Associate professor Craig Nagoshi received his Ph.D. in Human Variability Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1984. His recent research interests have focused on the nature of gender identity and how this relates to the bases of gender-based prejudice, which can act to define and disempower women, in general, and also lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual individuals. He also continues his longstanding interest in the psychological and social bases of alcohol and other drug use and abuse. Another continuing line of research has focused on religiosity/spirituality’s relationships with psychological and social functioning.
Dr. Nagoshi arrives at the Department of Psychology after 24 years as an assistant and associate professor in the Social Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Prior to this, he worked two years as a staff fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Addiction Research Center in Baltimore, where he researched the psychological characteristics of illegal drug users and was involved in pharmacological studies of intravenous cocaine responses. His postdoctoral training at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado in Boulder involved researching the genetic/environmental bases of responses to alcohol, as well as the genetic/environmental bases of cognitive abilities.