Danielle Godon-Decoteau


  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

Areas of Study


  • BS, Bryant University, 2007

  • AM, Mount Holyoke College, 2012

  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2018


I am a clinical psychologist. My research explores racism, culture, and Asian American mental health. One facet of my work examines the complexities of race and ethnic culture through the lens of transracial international adoption. I ask questions such as: How do transracial adoptees identify? To what extent do Asian American adoptees feel a sense of belonging amongst their birth and adoptive communities? My other line of research is rooted in a growing literature that suggests anti-Asian American racism can be qualitatively unique. I hope to understand: How do Asian Americans perceive and make sense of racism? How does internalized racism relate to Asian American mental health? Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are used in my research. I aim to understand diverse populations in their sociocultural, historical, and political contexts and produce scholarship that promotes social justice.

  • Suyemoto, K. L., Abdullah, T., Godon-Decoteau, D., Tahirkheli, N. N., Arbid, N., & Frye, A. A. (2022). Development of the Resistance and Empowerment Against Racism (REAR) Scale. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 28, 58-71. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000353

  • Godon-Decoteau, D. & Ramsey, P. G., (2020). Transracial adoptees: The rewards and challenges of searching for their birth families. In G. M. Wrobel, E. Helder, & E. Marr (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Adoption (pp. 238-252). Routledge International Handbooks.

  • Godon-Decoteau, D., & Ramsey, P. G. (2018). Positive and negative aspects of transracial adoption from the perspectives of Korean transracially and internationally adopted individuals. Adoption Quarterly, 21, 17-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926755.2017.1387209

  • Godon-Decoteau, D., Ramsey, P. G., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2018). Korean transnational and transracial adoptees: Ethnic identity and sense of belonging and exclusion in relation to birth and adoptive groups. Identity, 18, 178-194. https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2018.1487299

  • Day, S. C., Godon-Decoteau, D., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2015). Effects of becoming a mother on the development of ethnic and racial identities in Korean transnationally and transracially adopted women. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 359-370. https://doi.org/10.1037/aap0000028

  • Godon, D. E., Green, W., & Ramsey, P. G. (2014). Transracial adoptees: The search for birth family and the search for self, Adoption Quarterly, 17, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926755.2014.875087

Fall 2022

Abnormal Psychology — PSYC 214
Seminar in Asian American Psychology — PSYC 412
Teaching Assistant — PSYC 500
Practicum in Psychology — PSYC 501
Supervised Research in Psychology — PSYC 510F
Supervised Research in Psychology — PSYC 510H
Senior Portfolio — PSYC 599

Spring 2023

Abnormal Psychology — PSYC 214
Advanced Methods in Racism and Asian American Mental Health — PSYC 310
Teaching Assistant — PSYC 500
Practicum in Psychology — PSYC 501
Supervised Research in Psychology - Full — PSYC 510F
Supervised Research in Psychology - Half — PSYC 510H
Senior Portfolio — PSYC 599
Senior Portfolio - Half — PSYC 599H