Karen Fraser Wyche PhD, MSW, MA

Research Professor

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.

  • 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


  • 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. (2018). Research engagement in 55 words: Flash Fiction. “Take the A train."  Qualitative Research in Psychology,15(2-3), 267-271 doi10.1080/4780887.2018.1462602.

  • Pfefferbaum, B., Jacobs, Al, Jones, R., Reyes, G., & Wyche, K. (2017). A skill set for supporting displaced children in psychological recovery after disasters. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19,60-68. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0814-6.

  • El-Banna, M., Tebbenhoff, B., Whitlow, M., &Wyche, K. (2017). Motivated strategies for learning in accelerated second degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education,42 (6), 308-312. doi: 10: 1097NNE0000000000000391.

  • Wyche, K. F., & Miles-Cohen, S. (2017). SES, social class, subjective social status and subjective well-being: Examples of women’s appraisals of their health and work. In C. Travis & J. White (Eds). Handbook of the psychology of women. (pp. 399-416).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Wyche, K. F. (2017). Gender socialization in women. In K. Nadal (Ed.).  The Sage encyclopedia of  psychology and gender (pp. 753-754): Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

  • 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.