Broadly speaking, my research seeks to understand the social determinants of mental and physical health. More specifically, I focus on social barriers to seeking and complying with treatment (primarily self-stigma), ameliorative social process (e.g. interpersonal forgiveness and religious/spiritual engagement), and aspects of patient-provider relationships that relate to positive health outcomes.
I believe that a viable research agenda in behavioral medicine must account for the ecological complexity of real patient and provider relationships. At DMU I am currently engaging in research to examine predictors of physician interpersonal and cross-cultural competence and efforts to help promote such competence in instances were remediation is indicated.
Ultimately, I am very excited to continue to work where “the rubber meets the road” as it relates to improving the quality of behavioral healthcare in medical settings. Especially in an era in which integrated care is quickly becoming the preferred mode of treatment, more research is needed to understand how the long tradition of behavioral medicine can be successfully integrated into the larger healthcare system.
Lannin, D. G., Vogel, D. L., Brenner, R. E., & Tucker, J. R. (2015). Predicting Self-Esteem and Intentions to Seek Counseling: The Internalized Stigma Model. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(1), 64-93.
Wei, M., Tsai, P. C., Lannin, D. G., Du, Y., & Tucker, J. R. (2014). Mindfulness, Psychological Flexibility, and Counseling Self-Efficacy: Hindering Self-Focused Attention as a Mediator. The Counseling Psychologist, 0011000014560173.
Cornish, M. A., Wade, N. G., Tucker, J. R., & Post, B. C. (2014). When Religion Enters the Counseling Group: Multiculturalism, Group Processes, and Social Justice. The Counseling Psychologist, 42(5), 578-600.
Tucker, J.R., Hammer, J.H., Vogel, D., Bitman, R., & Wade, N.G., & Maier, E. (2013). Disentangling Self-Stigma: Are Mental Illness and Help-Seeking Self-Stigmas Different? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60(4): 520-31.
Post, B. C., Cornish, M. A., Wade, N. G., & Tucker, J. R. (2013). Religion and spirituality in group counseling: Beliefs and practices of university counseling center counselors. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 38(4): 264-284.
Wade, N., Post, B., Cornish, M., Vogel, D., Tucker, J.R. (2011). Predictors of the change in self-stigma following a single session of group counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58(2): 170-82.
Tucker, J.R., Bitman, R.L., Wade, N.G., & Cornish, M.A. (In Press). Defining forgiveness: Historical roots, contemporary research, and key considerations for health outcomes. In L. Toussaint, E.L. Worthington, Jr., & D.R. Williams (Eds.). In L. Toussaint, E. L., Jr., Worthington, & D. R. Williams (Eds.). Forgiveness and health: Scientific evidence and theories relating forgiveness to better health. New York: Springer Publishers.
Wade N. G., Tucker, J.R., Cornish, M. A. (2012). Forgiveness interventions and the promotion of resilience following interpersonal stress and trauma. In Kent, M., Davis, M.C., & Reich, J.W. (Eds.), The Resilience Handbook: Approaches to Stress and Trauma.
Tucker, J.R. (June, 2014). Report on the Iowa Psychological Association Graduate Student and Early Career Professional Panel. The Iowan Psychologist: A Newsletter of the Iowa Psychological Association, 10-11.
Tucker, J.R. (April, 2014). Group Work with College Students: Integrating Models of Psychosocial Development. The Group Psychologist, 23(3), Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, Division 49.
Tucker, J.R. & Grimmell, D. (June, 2013). Position Statement on Psychological Assessment. Iowa Psychological Association (IPA). Approved by the IPA executive council during the June 7th Executive Council Meeting, Johnston, IA.
Tucker, J.R. & Ottavi, T.M. (2012). Report on the IPA Membership Survey on Healthcare Integration. The Iowan Psychologist: A Newsletter of the Iowa Psychological Association, 10-11.