Eric Mankowski, Ph.D., Professor, Applied Social & Community Psychology and Psychology Associate Chair
Department of Psychology
Eric Mankowski (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is a community and social psychologist, broadly interested in the relationship between individual, group, and community functioning, especially in area of mental health. In particular, I focus on understanding how masculinity is socially constructed and its connection to violence, substance abuse and other health and social problems.
My work involves collaborative research and action projects with social service agencies, community based organizations, and government bodies. A range of methods including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and group observations are used together with quantitative and qualitative analytic techniques.
Current projects include studies examining changes in identity, beliefs, and abusive behavior among men court-mandated to domestic violence intervention programs and their intimate partners; an experimental program evaluation of a strength-based intervention program for male youth in schools, community centers and juvenile justice facilities; a study of organizational growth and dynamics in a men’s self-help community; an evaluation of the impact of men’s self-help groups on masculinity and mental health; evaluation of the impact of statewide standards on batterer intervention program practices; and a research and action project focused on the sociocultural context of intimate partner violence in workplace settings.