Germine Awad

Germine Awad

Assistant Professor

Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 506H
Tuesday: 11-12
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
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, Texas 78712
UT Mail Code: D5800

Full Vita
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My scholarship is characterized by three interrelated areas of inquiry: prejudice and discrimination, identity and acculturation, and more recently, body image. In addition, due to my extensive methodological training, I have also written in the area of multicultural research methodology. The majority of my research is guided by the questions “What factors lead to discrimination against ethnic minorities?” and “What impacts perceptions of experienced discrimination?” The two populations that I have primarily focused 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. I am concerned with how prejudicial attitudes and ideology impact attitudes towards ethnic minorities generally and within specific domains such as the workplace and higher education. In addition, I examine how racial/ethnic identity and acculturation impact ethnic minorities’ perception of discrimination. Most recently, I have expanded my identity and acculturation research to the study of African American women’s body image.


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

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

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

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. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12026

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. (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

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.

Recent Awards

  • Summer Research Assignment (SRA) Award, University of Texas at Austin
  • CWGS Gilbert Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas at Austin
  • WCAAAS and AADS Summer Research Fellowship
  • Center for Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) Faculty Development Program Fellowship
  • American Psychological Association Division 45(Culture, Ethnicity & Race) Emerging Professional-Contributions to Research Award
  • Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis Faculty Fellow
  • Warfield Center Outstanding Teaching Award. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

Current Research Projects and Grants

Hogg Foundation Mental Health Research Grant (P.I.). $17,500.  Awarded for period: 6/1/2011-6/1/2012. Project: The role of acculturation, religious identification and perceived discrimination on the mental health of Arab/Middle Eastern Americans

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Membership chair, APA, Division 45 (Division on Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology)
  • American Psychological Association, member
    • Division 35 (Psychology of Women)
    • Division 45 (Division for Ethnic Minority Psychology)
    • Division 17 (Counseling Psychology)
    • Division 9 (SPSSI)
    • Division 8 (SPSP)