Sukanya Ray, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Currently accepting students for Fall 2015

Phone: 617-305-1920
Fax: 617-367-2924
Email: sray@suffolk.edu
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 617 

Education

  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • MPhil, Utkal University
  • MA, Utkal University
  • BA, Utkal University

Specialty Areas

Immigrant/Ethnic Minority Communities and Health Risk Factors; Asian Mental Health Risks/Health Disparity issues; Diversity/Multicultural Psychology; Body image issues/Eating Problems; Trauma; Resiliency & Empowerment; Positive Psychology; Cyberpsychology

My current research projects aim to investigate health risk issues among adolescents and adults across cultures and ethnic communities in the following areas. The first project intends to address self /cultural identity, acculturative stresses, socio-emotional adjustment patterns and mental health risks among Asian immigrants and other ethnic minority immigrant communities. Specifically, this project evaluates variations in self-orientations, values, health disparity and healthcare issues across diverse ethnic groups. The second project attempts to examine the psychological, relational dynamics (family and peers) and socio-cultural correlates of body image dissatisfaction, depressive mood and eating problems. I am interested to examine the role of psychological, familial, peer and cultural contexts in shaping maladaptive eating patterns among adolescents/adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The third project intends to evaluate the complex dynamics of loss/trauma (psychological and community), resiliency, adaptation and empowerment patterns among diverse ethnic groups. This research project seeks to also address mental health risks, healthcare needs and wellbeing factors among diverse ethnic communities through multi method and community based approaches. Finally, the cyberpsychology project attempts to examine both the individual and cultural variations among Internet users’ online behavior (communication, social network) and offline (emotion, relationship, health issues) characteristics.

Selected Publications

Jackson, M., Ray, S., & Bybell, D. (in press). International students in the United States: Correlates of sociocultural adjustment and psychological well-being. Journal of International Students.

Mizock, L, Harkins, DA., Ray, S, & Morant, R. (2011) Researcher race in narrative interviews on traumatic racism. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 20(1), 39-56.

Bernardes, C., Ray, S., & Harkins, D. (2009). An exploratory study of resilience and coping strategies among Portuguese-speaking immigrant women survivors of domestic violence. American Journal of Psychological Research. 1 (5), 81-96.

Creedon, M.T., Ray, S., & Harkins, D. (2009). Role of peer teasing in body image disturbance and eating problems among women. American Journal of Psychological Research. 1(5), 111-130.

Thayer, S., & Ray, S. (2006). An exploratory study of online communication and offline characteristics among internet users. Journal of Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 6, 432-440.

Courses Taught

PSYCH 241 - Social Psychology
PSYCH 247 - Asian Perspectives on Health and Work
PSYCH 345 - Teambuilding and Challenges in the Workplace
PSYCH 347 - Cyberpsychology
PSYCH 712 - Multicultural Psychology