awad, G. H. (2010). The impact of acculturation and religious identification on perceived discrimination for Arab/Middle Eastern Americans. Cultural Diversity And Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(1), 59-67. doi:10.1037/a0016675

Awad, G. H., & Cokley, K. O. (2010). Designing and interpreting quantitative research in multicultural counseling. In J. G. Ponterotto, J. Casas, L. A. Suzuki, C. M. Alexander (Eds.), Handbook of multicultural counseling (3rd ed.) (pp. 385-396). Thousand Oaks, CA US: Sage Publications, Inc.

Awad, G. H. (2007). The role of racial identity, academic self-concept, and self-esteem in the prediction of academic outcomes for African American students. Journal Of Black Psychology, 33(2), 188-207. doi:10.1177/0095798407299513.

Recent Awards

Nominated by the Arab American Institute to the Census National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations, 2014

American Psychological Association Division 45 (Cultural, Ethnicity, & Race) Emerging  Professional – Contributions to Research Award, 2014

Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis Faculty Fellow, 2014

Warfield Center Outstanding Teacher Award, Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, 2013

Summer Research Assistant Award, University of Texas at Austin, Educational Psychology, 2012

Center for Women and Gender Studies Gilbert Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Women and Gender Studies, 2011

Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies Summer Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Current Research Projects and Grants

Hogg Foundation Mental Health Research Grant (P. I.). The role of acculturation, religious identification, and perceived discrimination o the mental health of Arab/Middle Eastern Americans.  2011-2012, $17,500.

National Institutes of Health (P. I.). Health disparities loan repayment. The role of acculturation, religiosity, and perceived discrimination on the mental health of African, Latino/a, and Arab Americans. 2013-2015, $70,000.

Research Interests and Expertise

The majority of Dr. Germine Awad’s research is guided by the questions “What factors lead to discrimination against ethnic minorities?” and “What impacts perceptions of experienced discrimination?” Her research is primarily concerned with how prejudicial attitudes and ideology impact attitudes towards ethnic minorities generally and within specific domains such as the workplace and higher education. Most recently, Dr. Awad has expanded her identity and acculturation research to the study of African American women’s body image.