Kohn-Wood, Laura – School of Education & Human Development

Kohn-Wood, Laura

Dean and Professor
Educational and Psychological Studies
University of Virginia, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 1996
Community Psychology

Dr. Kohn-Wood is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami (UM). She also serves as the Senior Resident Faculty of Pearson Residential College.

Dr. Kohn-Wood received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Virginia in 1996 and completed an internship at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She served as an Assistant, then Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan from 1999 to 2009.

Dr. Kohn-Wood’s research program Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Promotion of Strengths (RECAPS) focuses on race, ethnicity and culture in relation to the experience of psychological phenomena among diverse populations, with an emphasis on race-based protective factors and the promotion of positive coping and mental health among African Americans. Dr. Kohn-Wood has conducted community-based participatory action research and intervention projects with several community-based organizations in urban areas. She served as the founding director of the Master’s Program in Community & Social Change and, with colleagues, developed the Ph.D. Program in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami.

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Culture has become one of the most important constructs in contemporary psychology, yet when behavioral and social scientists attempt to research ethnocultural communities, they typically rely on wholly quantitative methods, excluding the richness and vitality that numbers alone cannot convey.
This volume presents the state-of-the-art discourse on qualitative methods in psychology and community studies. Geared toward multiple audiences, Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research provides crucial background on the methodological concepts of qualitative approaches to appeal to undergraduate and graduate students being trained in qualitative methods. Yet it includes a wide range of detailed case examples on innovative qualitative approaches to attract researchers in the behavioral and social sciences.
Anyone involved in community-level ethnographic research or psychological intervention programs will benefit from this significant and timely work.
The chapters in Part I of this edited volume span an array of methodological issues in qualitative research, with particular attention to studies and interventions in ethnocultural communities that have been marginalized. Part II includes chapters that address specific qualitative research applications.
Authors from the United States and abroad provide examples of research dilemmas and recommendations for this and the next generation of qualitative researchers.

Kohn-Wood, L. & Thomas, A. (2016). Positive psychology assessment in African Americans. In E. Chang (Ed.), Positive psychology in racial and ethnic minority groups: Theory, research, assessment and practice. Washington DC: APA.

Kohn-Wood L., Pollard S., Becker Herbst R., & Birichi D.K. (2016). Ethnic Minority Mental Health Strengths in the United States. In H.S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd edition, Vol 2, pp. 149-160. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Aguilera, A., Miranda, J., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Organista, K., González, G., McQuaid, J., Kohn-Wood, L., Le, H., Ghosh-Ippen, C., Urizar, G., Soto, J., Mendelsen, T., Barrera, A., Torres, L., Leykin, Y., Schueller, S., Liu, N., Muñoz, R. (2016). Depression prevention and treatment interventions: The evolution of the Latino Mental Health Research Program. In G. Bernal, et al (Eds.), Depression prevention and treatment interventions: How clinical research training programs can contribute to evidence-based practice. Wash., DC: APA.

Kohn-Wood, L., Nagata, D., Kim, J. & Billingsley, A. (2016). Innovative methodologies and procedures. In, J.G. Ponterro, M. Casas, L. Suzuki & C.M. Alexander (Eds.), Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Psychology, 4th Ed.Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Smith, L., Kohn-Wood, L., & Nicolas, G. (2016). The “One Drop Rule:” Shifting Expressions of Racial Identity and Well-Being in Black-Multiracial Individuals. In, J.M. Sullivan & W. Cross (Eds.), Meaning-Making, Internalized Racism, and African American Identity. NY: SUNY.

Thomas, A., P., Hammond, W. P. & Kohn-Wood, L. P. (2015). Chill, be cool man: African American men, identity, coping and aggressive ideation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037545

Kohn-Wood, L. P., Samson, F., & Braddock, J. (2014). Race, Social Identity, and Generative Spaces: Miami as a Microcosm of Categorical Complexity in a 21st- Century Global City. American Behavioral Scientist, 0002764214550307.

Pérez Benítez, C.I., Sibrava, N., Kohn-Wood, L., Bjornsson, A.S., Zlotnick, C., Weisberg, R., & Keller M.B. (2014). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans: A Two Years Follow-Up Study. Psychiatry Research, 22, 376-383.

Kohn-Wood, L. & Hooper, L. (2014). Health Disparities, Cultural Competency, and Culturally Tailored Care in Primary Care Settings. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36, 173-188.

Kohn-Wood, L.P., Powell, W. H., Haynes, T., Ferguson, K. K., Jackson, B. A. (2012). Coping styles, depressive symptoms and race during the transition to adulthood. Mental Health Religion and Culture, 15, 363-372.

Nagata, D., Kohn-Wood, L.P. & Suzuki, L. (2012). Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research. Washington, DC: APA.

Nagata, D., Suzuki, L. & Kohn-Wood, L. (2012). Understanding the lived experience of ethnocultural populations from a qualitative perspective. In, D. Nagata, L. Kohn-Wood, & L. Suzuki (Eds.), Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research. Washington, DC: APA.

Spencer, M., Kohn-Wood, L., Jankowski, R., Keeles, O. & Birichi, D. (2012). The use of photovoice methodology with African American mothers in Head Start:Environmental justice and the well-being of poor children of color. In, D. Nagata, L. Kohn-Wood, & L. Suzuki (Eds.), Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research. Washington, DC: APA.

Kohn-Wood, L. & Diem, J. (2012). Novel approaches to qualitative methods with ethnocultural populations. In, D. Nagata, L. Kohn-Wood, & L. Suzuki (Eds.), Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research. Washington, DC: APA.

Suzuki, L., Nagata, D. & Kohn-Wood, L. (2012). Reflections on the Current Status and Future Directions of Qualitative Research with Ethnocultural Populations. In, D. Nagata, L. Kohn-Wood, & L. Suzuki (Eds.), Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research. Washington, DC: APA.

November 10, 2020

From the Desk of the Dean – October November 2020

Dear All, Welcome to the October/November edition of Engage, which represents our opportunity to share with you some news about the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. I would like to first ACKNOWLEDGE the fraught nature of the current times.
September 21, 2020

From the Desk of the Dean – September 2020

Dear School of Education and Human Development family, It is hard to believe that we are well into the seventh month of adapting to a world changing pandemic, and it is difficult to contemplate all of the other world- and perspective-changing events that have occurred during this time.
April 14, 2020

From the Desk of the Dean – April 2020

As I write this, the world is experiencing unprecedented disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I truly hope that anyone reading this is safe, healthy and withstanding the difficult changes we have all had to make to live, work and celebrate April holidays – I hope those of you who observe – had wonderful Easter and Seder celebrations.
December 14, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean – December 2019

As the calendar year draws to a close I want to thank you for supporting the UM School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), whether it is your time, treasure or talent that you have shared in the past year. Our hope is that you feel engaged with the SEHD, as a student, faculty or staff member, an alumnus, community partner or just someone who reads our monthly electronic newsletter updates.
November 22, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean – November 2019

How do you measure impact? As the (still) relatively new dean of the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), almost everywhere I go I say that our school seeks greater impact. We want to ensure that education can transform lives. This is a central premise of a democratic country, that citizens have opportunity for social mobility through education.
October 22, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean – October 2019

At the SEHD, we engage in “Transformation through Education”. This isn’t just a tagline for us. Our pursuits include: Transformation in educational equity, transformation in the science of learning, as well as transformation in community engagement. We do this by taking seriously the current and potential interdisciplinary research that comes from having faculty expertise across physical, psychological and educational domains of inquiry.
September 17, 2019

University of Curaçao -Opening Academic year 2019/2020

Dean Kohn-Wood. University of Curaçao – Opening Academic year 2019/2020
September 17, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean – September 2019

Without the familiar markers of the fall season that occur in other parts of the country like the changing colors of the leaves and the gradual cooling of the air, in Miami, we must mark the new season in other ways. We settle into the fall semester, we welcome new students and faculty, we unhappily bear the continued heat, and we get serious about preparing for hurricane threats.
August 15, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean – August 2019

Summer is over – the fall term begins! As the daughter of teachers, and as a lifetime academic who has been on a school-based calendar from childhood through middle age, I have become quite familiar with….
July 12, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean – July 2019

Fresh from watching the victorious USA World Cup team, I am reminded of a quote from Coach Jill Ellis, the first coach to win the biggest prize in women’s football twice, and just one of two coaches to ever win two World Cup titles ….
May 8, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean

Spring is an interesting time in academia. In the School of Education and Human Development we busily wrap up the academic year and honor our graduating seniors and graduate students who have completed their degree programs.
March 14, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean

Greetings Alumni, Students, Colleagues and Friends! Spring has sprung and it is an exciting time in the School of Education and Human Development!
February 15, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean

Greetings from the Desk of the Dean!
October 30, 2018

From the Desk of the Dean

The current ‘scandal’ involving college admissions cheating is, unfortunately, not completely surprising given what we already knew about the great lengths some parents will go in an effort to give their children perceived advantages in life.
October 18, 2018

Dean Kohn Wood Urges Support for Referendum #362

August 11, 2018

Open Letter from the Dean of the School of Education and Human Development.

I was extraordinarily concerned to hear about an incident that occurred on our campus between students at a week-long science and technology session conducted by our faculty.