Research Interests: Understanding and preventing racism and prejudice;cultural and ethnic identity; romantic experiences of young women; Service: Promoting the health and welfare of children and youth; Teaching and mentoring:Engaging students in diverse processes to strengthen the skills required to engage in scientific and logical scholarship that promotes their professional goals.
Deborah L. Vietze received a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University in 1979, specializing in psychometrics and evaluation. For the past thirty-six years her research has focused on themes related to the developmental significance of social identity for health and social development in underserved populations. Research with current Ph.D. students explores the nature of power dynamics in social relations; the influence of perceived discrimination and optimal life experience on social identity; and self-construal’s influence on conservation.
From 2010 for three years Vietze served on the American Psychological Association’s five-member team to represent APA at the United Nations—working to bring the science and applications of psychology to the permanent missions at the UN and to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on problems of global concern. She is the author, with J. M. Jones and J. F. Dovidio, of The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Racism and Prejudice, forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell in 2014. She is working on a book that translates theory and research in human development for use by practitioners in health, human services, educational, life coaching, and legal settings.
Vietze is recipient of the APA Achievement Award for Excellence in Integrating Research and Service for Ethnic Minority Populations and the C. Everett Koop Public Health Award for health-related services research; and she was one of ten original National Institute of Mental Health Graduate Research Fellows and a APA Minority Research Fellow (1975–78). She was a member of the 2000 National Academy of Sciences committee that reviewed the science of early development for the public and has served on numerous professional advisory committees and community boards and written many journal articles and book chapters. Teaching, research advising, writing, reading fiction and poetry, and kayaking are among her passions. (Note: Formerly Deborah L. Coates)