Joseph H. Hammer, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and members of the Help-seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab study the factors that promote or block people from seeking behavioral healthcare when they have a mental health concern. They are currently conducting a number of survey studies, including studies on:
- how stigma and lack of trust can stop people from seeking psychological help from their primary care physician
- factors that help people with relationship distress seek couples counseling
- the accessibility of talk therapy for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and
- barriers to seeking behavioral healthcare among substance using college students, among others.