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About Irene López

Irene López is an associate professor of psychology. She teaches in the psychology department and for the women's and gender studies and Latino studies concentrations.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Dr. López is a clinical psychologist who studies psychopathology using a cross-cultural and feminist lens. Her areas of interests are in the intersection of psychology and anthropology, which was a topic that she explored in detail when she was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral scholar with Family Research Consortium IV and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. In particular, she is interested in the impact of acculturation on mental health, cross-cultural psychopathology, and socioeconomic status. Other areas of interest are phenotype, racial and ethnic identity, and women's issues in ethnic minority communities, which she seeks to understand within the tradition of liberation psychology.
Dr. López has received a number of awards for her teaching and research, including the Harvey F. Lodish Junior Faculty Development Professor in the Natural Sciences, a faculty fellowship by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and a High Flyer Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2011, she was awarded an NIMH Early Career Investigator to attend the World Mental Health Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health in Cape Town, and was part of the inaugural American Psychological Association's Delegation to Cuba. She has also served as a task force member of the American Psychology Association Committee on Socioeconomic Status.
An avid photographer, Dr. López is married to Dr. Thomas Hawks, a poet who teaches creative writing. In 2010, both taught as part of the program Semester At Sea where they visited and lectured on various countries around the world (i.e., China, Japan, Viet Nam, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, and Brazil). They are the proud parents of Spencer and Sabina Hawks.


Present Associate Professor of Psychology, Kenyon College

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P: (740) 427-5373
Samuel Mather 302


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