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PERSONAL DATA
 
NAME:            Charity Sylvia Akotia
  
TITLE:             Dr.
EDUCATION: 
B.A. (Hons) University of Ghana                              1987 
M.A. Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada                  1992 
PhD. University of Ghana                                          2004 
  
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION 
Social/Community Psychology
   
COURSES TAUGHT CURRENTLY: 
Social Psychology 
Community Psychology 
The Psychology of Gender 
Elements of Psychology 
  
CURRENT RESEARCH:
Cultural studies on suicide and suicide prevention
Cross-cultural studies on gender role perception and self esteem
Gender and relationship aggression
  
 
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS:
Knizek, B. L., Kinyanda, E., Akotia, C. S. & Hjelmeland, H. (2012). Between Hippocrates and
God: Ugandan mental health professionals’ views on suicide. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 1-14.
 
Osafo, J., Knizek, B. L., Akotia C. S., & Hjelmeland, H. (2011a). Influence of religious
factors on attitudes toward suicidal behaviour in Ghana. Journal of Religion and Health. DOI 10.1007/s10943-011-9487-3.
 
Osafo, J., Hjelmeland, H., Akotia, C. S., & Knizek, B. L. (2011b). The meaning(s) of
suicidal behaviour to psychology students: A qualitative approach to understanding suicidal behaviour in Ghana. Transcultural Psychiatry, 48(5), 1-17.
 
Knizek, B. L., Akotia, C. S., Hjelmeland, H. (2010). A qualitative study of attitudes
towards suicide and suicide prevention among psychology students in Ghana. Omega, 62(2), 169 – 186.
Hjelmeland H, Akotia CS, Owens V, Knizek BL, Nordvik H, Schroeder R, Kinyanda E.
(2008). Self-reported suicidal behaviour and attitudes towards suicide and suicide prevention among psychology students in Ghana, Uganda and Norway, Crisis, 29(1), 20-31.
Akotia, C. S., & Barimah, K. (2006). Community psychology in Ghana: Challenges,
            successes and prospects, Journal of Psychology in Africa, 16(2), 173 – 176.
 
 


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