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Counseling Psychology

Delishia Pittman

Assistant Professor

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Rogers Hall

Dr. Delishia M. Pittman has trained as a generalist practitioner with clinical expertise in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention with dually diagnosed populations, the treatment of trauma and substance abuse/dependence histories, as well as working with African/African American populations. Additionally, her work focuses on areas of diversity (broadly defined) and cultural competence in clinical training and supervision. 

Dr. Pittman is a behavioral scientist. Her research addresses social, psychological, and cultural determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in health behaviors and health outcomes among marginalized populations and communities. Specifically, her research seeks to understand the mechanisms, biomarkers, and consequences of biopsychosocial processes involved in health and disease with emphases on improving the health and well-being ofAfrican-descended people, broadly examining substance use behavior.

Personal Statement

The journey of education is enhanced when all students participate in the conjoint exchange of ideals and experiences. For me, teaching is an ongoing, interactive process between the students and the instructor. I take seriously my duty to encourage students to take an active approach to their learning. I believe that active learning 1) simultaneously enhances knowledge and the transferability of knowledge and skills, 2) helps demonstrate real world application of course content, and 3) facilitates the development of critical thinking and learning skills. 

Areas of Expertise

 Substance Abuse/Dependence, Health Disparities, and Trauma in African/African American Populations

Current Research

 Current projects explore substance use behaviors and their relationship to coping processes associated with stress and traumatic life experiences in African American adults.


Zhang, H., Neelarambam, K., Rhodes, M.N., Schwenke, T., ., Kaslow, N.J. (2013). Mediators of a Culturally-Sensitive Intervention for Suicidal African American Women. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.   

Obasi, E.M., Richards, J.L., Pittman, D.M., Ingram, J.A. (2013). The roles of race and sex in addiction research.  In J. MacKillop and H. de Wit (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Addiction Psychopharmacology. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell Press.

Warner, C.B., Phelps, R.E., Pittman, D.M., & Moore, C.S. (2012). Anticipating and working with controversy in diversity and social justice topics. In D.S. Dunn, J.C. Wilson, R.A.R Gurung, & K. Naufel (Eds.) Controversy in the psychology classroom: Using hot topics to foster critical thinking. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Obasi, E.M., Brooks, J.J., Pittman, D.M., Richards, J.L., & Mrnak, J. (2009).Contextual variability of implicit alcohol-related cognitions and their relationship to personality. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33 (1).

Pittman, D.M. & Obasi, E.M. The contributions of culturally relevant stressors to substance use and coping behaviors in African Americans. Manuscript under review. 

Obasi, E.M., Shirtcliff, E.A., Brody, G.H., MacKillop, J., Pittman, D.M., Ingram, J., Ratliff, K., & Philibert, R.A. The effects of alcohol consumption, perceived stress, and CRHR1 genotype on the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in rural African Americans. Manuscript under review.

Obasi, E. M., Pittman, D. M., Mrnak, J.S., & Brooks, J.J. (under review). An investigation into implicit cognitions associated with alcohol and violent behaviors. Manuscript under review.


*Selected recent presentations

Pittman, D.M. (November, 2013). Through the Looking Glass: Cultural Competence for the Independent Practitioner. Accepted workshop to be presented at the Oregon Counseling Association Annual Fall Conference. Eugene, OR.

Zhang, H., Pittman, D.M., Fischer, N., Schwenke, T., Kaslow, N.J. (July, 2013). Moderated Mediation: Intimate Partner Violence, PTSD Symptoms, Suicidal Ideation, and Religious Coping. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Division 17. Honolulu, HI.

Pittman, D.M. (May, 2013). White Guilt: A Barrier to Productive Discussions Around Race in Predominately White Courses. Symposium presented at the 26th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education. New Orleans, LA.

Pittman, D.M., Moore, C.S.,& Govan, C.L. (February, 2012). Is all oppression created equal? Utilizing a common language to improve our understanding of oppression while honoring cultural differences. Symposium presented at the Southeastern Conference on Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling and Education. Savannah, GA.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. University of Georgia, M.A. Lewis & Clark, B.A. Concordia University, Portland

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