- sense of belonging
- radical healing
- effects of race and racism on psychological well-being
- ethnic and racial identity development
- liberation psychology and praxis
- BIPOC solidarity
Andi's program of research comprises two main arms: (1) sense of belonging for Global Majority members (e.g., Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and (2) radical healing, or "being and becoming whole in the face of identity-based wounds" for Global Majority members. Through her research and clinical work, she integrates these two arms of research to develop phenomenologically-grounded, culturally-relevant theories and measurements for promoting psychological well-being and healing for members of the Global Majority.
Andi's current research includes generating a theory and measurement for a racial-ethnic-cultural (REC) sense of belonging in Global Majority members. The grounding for this research can be found in a systematic review of measures of REC belonging. She has also published papers on the link between empathy for People of Color and awareness of structural racism, healing research methods for the Global Majority, and creating a public psychology for liberation. Other recent research areas include the experiences of perinatal birthing people of color during COVID-19 and experiences of racial trauma in the healthcare system, the experiences of discrimination faced by Asian/Asian Americans during COVID-19, and how to create a decolonial psychological science for liberation. Her interests more broadly include extending the benefits of psychology to all and developing tools for uplifting Global Majority solidarity, healing, and wellness in the face of structural racism.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Psychological Sciences, M.S.
Tufts University, Clinical Psychology & English, B.S.