Intercultural Research Center

About the Center

The Applied Educational Psychology programs in the School of Education have an Intercultural Research Center which is housed in Loretto Hall Room 157. Students and faculty use their knowledge of psychology and research methodology in order to understand and help others, especially children and youth in schools.APA Poster Presentation

Our intercultural research includes both international and multicultural perspectives and we explore topics such as international children's rights, cross-cultural studies of youth, racial attitudes, cultural awareness, social justice, and schools' responses to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.

We are building an academic and professional community in which graduate students and professors work together to develop expertise, share ideas, collaborate, make contributions to schools, present at conferences, and publish in journals.

Student projects such as The Global Art Project and thesis research on Chinese Adoptees in Transracial Families are making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents around the world.

About the Faculty

Currently, five faculty are involved –  full-time professor Dr. Deborah Stiles (Director of the Intercultural Research Center), adjunct professors Dr. Jameca Falconer and Dr. Erica Bumpers, and full-time professors, Dr. Yin Lam Lee-Johnson and Dr. Ruth Schumacher. In the past three years these professors have helped twenty-nine students prepare their presentations for international and cross-cultural conferences and ten students prepare articles for international publication. Drs. Stiles, Falconer, and Bumpers also presented their work at the convention of the American Psychological Association in 2013.

For more information about the Intercultural Research Center contact Dr. Deborah Stiles at