Klaus Cavalhieri

Klaus Cavalhieri

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology
School of Education


Catskill 260

PhD, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Klaus Cavalhieri

Dr. Cavalhieri joined the Counseling Psychology faculty in 2022. Broadly, his research interests are on multicultural issues in psychology, with a specific focus on (a) social class and classism, (b) race and racism, and (c) sex buyers and violence against women. Dr. Cavalhieri has published on these topics in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and Psychology of Men and Masculinities, among others. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, of Division 17 of APA (Society of Counseling Psychology), and is currently a member of APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES). His advocacy efforts are focused on issues related to people who live with low-income and economic marginalization (LIEM). Dr. Cavalhieri is licensed in the state of New York, and his clinical interests are on body image and eating disorders, Gestalt-Therapy and EFT, and grief.

Teaching: Theory and Practice in Counseling Psychology; Behavioral Disorders; Ethics and Professional Issues; History of Psychology

Research: Minority stress, particularly as it relates to social class and classism, and race and racism; Intersectional and additive approaches to study the impact of marginalization; Exploring how sex buyers justify and normalize their behavior; Instrument development

Selected Publications:

Cavalhieri, K. E., Conzemius, D.*, Heavner, E.*, & Doyon, A.* (2022). Sex as a Commodity Scale: Development and initial validation. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 23(3), 335-346. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000395

Cavalhieri, K. E., & Wilcox, M. M. (2022). The compounded effects of classism and racism on mental health outcomes for African Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 69(1), 111-120. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000561

Alves, C. D. B., & Cavalhieri, K. E. (2021). “Mongering is a weird life sometimes”: Discourse analysis of a sex buyer online community. Violence Against Women, 27(9), 1448-1474. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801220930820

Cavalhieri, K. E., & Chwalisz, K. (2020). Development and initial validation of the Perceived Classism Experiences Scale. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(3), 310-341. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019899395

Greer, T. M., & Cavalhieri, K. E. (2019). The role of coping strategies in understanding the effects of institutional racism on mental health outcomes for African American men. Journal of Black Psychology, 45(5), 405-433. doi: 10.1177/0095798419868105

Recent Conference Presentations:

Cavalhieri, K. E. (2022). The demand for sex trafficking: Why studying johns and sex buyers is important. In K. Cavalhieri (Chair). The demand side of sex trafficking: Qualitative and quantitative approaches to study sex buyers. Symposium presented at the 2022 American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Cavalhieri, K. E. (2022). Education is freedom: Liberation psychology and social class critical consciousness. In K. Cavalhieri (Chair). Social class training in professional psychology: A liberatory approach. Symposium presented at the 2022 American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Spencer, B., Cavalhieri, K. E., & Juntunen, C. (2022). The great resignation: How psychology can empower the working lives of people with low-income. Roundtable presented at the 2022 American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Cavalhieri, K. E. (2020). Internationalization of counseling psychology: Liberation psychology and critical consciousness. In J. Lee (Chair). Internationalization and Liberation in Psychology: Contributions from International Psychologists. Symposium presented at the 2020 American Psychological Association Convention, Virtual.