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California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Los Angeles Campus

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Alliant International University Los Angeles
1000 South Fremont Ave, unit #5
Alhambra CA 91803


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Research Practicum I, II and III, Social Bases of Behavior, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Women's health; substance abuse; population psychology; social-psychological models in health promotion.

Harvey, S. M., Beckman, L. J., Gerend, M. A., Thorburn, S., Posner, S., Huszti, H. C., & Galavotti, C. (2006). A conceptual model of women's condom use intentions: Integrating intrapersonal and relationship factors. AIDS Care, 18, 698-709.

Beckman, L.J. & Harvey, S.M. (2005) Current reproductive technologies: Increased access and choice? Journal of Social Issues, 61,1-20. (reprinted in Stombler, M. Baunach, D. Burgess, E., Donnelly, D., & Simonds, W, [Eds.] (2007). Sex matters: The sexuality and society reader. Allyn & Bacon.

Beckman, L. J. (2005). Women's reproductive health: Issues, findings and controversies. In J. Worell & C. D. Goodheart, Handbook of girls' and women's psychological health: Gender and well-being across the life span. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ciccarelli, J.C., & Beckman, L. J. (2005). Navigating rough waters: An overview of psychological aspects of surrogacy. Journal of Social Issues, 61,21-43.

Harvey, S.M., Henderson, J. T., Thorburn, S, Beckman ,L. J., Casillas, A., Mendez & Cervantes, R. (2004). A randomized study of a pregnancy and disease prevention intervention for Hispanic couples. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 36,(4), 162-169.

Harvey, S. M., Beckman, L. J., & Bird.S.T. (2003). Feeling powerful in heterosexual relationships: Cultural beliefs among Mexican couples. Culture, Health, and Sexuality, 5(4), 321-337.

Bird, S. T., Harvey, S. M., Beckman, L.J., Nickels, M.D., Rogers, K., & Blumenthal, P. D. (2003). Similarities in women's perceptions and acceptability of manual vacuum aspiration and electric vacuum aspiration for first trimester abortion. Contraception, 67(3):207-212.

Harvey, S.M., Beckman, L.J., & Branch M.R. (2002). The relationship of contextual factors to women's perceptions of medical abortion. Health Care for Women International,23, 654-665.

Beckman, L.J., Harvey, S.M., & Satre, S.J. (2002). The delivery of medical abortion services: The views of experienced providers. Women's Health Issues, 12, 103-112.

Beckman, L.J., Harvey, S.M., Sherman, CA. & Petitti, D.B. (2001). Changes in providers" views and practices about emergency contraception with education. Obstetrics and Gynecology., 97, 942-946.

Bird, S.T., Harvey, S.M., Beckman, L.J., & Johnson, C.H. (2001). Getting your partner to use condoms: Interviews with men and women at risk of HIV/STDs. Journal of Sex Research, 38, 233-240.

Sherman, C.A., Harvey, S.M., Beckman, L.J., & Petitti, D.B. (2001). Emergency contraception: Knowledge and attitudes of care providers in a managed care organization. Women's Health Issues, 11, 448-457.

Beckman, L.J. & Harvey, S.M. (Eds.) (1998). The new civil war: The psychology, culture and politics of abortion. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Morarkhani, A., Beckman, L.J., & Tabibian, J. H. (2013). Health-related quality of life in inflammatory bowel disease: Psychosocial, clinical, socioeconomic and demographic predictors. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, 7, 467-473. doi: 10.1016/j.crohns.2012.07.012

Abdolsalehi-Najafi, E., & Beckman, L. J. (2013). Sex guilt and life satisfaction in Iranian American women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42,1063-1071. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0084-2

Ferrer, R. R., Ramirez, M., Beckman, L.J., Danao, L., & Ashing-Giwa, K. T. (2011). The impact of cultural characteristics on colorectal cancer screening adherence among Filipinos in the United States: A pilot study, Psycho-Oncology, 20, 862-870. doi:10.1002/pon.1793

Kraft, J.M., Harvey, S. M., Hatfield-Timajchy, K., Beckman, L. J., Farr, S. L., Jamieson, D. J., & Thornburn, S. (2010). Pregnancy motivations and contraceptive use: Hers, his or theirs? Women's Health Issues, 20, 234-241. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2010.03.008

Major, B. Appelbaum, M., Beckman, L., Dutton, M.A., Russo, N.F., & West, C. (2009). Abortion and mental health: Evaluating the evidence. American Psychologist, 64, 863-890.doi: 10.1037/a0017497

Beckman, L.J., Harvey, S.M., Bird, S. T., Maher, J. E., & Burns, K, (2006). Women's acceptability of the diaphragm: The role of relationship factors. Journal of Sex Research, 43, 297-306.

Acceptability of new methods for prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually-transmitted disease

Prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases among Latinos

Psychological, cultural and political aspects of abortion

Academic History and Background

B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1963

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1969

American Psychological Association, (Fellow, Divisions 9, 34, 35 and 38)

Professional Practice and Community Service

American Psychological Society (Founding Fellow)

Associate Editor, Psychology of Women Quarterly

Co-Chair, Task Force on Reproductive Issues, Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35, APA)

Editor, Society for the Psychology of Women book series (published by the American Psychological Association)

Polsky, K. Multidimensionality of lesbian women's body experience: Relationship between objectified body consciousness, body esteem, and disordered eating.

Guerrero, D. The relationship between self-concept and recognition of psychological abuse.

Huang, C. Acculturation, Asian cultural values, family conflict, and perceived stress in Chinese immigrant female college students in the United States.

Walker-Bauer, M. Attachment and condom use among heterosexual college students: The mediating effects of sexual motives and outcome expectancies.

Davis, K. Gender role attitudes, gender self-esteem, and relationship power in married women.

Rosen, M. Beyond body dissatisfaction: The relationship among attachment, self-esteem, and body dissatisfaction in Asian American and European American women.

Callow, J. Adult women's experience of their bodies: The connection between perceived control, physical appearance, feminist ideology, and body image satisfaction.

Horowitz, J. Culture bound-syndromes of anxiety disorders and multicultural competence.

Daryoush, D. Factors that predict attitudes toward Muslims post-September 11th.

Van Acker, C. College women's cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to acquaintance sexual aggression.

Rohrer, S. Covariance structural equation modeling of the development and/or maintenance of body image dissatisfaction and disturbed eating.

Kutsunai, S. The relationship of perceived control and spirituality to psychological adjustment to chronic illness.

Lee, A. Ethnic identity and risky sexual behavior of Asian American Women: Implications for the prevention of HIV infection.

Calandra, J. Body image in menopausal and lesbian heterosexual women.

Jurkowitz, I. Reducing stress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder: Testing the Effectiveness of Parents Matter.

Nourmand, R. Emotional intelligence, attachment style and ambivalent sexism.

Lombardo, A. (2013). A self-concept group intervention pilot study for individuals with an acquired brain injury: The relationship between self-concept, depression and quality of life.

Grace, K. The Black misconception of self: An examination of internalized racism, adult attachment style, and perceived stress

Coutin, R. Perceptions of psychological abuse in intimate partner relationships.

Estiaghpour, D. Understanding the roles of socioeconomic status and perfectionism in negative body image and disordered eating in Iranian-American women.

Ghoddousi, J. Religious involvement, perceived social support and general psychological distress in Muslims living in the United States.

Moradkhani, A. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): variables associated with health-related quality of life, stress and health behaviors.

Frank, J. Successful weight minding: a phenomenological study of long-tem weight loss and maintenance.

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