Yves Labissiere is a social psychologist who works to understand how race, identity, language, difference, power and privilege play a role in education and health systems. His aim is to develop strategies that heal and empower individuals and transform systems.
He has studied the health effects of gentrification and residential displacement on black men in Portland, and has worked on curriculum for Portland State University’s EXITO program, which works to build infrastructure to support underrepresented students interested in the health sciences. He works on a project with the Portland Police Bureau to test how positive police-community interactions might help address crime and build trust. He is also working on a new project with Portland police to better understand how police work with, or could better work with, mental health professionals when they encounter calls that involve people who may need mental health help.
B.A., Yale University, 1987
Ph.D., University of California, 1996
- 2014-2017. National Institutes of Health Build: EXITO, Co-Investigator
- 2014-2016. Portland Police Bureau Neighborhood Involvement Locations (NI-Loc) Project: Community Assessment Survey, Portland (OR) Police Bureau, $150,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
- 2014 Oregon Gear Up: College Ahead Program Grant (CAP), $62,500, Co-Principle Investigator.
- 2014-2019. Oregon Gear Up: Mobilizing for College Partnership, $569,600, Co-Principle Investigator.
- 2014. Cambia Health Foundation: Creating Trust Infrastructure for Emerging Workforce (Community Health Workers) $250,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
- 2013. Oregon Community Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Grant–Portland State University– Roosevelt High School, Co-principle Investigator.
- Department of Health and Human Services—President Faith Based Initiative–Compassion Capital Fund Research Program, Comparing Faith Based and Community based treatment services among Latino Immigrants and African-Americans in Miami (2002-2004), $210,662 Co-Principle Investigator.
- Faculty Development Grant–PSU Foundation–Portland State University–Understanding the effects of gentrification and Health $9,000, Co-Principle Investigator.