Emily Blevins

Teaching Assistant for Community Psychology


Emily is a fourth-year PhD student in Clinical-Community Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and International Studies from the University of Richmond in 2013. Before beginning graduate school, Emily worked as a Faculty Research Assistant in the CAPER Lab at the University of Maryland and as a Research Associate at KNG Health Consulting in the Washington D.C. area. 

Research Interests

  • White Americans' emotions about race
  • Intergroup emotions
  • Measurement of emotion in racialized contexts
  • Interpersonal aggression and trauma
  • Racial justice work in religious settings

Research Description

Emily’s research focuses on White Americans’ attitudes, beliefs, and emotions about race. She is primarily interested in developing methods for measuring emotion in interracial settings, understanding individual and contextual factors that influence emotional responses to race, and leveraging principles in clinical psychology to develop interventions that help White Americans recognize and regulate emotions in interracial settings. 

A second line of Emily's research can be broadly described as "Why do people hurt each other, and how do people collectively heal after harm?" This research includes a focus on interpersonal aggression and trauma, as well as on collective healing such as racial reconciliation work in religious settings. Emily seeks to apply a critical lens to this work by analyzing how context, history, and power operate in the interpersonal relationship, and the differential responsibility some parties may have to repair harm. In this vein, she hopes to promote truthful, authentic, and liberatory healing practices. 


B.A. in Psychology, International Studies - University of Richmond

Awards and Honors


List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)


Courses Taught

PSYC 239: Community Psychology

PSYC 340/341: Advanced Community Projects (Cunningham Children's Home Internship)

Highlighted Publications


Todd, N. R., Blevins, E. J., & Yi, J. (2019). A social network analysis of friendship and spiritual support in a religious congregation. American Journal of Community Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12359.

Johnson, K.A., Seitz-Brown, C., Anderson, K., DeGeorge, D., Blevins, E., & Daughters, S.B. (2017). 1-year post treatment outcomes from a RCT of a behavioral activation treatment for substance use and depression. Drug & Alcohol Dependence171, e96.

Dobson, A., El-Gamil, A., Lin, E., DaVanzo, J. E., Koenig, L., Blevins, E., Sankaran, S. (2016). Improvements to Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments: Benchmarking S-10 data using IRS form 990 data and worksheet S-10 trend analyses (HHSM-500-2011-00014I). Vienna, VA.

Magidson, J.F., Lejuez, C.W., Kamal, T., Blevins, E.J., Murray, L., Bass, J., Bolton, P., & Pagoto, S. (2016). Adaptation and implementation of community health worker-delivered behavioral activation for torture survivors in Kurdistan, Iraq. Global Mental Health, 2, 1-10.