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Sharon Flicker

Associate Professor of Psychology

Sharon Flicker joined Antioch College as an Associate Professor in Psychology in Winter 2015. She joins us from the Asian University for Women, an international women’s liberal arts college in Bangladesh, where she taught for 2.5 years. Prior to that, she taught for the University of Maryland University College in both Japan and Germany.

Dr. Flicker’s clinical expertise lies in family therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults, adolescents, and parents. Her research interests lie in the connection between social relationships and mental health and how culture might moderate that link. Previous studies have examined therapeutic process and outcomes in ethnically matched and mismatched therapist-client pairs and ethnic differences in coping, social support and help-seeking of women in violent relationships. Her most recent project compares the development of romantic attachment and other aspects of love in arranged and love marriages in Bangladesh.

EDUCATION

  • Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico

  • M. S., Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico

  • B. S., Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University

SELECTED COURSES

  • PSYC 330: Cross-Cultural Psychology Western psychology has tended to focus on the behavior of members of WEIRD (wealthy, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic societies) populations and concluded on the basis of these nonrepresentative samples that many psychological processes are universal, or shared by all people across cultures. However, cross-cultural research in psychology has demonstrated that many psychological processes are more validly described as culture-bound. This course will explore the ways in which psychology is socially constructed. Through discussions, readings, and activities, we will examine how psychological processes, and the theories and study of psychological processes, are inextricably linked to specific historical, social, and cultural contexts. Students can expect to develop a broader, global perception of contemporary psychology and a useful set of critical-thinking tools with which to analyze and evaluate psychology.

  • PSYC 200: Basic Therapeutic Skills This course is an introduction to foundational therapeutic skills. The goals of the course are for the student to learn and develop active listening skills, attending skills, rapport building, the art of questioning, self-reflexivity, consciousness raising, ethics, and note taking/ written PSYC 420: Political and Ethical Issues in Psychology.  How has the field of psychology decided what diagnoses are included or excluded in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)? How do diagnostic criteria determine who has access to resources? What is the role of psychopharmacology in psychology? How does the government or public policy affect the scope of psychological services? These questions, and the sociopolitical context of the psychology field, are taken up in this course. Major legal cases and ethical issues in psychology will be studied, along with contemporary psycho-political issues and concerns.

  • PSYC 395: Special Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Relationships Close relationships are paramount in our lives; they have an enormous influence on our thoughts, feelings and behavior. Discussing both theory and empirical findings, we will explore relationships through cultural, biological, social and developmental lenses, focusing on specific topics such as attraction, communication, friendship, sexuality, love, conflict, power and violence, loss, social cognition, and repairing relationships.  Students in this class should come away with a better understanding of how researchers form and test hypotheses about relationships as well as a better understanding of themselves and their relationships.

  • PSYC 215: Social Marketing for Sustainability Through participating in this course, students will learn how to be effective agents of social change. We will cover the basics of conservation psychology, or the study of the psychological processes that underlie behaviors that conserve or degrade the environment and the use of psychological principles to design effective interventions that encourage environmental conservation. To this end, students will learn principles of divergent areas within psychology: social, behavioral, cognitive, personality and motivation to better understand environmental behavior and learn how to apply these principles to encourage behavior change in others. This is an experiential course: students will work in small groups, following the steps of community-based social marketing to develop, implement, and evaluate an intervention on campus.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 

  • Flicker, S. M., Ayoub  , H. J. S., & Guynn, M. J. (2017). Emotional display rules in Palestine: Ingroup/outgroup membership, status of interaction partner and gender. International Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12429

  • Bui, L & Flicker, S M. (2013). The relationship between analytic and holistic styles of thinking and forgiveness. The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2013 Official Conference Proceedings, 529-542.

  • Flicker, S. M., Cerulli, C., Swogger, M., & Talbot, N. (2012). Depressive and Post-Traumatic Symptoms among Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence: Relations to Coping Strategies, Social Support, and Ethnicity. Violence Against Women,18, 420-36.

  • Flicker, S. M., Cerulli, C., Zhao, X., Tang, W., Watts, A., Xia, Y., & Talbot, N. L. (2011). Concomitant Forms of Abuse and Helpseeking Behavior among White, African American, and Latina Women who Experience Intimate Partner Violence. Violence Against Women, 17, 1067-85.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS 

  • Flicker, S. M., Afroz, F., Mohsin, F., & Saif, S. N. (July 2016). Romantic attachment in love versus arranged marriages in Bangladesh: Women's experiences in the first three years of marriage. Paper presented at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Studies, Nagoya, Japan.

  • Flicker, S. M. & Bui, L. T. T. (July 2016). Cross-cultural differences in the understanding of forgiveness in an Asian and North American sample. Paper presented at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Studies, Nagoya, Japan.

  • Ayoub, H. J. S., & Flicker, S. M. (July 2015). Emotional display rules in Palestine: Culture, interaction partner and gender. Poster presented at the regional conference for the International Association for Cross-Cultural Studies, San Cristobal de la Casas, Mexico.

  • Flicker, S.M. (July 2015). Passion, intimacy, commitment, and relationship quality: comparisons of arranged and love marriages in a Bangladeshi sample.  Paper presented at the regional conference for the International Association for Cross-Cultural Studies, San Cristobal de la Casas, Mexico.

  • Flicker, S. M. & Bui, L. T. T. (July 2014). Predictors of emotional and decisional forgiveness. Poster presented at the 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Bui, L. & Flicker, S. M. (March 2013). The relationship between analytic and holistic styles of thinking and forgiveness. Poster presented at Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, Osaka, Japan.