Dr. Vivian Dzokoto
Clinical-Community Psychology, PhD (2005)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr Dzokoto has two parallel lines of research:
(1) The Cultural Grounding and Drivers of Money Behaviors (e.g. saving, spending, investing) and the adoption and failure of different forms of payment (e.g. new currencies, fintech) in developing economies.
(2) The Cultural Grounding of Affect and Psychopathology In West African Settings (e.g. cultural factors and norms shaping the communication (lexicon, proverbs, facial expression), experience, and regulation of affect; cultural factors influencing the understanding, labelling, treatment, and management of mental illness).
Other areas of interest include wellbeing, cultural clinical psychology, anxiety disorders, multicultural competencies in psychotherapy, cross-cultural transitions, and intercultural communication.
Dr Dzokoto is a Cultural Psychologist who specializes in African populations and African ways of being in the world.
Dzokoto, V. & Asante, R. & Aggrey, J. K. (2016). Money That Isn’t: A Qualitative Examination of the Adoption of the 1 Pesewa Coin and Biometric Payment Cards in Ghana. Ghana Studies 19, 3-34.
Dzokoto, V, Mensah, C., & Opare-Henaku, A. (2011). A bird, a crocodile, and a 21st century cowrie shell: Analyzing Ghana's Currency Change. Journal of Black Studies. 42 (5). 715-732.
Dzokoto, V., Young, J, & Mensah, E.C. (2010). A tale of two Cedis: Making sense of a new currency in Ghana. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31, 520–526.
Dzokoto V. A., Osei-Tutu, A., Kyei J.J., Twum-Asante M., Attah, D.A. and Ahorsu, D.K. (2018). Emotion Norms, Display Rules, and Regulation in the Akan Society of Ghana: An Exploration Using Proverbs. Front. Psychol. 9:1916.
Dzokoto, V., Senft, N., Kpobi, L., & Washington-Nortey, P. (2016). Their Hands Have Lost Their Bones: Exploring Cultural Scripts in Two West African Affect Lexica. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 45(6), 1473-1497.
Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Dzokoto, V. (2014). Listen to your heart: The cultural shaping of interoceptive awareness and accuracy. Emotion, 14 (4), 666-678.
Dzokoto, V. (2010). Different ways of feeling: Emotion and somatic awareness in Ghanaians and Euroamericans. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 4(2): 68-78.
Wellbeing, Relationships, and Mental Health
Dzokoto, V. A. (2020). Adwenhoasem: An Akan Theory of Mind. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (Incorporating Man) 26 (S1), 77-94.
Affram, A. A., Osei-Tutu, A., & Dzokoto, V. A. (2020). Conflict Handling in Ghanaian In-law Relationships: Implications for Face Concerns. Journal of Family Communication, 20 (4), 285-297. DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2020.1822845
Osei-Tutu, A., Dzokoto, V. A., & Affram, A. A. (2019). Common presenting problems in religious lay counselling practice in Ghana. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 22:8, 819-831, DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2019.1666096
Recent Research Collaborations
Mental Illness in the African Diaspora; African Americans in Paris; Culture and Psychology; Senior Seminar in African American Studies; Interdisciplinary Research Methods.