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Janice Habarth, Ph.D.

Janice Habarth
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(650) 434-2558 


Assistant Professor

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Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Research: Social norms and attitudes; personality; intersectionality, privilege, and marginalization; gender; sexual orientation; mindfulness; health psychology and health disparities; measure development

Teaching: research methods and statistics; professional development and mentoring; practicum forum


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan (2008)
B.A., Anthropology, Eastern Michigan University (1996)


Dr. Janice Habarth is an Assistant Professor for the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. She leads a student research group that investigates topics related to Personality and Social Norms. She is also a principal investigator through the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR), which conducts research to directly impact the mental health and well-being of LGBT individuals and their families, and faculty advisor for student groups including the Women's Health Alliance and the Psi Chi National Honor Society Chapter at PAU.

Dr. Habarth completed a joint Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan's Institute for Human Adjustment involved two half-time placements (child/family and adult outpatient clinics). Dr. Habarth subsequently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at Michigan State University's Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training. During post-doctoral training, she pursued interdisciplinary clinical work as well as research and pedagogical projects. These efforts included pre-surgical evaluations, multidisciplinary assessment clinics, consultation liaison work, mindfulness interventions for chronic illness, medical student wellness curriculum development, and invited talks aimed at increasing medical faculty and residents' competence in attending to patient diversity and psychopathology.

Dr. Habarth has taught a broad range of courses across liberal arts, undergraduate, academic medicine, and graduate clinical psychology training settings. During graduate and postdoctoral training, she developed expertise in writing pedagogy, precepting of medical residents, and group facilitation skills. Dr. Habarth's ongoing research interests include personality (tolerance of ambiguity); heteronormative attitudes and beliefs (including measure development); and health psychology (clinician wellness, mindfulness interventions). She is particularly interested in how the intersections of individual characteristics and social contexts (e.g., privilege, marginality) predict life satisfaction, well-being, and social behavior.

Selected Publications: 

Testa, R. J., Habarth, J., Peta, J., Balsam, K., & Bockting, W. (In Press). Development of the Gender Minority Stress and Resilience Measure. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. doi:10.1037/sgd0000081

Habarth, J. (In press). Development of the Heteronormative Attitudes and Beliefs Scale. Psychology & Sexuality, 1-23.

Habarth, J., Hansell, J., & Grove, T. (2011). How accurately do introductory psychology textbooks present psychoanalytic theory? Teaching of Psychology, 18, 16-21.

Habarth, J., Graham-Bermann, S. A., & Bermann, E. A. (2009). Coping in context: Community and natural resources in low-income women’s environments. Environment & Behavior, 41, 205-232.

Graham-Bermann, S. A., Howell, K. H., Habarth, J., Krishnan, S., Loree, A., & Bermann, E. A. (2008). Toward assessing symptoms of distress in preschool children from low-income families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 220-228.

U-M ADVANCE Project (2007). Assessing the climate for sexual minority doctoral students at the University of Michigan.



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