Karen Fraser Wyche

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Research Professor
Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Innovation Hall
45085 University Dr.
Suite 201E
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
United States
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Karen Fraser Wyche, PhD, MSW, MA, is an expert on issues related to diversity in working with and doing research in low-income and minority communities in program evaluation, the development of gender and culturally appropriate interventions, and training of service providers. In particular, Dr. Wyche investigates coping and stress responses of minority women living in difficult life circumstances, especially those living with HIV/AIDS.

Current Research

  • HIV testing in older African-American heterosexual couples


  • University of Missouri in Columbia, Doctor of Philosophy
  • University of Maryland, Master of Social Work


  • Wyche, K. F. (2016). Womanist Research. In T. Bryant-Davis & L. Comas Diaz. Womanism and mujerista psychologies (pp.29-39) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Reid, P., Lewis, L., & Wyche, K. (2013). An intersectional framework for a multicultural analysis of gender. In F. Leong, (Ed.)  Handbook of multicultural psychology Vol 1: Theory and research (pp. 379-394). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
  • Wyche, K. F. (2011). Components of multicultural knowledge and understanding:  Issues for United States Educators. Humanitarian Review, 5(48), 80-85. Perm, Prikamsky Social Institute, Russia. 
  • (Вестник НП ВПО "Прикамский социальный институт”. Научный журнал "Гуманитарное обозрение" 5 (48), 80-85. Perm, Prikamsky Social Institute, Russia).
  • Wyche, K. F., Pfefferbaum, R.L., Pfefferbaum, B., Norris, F.H, Wisnieski, D., & Younger, H. (2011). Exploring community resilience in workforce communities of first responders serving Katrina survivors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 18-30.        
  • Wyche, K. F. (2011). Commentary: Memories, reflections, and questions. In B. Greene & D. Brodbar (Eds.). A minyan of women: Family dynamics, Jewish identity, and psychotherapy practice (pp. 220-231). New York:  Taylor & Francis.


  1. Input
  2. Positivity
  3. Communication
  4. Developer
  5. Strategic


  • Fellow — Society of the Psychology of Women
  • Fellow — Society for Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow — Society for the Study of  Social Issues
  • Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service — Society for Women in Psychology
  • Carolyn Wood Sherif Award — Society for Women in Psychology