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Janelle Peifer
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Janelle S. Peifer is a licensed clinical psychologist.Dr. Peifer’s research examines intra- and inter-cultural processes of college students’ intercultural competence development. As an active clinician and clinical researcher, she also examines the intersection of trauma and identity. Her recent publications focus on topics related to college students intercultural competence development, short-term study abroad, and assessment in global learning. She has also traveled with students to conduct community-engaged research in Panama, Peru and Nicaragua.


Peifer, J. S. & Taasoobshirazi, G. (2021). Heightened cognitive empathy and intercultural competence for individuals with historically marginalized identities [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Department of Psychology, University of Richmond.

Peifer, J. S., Meyer-Lee, E. &  Taasoobshirazi, G. (2021). Developmental pathways to intercultural competence in college students.  [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Department of Psychology, University of Richmond.

Peifer, J. S., Bradley, E., &  Taasoobshirazi, G. (2021). Pilot testing a brief partner-inclusive hybrid intervention for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).  [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Department of Psychology, University of Richmond.

Peifer, J. S. & Meyer-Lee, E. (2020). Centering culture in intercultural competence development assessment. Global Impact Exchange, Summer 2020, pp 24-26.

Peifer, J. S. (2019). Context and reasons for bolstering diversity in undergraduate research. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 336. 

Peifer, J. S. & Lawrence, E. C. (2018). Individual characteristics and institutional opportunities for college women’s intercultural competence NAFSA Research Symposium Series, 2.

Kapoor, S., Domingue, H. K., Watson, N. N., Are, F., Elmore, C., Crooks, C. L., Madden, A., Mack, S. A., Peifer, J. S., & Kaslow, N. J. (2018). Childhood abuse, intrapersonal strength, and suicide resilience in african american females who attempted suicide. Journal of Family Violence, 33.

Peifer, J. S. & Yangchen, T. (2017). Exploring cultural identity, personality, and social exposure correlates to college women’s intercultural competence. SAGE Open, 7(2).

Peifer, J. S., Chamber, K. C., & Meyer-Lee, E. (2017). Examining the role of structural diversity in intercultural competence. International Research and Review, 7(1).

Peifer, J. S., Lawrence, E. C., Williams, J. L., & Leyton-Armakan, J. (2016). The culture of mentoring: Ethnocultural empathy and ethnic identity in mentoring for minority girls. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(3).


Graml, G., Meyer-Lee, E., & Peifer, J. S. (2020). Decolonizing global learning and internationalization: A human-scale case study of innovation. In G. Malfatti (Ed.), People-Centered Approaches toward the Internationalization of Higher Education. IGI Global Publishing.

Peifer, J. S. & Meyer-Lee, E. (2019). Getting beyond ‘It changed my life’: Critical assessment of out-there transformation.  In D. Curran, C. Owens, H. Thorson, & E. Vibert (Eds.), Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs (pp. 181-201). University of Toronto Press. 

Peifer, J. S. & Meyer-Lee, E. (2017). Global learning at agnes scott college. In D. Deardorff and L. Arasaratnam-Smith (Eds.) Intercultural Competence in International Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment, and Application (pp. 260-272). New York: Routledge.

Peifer, J. S. & Meyer-Lee, E. (2017). Program design for intercultural development. In S. Spencer & K. Tuma (Eds.), The Guide to Successful Short-Term Programs Abroad (3rd ed., pp. 116-127). NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Clinical and School Psychology
B.A., Wake Forest University
Contact Information
Room G-06A Richmond Hall
804-287-1905 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
College Student Development
Identity and Intercultural Competence
Trauma and Resilience