Faculty Profile (last updated 12/09)

                                                         Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D
Dept. of Psychology

Psychology 723



• Ph.D.: Michigan State University, 2000, Clinical Psychology 
• M.A.: Michigan State University, 1996 
• B.A.:  University of Pennsylvania, 1992 
Came to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in:

Professional History

1/05 - present    Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
8/00 - 5/04        Assistant Professor, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 
8/99 - 8/00        Doctoral Intern: MSU Counseling Center, East Lansing, MI 
6/97 - 12/98      Instructor,  Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 
8/96 - 5/97        Instructor, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI

Teaching Interests

I am a clinical psychologist, but my primary teaching (and research) interests are in race and culture. I teach the Psychology of Race and Ethnicity in the Fall semester and Theories of Psychotherapy in the Spring. In addition, I am currently supervising the graduate students in the department who are teaching Abnormal Psychology.

At one time or another, I have taught Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Ethnic Conflict, Child Psychopathology, Introduction to Psychology, and an interdisciplinary course on the Holocaust (co-taught with a religion historian). I have also taught applied workshops on using SAS, a statistics application used by many social scientists. 

I also have an interest in restorative justice systems and intend to develop a course (or a graduate student practicum) on this topic in the near future.

Research Interests

For the past 10 years, I have been interested in exploring factors and conditions associated with changes in beliefs about race, ethnicity, and nationalism.  To that end, I have been studying how acculturation strategies and cultural involvement affect psychological adjustment and core beliefs in immigrant and minority populations (detailed descriptions and short research reports can be found on my research homepage). At the present time, I am immersing myself in learning about restorative justice systems and intend to make these systems (and their effectiveness in addressing racial and other types of conflict) the primary focus of my research in the near future.

Recent Research Publications


Ben-Rafael, E., Lyubansky, M., Glockner, O., Harris, P., Schoeps, J., Israel, Y., & Jasper, W. (2006). Building a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany, and the USA. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.

Shpungin, E. & Lyubansky, M. (2006). Navigating social class roles in community research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 227-235.

Lyubansky, M. & Eidelson, R.J. (2005). Revisiting Du Bois: African American double consciousness and its relationship to beliefs about one's racial and national groups. Journal of Black Psychology, 31, 3-26.

Lambert, M.C., Rowan, G.T., Lyubansky, M., & Russ, C.M. (2002). Do Problems of Clinic-Referred African-American Children Overlap with the Child Behavior Checklist? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 11(3), 271-285.

Current Projects

I am, for the moment, deliberately between research projects, trying to focus my energy this year (2009/10) on the building of a restorative justice system in the local community that can, among other things, be used for the purpose of racial healing. If we can get this off the ground, I hope that studying the effectiveness of this system under different conditions will become my new interest focus.

My recent research activity is summarized below: More details about each project are available on my research homepage.

Paul Harris, William Baker, Cameron Lippard, and I recently collected data from a sample of documented and undocumented undocumented Latino/Chicano migrants in Georgia. We are writing up those findings now.

I recently completed a series of studies with Roy Eidelson, executive director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, and other colleagues examining race group differences in beliefs Americans have about their racial group and their national group (see results summary), and the extent to which these beliefs explain attitudes and behaviors associated with group conflict.

A book I co-wrote with Paul Harris and several immigration researchers in Germany and Israel titled "Building a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany and the USA" was published in 2006. In this book, we described quantitative and qualitative data we gathered on the social and linguistic integration of well over 1000 Russian speaking Jews in the three most common countries of destination and idenitfied factors associated with immigrant engagement in the host country's Jewish community (see project homepage).

Popular writing

In addition to academic writing, I also like to write for a general audience about psychology in popular culture.

       Lyubansky, M. (in press).  Are the fangs real? Vampires as racial metaphor in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.  In L. Wilson (Ed.). Ardeur. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books. 

       Lyubansky, M. (2008).  How group prejudice forms and other race-related lessons from the Xavier Institute.  In R. Rosenberg (Ed.). The psychology of superheroes: An unauthorized exploration. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books. 

       Lyubansky, M. (in press).  Buffy’s Search for Meaning.  In J. Davidson (Ed.). The psychology of Joss Whedon: An unauthorized exploration. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books.

       Lyubansky, M. (2007). Harry Potter and the word that shall not be named. In N. Mulholland (Ed.). The psychology of Harry Potter: An unauthorized examination of the boy who lived. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books.

       Lyubansky, M. (2007). A few laps around the non-tenure track. In R. Eidelson, J. Laske, & L. Cherfas (Eds.). Peacemaker 101: Careers confronting conflict. Philadelphia, PA: Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict.

Hobbies and favorite things

Playing and watching basketball (and occassionally other sports); watching movies; reading science fiction; exploring the web. 

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