Erin Toolis

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Job title: 

Assistant Professor, Social Psychology

E-mail: 

toolise@oldwestbury.edu

Building: 

New Academic Building

Courses taught: 

  • PY 4200 Research Design & Analysis II
  • PY 5510 Advanced Issues in Social Psychology

Education: 

Degrees:

  • 2019 Postdoc Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance - University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2018 Ph.D. in Social Psychology - University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2015 M.S. in Social Psychology - University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2011 M.A. in Social Sciences - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
  • 2008 B.S. in Psychology - Denison University, Granville, OH.

Certifications:

  • 2018 Certificate in Effective College Instruction from the Association of College and University Educators and the American Council on Education

Research interests: 

Dr. Toolis’ program of research integrates theories from community psychology, environmental psychology, and narrative psychology to study social inequality and exclusion with the goal of improving programs, institutions, and policies. Her first line of work examines dominant narratives and attitudes about poverty and homelessness in the U.S., and how the stories of individuals experiencing economic hardship challenge these narratives. Her second line of work investigates how public spaces, programs, and policies can facilitate civic engagement and reduce barriers to access and participation for marginalized community members.

Select publications & presentations: 

Publications:

[11] Bullock, H.E., Toolis, E.E., Cadenas, M.T. & Sencion, B. (2019). The high price of economic marginalization: Low-income Latinas’ experiences with mainstream banking and predatory lending services. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (Manuscript In Press).

[10] Hammack, P.L., Toolis, E.E., Clark, R., Frost, D.M. & Wilson, B.D.M. (2019). Multi-generational perspectives on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men in the United States: A national qualitative study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(4), 1041–1058.

[9] Bullock, H.E., Griffin, K., Kent, A. & Toolis, E.E. (2018).Translating psychological perspectives on understanding socioeconomic status and social class. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 4(2), 119-121.

[8] Toolis, E.E. (2017). Theorizing critical placemaking as a tool for reclaiming public space. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59(1-2), 184-199.

[7] Hammack, P.L. & Toolis, E.E. (2016). Putting the social into personal identity: The master narrative as root metaphor for psychological and developmental science. Human Development, 58(6), 350-364.

[6] Toolis, E.E. & Hammack, P.L. (2015). “This is my community”: Reproducing and resisting boundaries of exclusion in contested public spaces. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56(3), 368-382.

[5] Toolis, E.E., & Hammack, P.L. (2015). The lived experience of homeless youth: A narrative approach. Qualitative Psychology, 2(1), 50-68.

[4] Hammack, P. L. & Toolis, E.E. (2014). Narrative and the social construction of adulthood. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2014(145), 43-56.

[3] Weis, R. & Toolis, E.E. (2010). Parenting across cultural contexts in the USA: assessing parenting behavior in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse sample. Early Child Development and Care, 180(7), 849-867.

[2] Weis, R. & Toolis, E.E. (2009). Evaluation of a voluntary, military-style residential treatment program for youths with conduct problems: Six- and thirty-six-month outcomes. Psychological Services, 6, 139-153.

[1] Weis, R., Toolis, E.E. & Cerankosky, B. (2008). Construct validity of the Rotter Incomplete Sentences Blank (RISB): Evidence from clinic-referred and nonreferred adolescents. Journal of Personality Assessment, 90, 564-573.

Books/Chapters:

[3] Hammack, P.L. & Toolis, E.E. (2019). The dialogic development of personality: Narrative, culture, and the study of lives. In D. P. McAdams, R. Shiner, & J.L. Tackett (Eds.), Handbook of personality development. New York: Guilford.

[2] Hammack, P. & Toolis, E E. (2015). Identity, politics, and the cultural psychology of adolescence. In L. Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of human development and culture: An interdisciplinary perspective (pp. 296-409). Oxford University Press.

[1] Weis, R. & Toolis, E.E. (2007). Military-style residential treatment for disruptive adolescents: A critical review and look to the future. In T. C. Rhodes (Ed.), Focus on Adolescent Behavior Research (pp. 75-118). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Presentations:

[25] Singh, M., Toolis, E.E. & Bullock, H.E. (2019). College Students' Experiences of Housing Precarity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association; Chicago, IL.

[24] Bullock, H. E. & Toolis, E.E. (2019). “Think Local First:” Leveraging Findings from Community-Engaged Scholarship for Change. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; San Diego, CA.

[23] Bullock, H E. & Toolis, E.E. (2018). “Mamás con Más: Low-Income Latinx Mothers’ Experiences with Mainstream Banking and Alternative Financial Services.” Presentation delivered to Santa Cruz community; University of California, Santa Cruz.

[22] Toolis, E.E. & Bullock, H E. (2018). “Mamás Con Más: Challenging the High Price of Economic Marginalization.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association; San Francisco, CA.

[21] Bullock, H.E. & Toolis, E.E. (2018). Voices Heard: Raising Awareness of Economic Hardship and Community Assets.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Pittsburgh, PA.

[20] Toolis, E. E. (2018). “Evaluation of placemaking processes and suggestions to reduce barriers to access in the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.” Presentation delivered to staff at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History; Santa Cruz, CA.

[19] Hammack, P.L., Toolis, E.E., Wilson, B.D.M., Clark, R. & Frost, D.M. (2018). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association; San Jose, CA.

[18] Bullock, H.E. & Toolis, E.E. (2018). Research with impact: Partnering for economic justice at UCSC’s Blum Center. Community Engaged Research Institute (CERI). Watsonville, CA.

[17] De la Garza, M.E., Austerlic, S., Bullock, H.E. & Toolis, E.E. (2017). “Community action plan: Voices heard.” Workshop delivered at the California Community Action Partnership Association [CalCAPA] Annual Conference; Long Beach, CA

[16] Toolis, E.E. (2017). “Museums as sites of social change: Exploring processes of placemaking and barriers to access and participation for underrepresented communities.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Albuquerque, NM.

[15] Toolis, E E. & Bullock, H.E. (2017). “Combatting Predatory Lending through a Community-University Partnership.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Albuquerque, NM.

[14] Bullock, H.E., Reppond, H.A. & Toolis, E.E. (2017). “Reducing food insecurity on college campuses.” Interactive discussion led at the annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Albuquerque, NM.

[13] Toolis, E.E. (2016). “Theorizing critical placemaking as a tool for reclaiming public space.” Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Minneapolis, MN.

[12] Toolis, E.E. (2016). “Surveying tips.” Training delivered to gallery hosts at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History; Santa Cruz, CA.

[11] Toolis, E.E. (2016). “Abbott Square assessment.” Presentation delivered to staff at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History; Santa Cruz, CA.

[10] Toolis, E.E. & Hammack, P.L. (2015). “‘This is my community’: Reproducing and resisting boundaries of exclusion in contested public spaces.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology; New York City, NY.

[9] Toolis, E.E. & Hammack, P.L. (2014). “Whose streets? Stories about community, contested spaces, and homelessness.” Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Portland, OR.

[8] Toolis, E.E. & Hammack, P.L. (2014). “Making the invisible visible: Hope as resistance in the narratives of homeless youth.” Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Portland, OR.

[7] Dutt, A.N., Toolis, E.E. & Kohfeldt, D. (2014). “Navigating the field: Strategies for gaining access and building partnerships.” Interactive discussion led at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Portland, OR.

[6] Toolis, E.E., Issa, K., Keachie, H., Mughal, U. & Richmond, D. (2011). Presented workshop on interfaith action and spoke in plenary session on behalf of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation at Education Without Borders; Dubai, UAE

[5] McGill, C. & Toolis, E.E. (2010). Delivered presentation about eradicating extreme poverty through interfaith action at the Millennium Campus Network Conference; Columbia University, New York City, NY.

[4] Toolis, E.E., Issa, K., Keachie, H., Mughal, U., Myers, K. & Richmond, D. (2009). Led a workshop and facilitated a plenary session at Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

[3] Weis, R. & Toolis, EE. (2008). “Parenting across cultural contexts: Parenting behavior and children's outcomes in African-American, Latino, and White families.” Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association; Chicago, IL.

[2] Toolis, E.E., & Weis, R. (2008). “The relative effects of socioeconomic status and ethnicity on parenting behavior in a high-risk sample.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association; Chicago, IL

[1] Toolis, E.E., & Weis, R. (2007). “Efficacy of military-style residential treatment on youth with Conduct Disorder: Three prospective, randomized clinical trials.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association; Chicago, IL

Posters:

[3] Toolis, E.E., Clark, R., Hammack, P.L., Frost, D.M. & Wilson, B.D.M. (2017). “Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention among three cohorts of gay and bisexual men.” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

[2] Toolis, E.E., Dingus, T.M. & Weis, R. (2007). “Factor structure of the Parent Behavior Inventory (PBI) in a diverse sample of mothers.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Association for Psychological Science; Washington, D.C.

[1] Dingus, T.M., Toolis, E.E., Cerankosky, B.C. & Weis, R. (2007). “The Rotter Incomplete Sentences Blank shows construct validity with clinically-referred adolescents.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Association for Psychological Science; Washington, D.C.