Joanna Omega Shadlow


Applied Assistant Professor of PsychologyLorton Hall 302E

My primary goal is to continue providing excellence in teaching. I plan to teach undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Tulsa as well as students in the Physician Assistant program at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa (a new program in collaboration with the University of Tulsa).

My primary research interests focus on the reduction and prevention of health disparities among children and families in relation to cultural dynamics (e.g., acculturation, ethnic identity) and the impact of these health disparities on family health and functioning. The majority of my research has focused on Native American child populations. My dissertation examined hope theory among Native American children and investigated the influence of acculturative stress, acculturation level, and parental hope on reports of hope over time. My future plans are to further explore the mechanisms and obstacles by which treatments to decrease health disparities are effective and ineffective within minority populations (e.g., obesity, diabetes, oral health).

Education and Degrees Earned

  • PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 2007
  • MA, Indigenous Nations Studies, University of Kansas, 2007
  • MA, Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 2003
  • BS, Child Development Preprofessional (Minor in Psychology), Oklahoma State University, 2001

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Oklahoma State University
  • Langston University-Tulsa
  • Haskell Indian Nations University

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • CREOKS Behavioral Health Services, Tulsa, OK
  • University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Child Study Center, Little Rock, AR
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues)
  • APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology)
  • APA Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology)
  • Society of Indian Psychologists

Courses Taught at TU

  • Child Development (Psy 7703)
  • Clinical Psychology and Behavior Change (Psy 3083)
  • Developmental Psychology (Psy 3063)
  • Human Behavior (OU-Tulsa: PA Program)
  • Psychiatric Principles (OU Tulsa: PA Program)
  • Psychopathology (Psy 7153)

Awards & Recognition

  • American Indian Graduate Center Scholar
  • American Psychological Association, Minority Fellowship Program
  • Arkansas Psychological Association Graduate Student of the Year Award
  • Gates Millennium Scholar
  • Osage Higher Education Grant Recipient
  • UAMS Outstanding Psychology Intern Award
  • University of Kansas Melik Fellowship Recipient


  • Varela, R. E., Vernberg, E. M., Sanchez-Sosa, J. J., Riveros, A., Mitchell, M., & Mashunkashey, J. (2004). Anxiety reporting and culturally associated interpretation biases and cognitive schemas: A comparison of Mexican, Mexican American, and European American families. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 237-247.

  • Nelson, T., Mashunkashey, J., Mitchell, M .C., Benson, E., Vernberg, E. M., & Roberts, M. C. (in press). Description of exemplar cases in the Intensive Mental Health Program: Illustrations of application of the therapeutic model. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

  • Varela, R. E., Vernberg, E. M., Sanchez-Sosa, J. J., Riveros, A., Mitchell, M., & Mashunkashey, J. (2004). Parenting style of Mexican, Mexican American, and Caucasian Non-Hispanic families: Social context and cultural influences. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 651-657.

  • Roberts, M. C., Brown, K. J., Boles, R. E., Mashunkashey, J., & Mayes, S. (2003). Prevention of disease and injury in pediatric psychology (pp. 84-98). In M.C. Roberts (Ed). Handbook of pediatric psychology (3rd edition). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Roberts, M. C., Brown, K. J., Boles, R. E., & Mashunkashey, J. (2003). Prevention of injuries: Concepts and interventions for pediatric psychology in the schools. In R. T. Brown (Ed). Handbook of pediatric psychology in school settings (pp. 65-80). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Boles, R. E., Mashunkashey, J., & Roberts, M. C. (2003). Safety and prevention. In T. H. Ollendick & C. S. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical child and pediatric psychology (pp. 564-565). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.