Michigan State University

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Diemer Matthew A. Diemer
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Lynch School of Education 2003
Masters University of Utah, Graduate School of Education 1998
Bachelors Psychology, Central Michigan University 1996

Research Statement
Matthew Diemer's research examines a) how marginalized youth develop a critical consciousness of social, political, and racial inequality and become motivated to produce social change, b) career development and engagement with the opportunity structure among marginalized youth, c) and how this critical consciousness of structural constraints may help marginalized youth more effectively negotiate educational and vocational barriers to social mobility.

Research Publications    
2009Diemer, M.A., Wang, Q. & Dunkle, J.H. (2009). Counseling center problem checklists at academically selective institutions: Practice and measurement implications. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 23, 1-16.
2009**Diemer, M.A. & Gore, P.A. (2009). Culture and assessment: Nomothetic and idiographic considerations. Career Development Quarterly, 57, 342-347. (** indicates invited paper).
2009Diemer, M.A., Hsieh, C. & Pan, T. (2009). School and parental influences upon sociopolitical development among poor adolescents of color. The Counseling Psychologist, 37(2), 317-344.
2009*Diemer, M.A. & Ali, S.R. (2009). Integrating social class into vocational psychology: Scholarly and practice implications. Journal of Career Assessment, 17(3), 247-265. (* indicates featured article with invited commentary).
2009Diemer, M.A. (2009). Pathways to occupational attainment among poor youth of color: The role of sociopolitical development. The Counseling Psychologist, 37(1), 6-35.
2008Diemer, M.A. & Hsieh, C. (2008). Sociopolitical development and vocational expectations among lower-SES adolescents of color. Career Development Quarterly, 56(3), 257-267.
2008Diemer, M.A. (2008). Large scale survey data in career development research. Journal of Career Development, (Special issue: Innovative methodological advances in career development research and practice), 35(1), 42-59.
2007Diemer, M.A. & Blustein, D.L. (2007). Vocational hope and vocational identity: Urban adolescents’ career development. Journal of Career Assessment, 15(1), 98-118.
2007Diemer, M.A. (2007). Two worlds: African American men’s negotiation of predominantly White educational and occupational worlds. Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 35(1), 2-14.
2007Diemer, M.A. (2007). Parental and school influences upon the career development of poor Youth of Color. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 70(3), 502-524.