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Ivy Ho

Ivy Ho is an Associate Professor in Psychology at UMass Lowell. Dr. Ho's research focuses on health psychology and women's health issues, especially in relation to the physical health impact of trauma.
Ivy K. HoAssociate Professor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentPsychology
  • Phone(978) 934-3963

Research Interests

Health psychology, psychophysiology, victimization & women's health

Dr. Ho's research focuses on health psychology and women's health issues, especially in relation to the physical health impact of trauma. She studies how the body responds to stress in daily life and in social relationships, and how these responses might lead to long term health outcomes. She is particularly interested in learning about the difficulties trauma survivors experience within their interpersonal relationships. She is also interested in working with healthcare providers to improve mental and physical health services for women who have experienced trauma.


  • Other: Pediatric Pain Psychology (80% clinical, 20% research), (2006), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center - Cincinnati, OH
  • Ph D: Health Psychology, (2004), University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
    Supporting Area: *clinical internship: Medical Psychology specialty track, University of Florida (Health Science Center)
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Emotional and Cognitive Processing of Interpersonal Stress among Women with Victimization Histories
  • MA: Clinical Psychology, (1999), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs, CO
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Injury Prevention Practice among Parents of preschool-Aged Children
  • BA: Psychology, (1996), University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Award, Department of Psychology, Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Division on Women Award (2011) - Asian American Psychological Association Annual Convention
  • Young Investigator's Travel Award (2004) - American Pain Society
  • Graduate Fellowship Award (1999) - University of Louisville
  • Psi Chi, International Honors Society in Psychology (1994) - Psi Chi


  • Kaskan, E.R., Ho, I.K. (2016) "Microaggressions and female athletes.," Sex Roles 74:7-8 pp. 275 - 287
  • Ho, I.K., Dinh, K.T., Smith, S.A. (2015) "Intimate partner violence and physical health outcomes among Southeast Asian American women," Journal of Health Psychology
  • Kaskan, Emily R., Ho,Ivy K.,, . (2014) "Microaggressions and Female Athletes," Sex Roles 2
  • Dinh, K.T., HOLMBERG, M.D., Ho, I.K., Haynes, M.C. (2014) "The Relationship of Prejudicial Attitudes to Psychological, Social, and Physical Well-being within a Sample of College Students in the United States," Journal of cultural diversity 21:2 pp. 56-66
  • Ho, I.K., Dinh, K.T., Bellefontaine, S.A., Irving, A.L. (2012) "Sexual harassment and posttraumatic stress symptoms among Asian and white women," Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma 21:(1) pp. 95-113
  • Ho, I.K., Dinh, K.T. (2011) "Cervical cancer screening among Southeast Asian American Women," Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 13:(1) pp. 49-60
  • Ho, I.K., Dinh, K.T. (2011) "Erratum: Cervical cancer screening among southeast Asian American Women (Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health DOI: 10.1007/s10903-010-9358-0)," Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 13:(2) pp. 413
  • Ho, I.K. (2010) "Crossing Borders: International Women Students in American Higher Education," Psychology of Women Quarterly 34:(3)
  • Ho, I.K. (2010) "Self-understanding among Chinese international women students.," Psychology of Women Quarterly 34:3 pp. 427 - 428
  • Ho, I.K., Dinh, K.T., Zhan, L. (2009) "Mentoring Asian students toward the health professions. Asian American voices: Engaging, empowering, enabling," pp. 77-90
  • Dinh, K.T., Weinstein, T.L., Kim, S.Y., Ho, I.K. (2008) "Acculturative and psychosocial predictors of academic-related outcomes among Cambodian American high school students," Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement 3: pp. 1-23
  • Ho, I.K., Goldschneider, K., Kashikar-Zuck, S., Katogal, U., Jones, B. (2008) "Healthcare utilization and indirect burden among families of pediatric patients with chronic pain," Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain 16: pp. 155-164
  • Newton, T.L., Ho, I.K. (2008) "Posttraumatic stress symptoms and emotional experience in women: Emotion occurrence, intensity, and variability in the natural environment," Journal of Psychological Trauma 7: pp. 276-297
  • Newton, T.L., Parker, B.C., Ho, I.K. (2005) "Ambulatory cardiovascular functioning in healthy postmenopausal women with victimization histories," Biological psychology 70: pp. 121-130
  • Sephton, S., Studts, J.L., Weissbecker, I., Lynch, G., Hoover, K., Ho, I.K., McGuffin, S., Salmon, P. (2003) "Biological and psychological factors contributing to memory impairment in fibromyalgia syndrome," Health Psychology 22: pp. 592-597
  • Berry, D.T., Cimino, C.R., Chong, N.K., Lavelle, S.N., Ho, I.K., Morse, T.L. (2001) "MMPI-2 fake-bad scales: An attempted cross-validation of proposed cutting scores for outpatients," Journal of personality assessment 76: pp. 296-314

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Predictors of adult Bhutanese refugees’ mental health outcomes: A survey study in the northeastern United States (), Grant - Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives, 2017 Community Health Initiatives grant
    Gautam, R., Mawn, B., Ho, I.K.
  • Collaborative Research: Institutional Networks and Continuous Learning to UnDo E (2012), Grant -
    Ho, I.K. (Co-Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Institutional Networks and Continuous Learning to UnDo effects of Micro-inequities on Women (INCLUDE-Women) (2012), Grant - National Science Foundation
  • "Do you understand English?" Exploring Physiological & Psychological Responses to Identity Denial among U.S. born Asians (2011), Grant - Research, Scholarship and Creative Work Seed Grants
  • Contraception among Southeast Asian Americans: An Exploration of Factors and Themes (2010), Grant - research, Scholarship and Creative Work Seed Grant
  • Sexual Harassment among Asian Female Students in Higher Education (2009), Grant - Council on Research and Scholarship
  • Recruitment and Retention of Cambodian Americans Majoring in Psychology (2007), Grant - American Psychological Association
  • Psychophysiological Correlates of Stress (2007), Grant - School of Health and Environment
  • Sexual Harassment and Interpersonal Functioning (2007), Grant - Scholarly Research Forum
    Ho, I.K.