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Family Research Scholar 2004-05
Richard Tessler's research covers social psychology, mental health, and childhood. He is the senior author of The Chronically Mentally Ill: Assessing Community Support Programs and West Meets East: Americans Adopt Chinese Children ( Bergin and Garvey, 1999). Among his numerous publications are: Family Experiences With Mental Illness (Tessler and Gamache, Auburn House, 2000); Effects of Bi-Cultural Socialization on Self Formation in Middle Childhood: A Longitudinal Study of Children Adopted from China, and Overrepresentation of Women Veterans Among Homeless Women, (Gail Gamache, PhD, Robert Rosenheck, MD and Richard Tessler, PhD, July 2003, Vol. 93, No. 7, American Journal of Public Health 1132-11). Tessler's research has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, from the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and Johann Jacobs Foundation. As a Family Research Scholar, Tessler proposed a follow-up to a large group of families with children from China. He planned to compare Chinese adoptees in America with second and third generation Chinese-American children. A focus of the research is to better understand bicultural socialization processes and how children's families help them cope with prejudice and discrimination.