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Kaori Kubo Germano

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

As an Applied Developmental Psychologist I am concerned with conducting quality research to inform social policies, which in turn promote positive developmental outcomes for communities.  My role is to promote the application of research findings to effect changes in current social policy, educational programs, and developmental assessments. 

More About Me

I truly believe that my happiness would not be possible without my beagles, playing golf under the bright summer sun, good books, bad television, long dinners with good friends, and the company of my husband and daughter

Research Interests

My main research focus is on the relationship between Spanish-English bilingualism* and cognitive development and decline; I am interested in research that focuses on the bilingual individual and areas related to research concerning the bilingual individual.

My secondary research focus is on the development of moral reasoning abilities and its relation with moral behaviors; I am particularly interested in factors that contribute to both moral reasoning and moral behavior.

I have recently become interested in a separate but related line of research which focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to engaging underrepresented minority (URM) students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.  Despite the growing population of African American and Latino individuals in the U.S., these groups are grossly underrepresented in the STEM fields, which may have implications for members of these populations in terms of their feelings of civic, social, and other types of engagement with the greater society.  This disparity must be addressed if we are to remain globally competitive as a united nation working together to achieve success.  A primary goal of this research focus is to design and implement intervention programs designed to promote success in the STEM fields for currently underrepresented minorities.

* I focus on Spanish-English bilingualism because of the prevalence of Spanish-English bilinguals in the United States population (12.2%, more than the three other major language groups combined).  Further, Latinos are the largest and fastest growing racial/ethnic minority group in the U.S. and will account for an estimated 29% of the population by 2050 (Passel & D’Vera, 2008).  I believe that Spanish-English bilingualism will become increasingly prevalent, not just in the Latino population, but also in the non-Latino white population.  It is also my hope that targeted research on the potential benefits of bilingualism will help to eliminate the social stigma attached with Spanish-English bilingualism in particular as a marker for immigrant status. 

Representative Courses

Psychology of Personality

Cognitive Development

Program Evaluation

Behavioral Statistics

Research Methods I: Statistics and Design

Research Methods II: Application and Integration

Publications

Arentoft, A., Byrd, D., Robbins, R., Monzones, J., Miranda, C., Rosario, A., Crotty, K., Fuentes, A., Kubo Germano, K., D’Aquila, E., Sheynin, J., Fraser, F., Morgello, S., & Rivera Mindt, M. (2012). Multidimensional effects of acculturation on neuropsychological functioning among HIV+ Latina/o adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34(8): 814-825.

Dierker, L., Cooper, J.L., Singer-Freeman, K., Germano, K., Woods, K., & Rose, J. (submitted). Evaluating Impact: A comparison of learning experiences and outcomes of students completing a traditional versus multidisciplinary, project-based introductory statistics course. Journal of Statistics Education.

Fisher, C.B., Fried, A. L., Goodman, S.J., & Kubo Germano, K. (2009). Measures of mentoring, department climate, and graduate student preparedness in the responsible conduct of psychological research. Ethics and Behavior, 19, 227-252.

Rivera Mindt, M., Arentoft, A., Kubo Germano, K., D’Aquila, E., Scheiner, D., Pizzirusso, M., Sandoval, T.C., & Gollan, T. (2008). Neuropsychological, cognitive and theoretical considerations for evaluation of bilingual individuals. Neuropsychology Review, 18, 255-268.

Rivera Mindt, M., Byrd, D., Ryan, E., Robbins, R., Monzones, J., Arentoft, A., Kubo Germano, K., Henninger, D., & Morgello, S. for the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank (2008). Characterization and sociocultural predictors of neuropsychological test performance in HIV+ Hispanic Individuals. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 315-325.

Rivera Mindt, M., Robbins, R., Byrd, D., Berg, K., Arentoft, A., D’Aquila, E., Kubo Germano, K., Scheiner, D., Polowetsky, F., Ryan, E., & Morgello, S. for the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank (in preparation). Antiretroviral adherence in HIV-infected adults: The effects of Hispanic ethnicity, neurocognitive function, reading level, and socioeconomic status.

Presentations / Conferences

Fiore, J., & Kubo Germano, K. (2016). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and moral reasoning. Presented at the Purchase College School of Natural and Social Sciences 35th Annual Student Research Symposium, Purchase, NY.

Schulz, C., & Kubo Germano, K. (2015). The effect of stereotype threat on executive functioning in Spanish-English bilinguals living in the U.S. Poster presented at the Purchase College School of Natural and Social Sciences 34th Annual Student Research Symposium, Purchase, NY.

White, C., & Kubo Germano, K. (2014). Identifying barriers for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Presented at the Purchase College School of natural and Social Sciences 34th Annual Student Research Symposium, Purchase, NY.

Grant, S., & Kubo Germano, K. (2014). The relationship between moral reasoning and executive functioning across the lifespan. Poster presented at the Purchase College School of Natural and Social Sciences 33rd Annual Student Research Symposium, Purchase, NY.

Knipscher, E., & Kubo Germano, K. (2014). Effect of age of acquisition of a second language on executive functioning: An EEG study. Presented at the Purchase College School of natural and Social Sciences 33rd Annual Student Research Symposium, Purchase, NY.

Scheiner, D., Rivera Mindt, M., Arentoft, A., Kubo Germano, K., Fellows, R., D’Aquila, E., Morgello, S., & Byrd, D. (2008, October). Polysubstance abuse and cognition in an HIV+ sample: no effect of substance use disorder diagnosis load. Poster presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology 28th Annual Conference, New York, NY. [Award-winning presentation]

Kubo Germano, K., Guerrero, J.C., D’Aquila, E., Arentoft, A., Byrd, D., Morgello, S., & Rivera-Mindt, M. (2008, August). The Role of Bilingualism in Neuropsychological Test Performance among HIV+ Hispanics. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association 116th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

Fisher, C.B., Fried, A.L., Goodman, S.A., & Kubo-Germano, K. (2008, August). Measures of Graduate Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association 116th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

Fisher, C.B., Fried, A.L., Goodman, S.A., & Kubo-Germano, K. (2007, May). Assessing Graduate Training in the Responsible Conduct of Psychological Research. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 19th Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Fisher, C.B., Fried, A.L., Goodman, S.A., & Kubo-Germano, K. (2006, December). Mentoring the Responsible Conduct of Research. Paper presented at the Office of Research Integrity annual conference. Tampa, FL.

Kubo-Germano, K., Zook, N.A., & Needham, B. (2006, May). A Comparison of the Tower of London-Revised and Ward and Allport Tower Task. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 18th Annual Meeting. New York, NY.