About the Authors

Jeffery Scott Mio, Ph.D.

Mio CV
Jeffery Scott Mio is a professor in the Psychology and Sociology Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he also serves as the Director of the M.S. in Psychology Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1984. He taught at California State University, Fullerton, in the Counseling Department from 1984–86, then taught at Washington State University in the Department of Psychology from 1986–94, before accepting his current position at Cal Poly Pomona.

Dr. Mio has held a number of positions in various organizations in psychology. He is a member of six divisions in the American Psychological Association (APA), holding Fellow status in Division 2, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and Division 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. In Division 45, he was Program Chair for the APA Convention from 1998 until 2000, Newsletter Editor from 2000 until 2001, President-Elect from 2001 until 2002, President from 2002 until 2003, Past President from 2003 until 2004, and a member of the Awards Committee from 2008 until 2010. He served on the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs of APA from 1998 until 2000, a member of the Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence Working Group from 1999 until 2002, the Presidential Virtual Working Group on Prejudice and Discrimination in All Its Forms in 2005, the Presidential Task Force on Teaching Multicultural Psychology in 2006, the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula Committee from 2007 until 2011, and the Central Program Working Group of the Board of Convention Affairs from 2008 until 2009.  For the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Dr. Mio served as the Director of the Fellows and Awards Program from 2003 until 2009, the President-Elect from 2009 until 2010, the President from 2010 until 2011, and the Past President from 2011 until 2012, and he is also a Fellow of the organization. For the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), Dr. Mio served as the chair of the Program Committee in 1996, the chair of the Awards Committee in 1997, a member of the Program Committee from 2000 until 2003, a member of the Awards Committee in 2005, chair of the Fellows Committee from 2006 until 2008, and a member of the Student Awards Committee in 2011, and he is also a Fellow of this organization.

Dr. Mio serves on a number of editorial boards and is currently the Book Editor of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. He has published over 60 articles, books, and book chapters and has received a number of honors and awards, including the outstanding Career Achievement Award for Teaching and Training from the APA Minority Fellowship Program, the Teaching Award from WPA, the Distinguished Contribution Award from AAPA, and the George P. Hart Award for Leadership from his home university, Cal Poly Pomona.

His research and writing interests are in the teaching of multicultural issues, the development of allies, humor, and how metaphors are used in political persuasion. His personal interests are in closely following national politics, sports of all kinds, photography, and jazz music.


Lori A. Barker, Ph.D.

Barker CV
Dr. Lori Barker is a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).  Dr. Barker primarily teaches upper division courses for undergraduate psychology majors, and graduate course for their masters in psychology program, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.

Dr. Barker received her B.A. in psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA.  After receiving her degree, Dr. Barker spent one additional year at UCLA as a National Institute of Mental Health Post-doctoral Research Fellow.  Dr. Barker is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including two-time Outstanding Advisor, Psi Chi Western Region; Outstanding Advisor, Office of Student Life, Cal Poly Pomona; Professor of the Year, Psi Chi, Cal Poly Pomona Chapter.

Her primary areas of interest include multiculturalism, community psychology, and child/adolescent psychology.  Following the historic election of President Barack Obama, Dr. Barker became interested in documenting this event. Therefore, her most recent research is on the psychological impact of Obama as the first African American president. Her second main area of research is multicultural education and diversity training and the factors that influence the effectiveness of such programs.

Dr. Barker is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Qualified Medical Evaluator with the State of California, Division of Workers Compensation. She is the founder and director of The Center for Individual, Family, and Community Wellness, a comprehensive mental health agency in Riverside, California. Previous clinical positions include Administrative Director and Director of Clinical Training for the Cal Poly Pomona, Ennis W. Cosby, Child and Family Services Friendmobile, a program that offered counseling, psychological assessment, tutoring, and mentoring to children and families in inner city Pomona. She also worked for 11 years as a part-time staff psychologist and clinical supervisor with Cal Poly Pomona Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Barker regularly gives presentations, workshops, seminars, and keynote addresses for community and professional organizations on a variety of topics, including cultural diversity, ethnic identity, mental health, parenting, mentoring, and spirituality.


Jaydee Santos Tumambing

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