CSU

Silvia Sara Canetto

Professor
Applied Social and Health Psychology
Counseling PsychologySilvia Sara faculty image
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PhD: Doctor of Psychology, Experimental/Physiological Psychology, University of Padua, Italy; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Older Adult Program, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL.
Area of Specialization: Diversity (i.e., sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, culture, nationality, health/ability status) issues in suicidal behaviors and physician-assisted suicide/hastened death. Gender, culture, and science. Cultural and gender issues in human rights. Stereotypes of gender, aging, and sexual orientation.

Teaching Courses: Psychology of Women, Men, and Gender; and Lifespan Developmental Psychology Courses.
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Current Research: My research focuses on cultural norms and narratives of femininity and masculinity, in four domains.
A domain is cultural scripts of gender and suicidality (including suicidal thoughts, nonfatal suicidal behavior, suicide, and physician-assisted suicide), across age, sexual orientation, social class, and ability status. Representative publications are:
1. Canetto, S. S., Antonelli, P., Ciccotti, A., Dettore, D., & Lamis, D. A. (in press). Suicidal as normal: A lesbian, gay, and bisexual script? Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.
2. Canetto, S. S. (2019). If physician-assisted suicide is the modern woman's last powerful choice, why are White women its leading advocates and main users? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 50,39-50. doi.org/10.1037/pro0000210
3. Canetto, S. S. (2017). Suicide: Why are older men so vulnerable? Men and Masculinities, 20, 49-70. doi.org/10.1177/1097184X15613832
4. Winterrowd, E., Canetto, S. S., & Benoit, K. (2017). Permissive beliefs and attitudes about older adult suicide: A suicide enabling script? Aging & Mental Health, 21, 173-181. doi:10.1080/13607863.2015.1099609
A second domain concerns cultural norms and narratives of women's and men's interest, persistence and success in science and engineering. Representative publications are:
1. Canetto, S. S., Trott, C. D., Winterrowd, E., Haruyama, D., & Johnson, A. (2017). Challenges to the choice discourse: Women's views of their academic science career and family options and constraints. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 29(1-2), 4-27. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2016.127317
2. MacPhee, D., & Canetto, S. S. (2015). Women in academic atmospheric sciences. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, 59-67. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00215.1
3. Canetto, S. S., Trott, C., Thomas, J., & Wynstra, C. (2012). Making sense of the Atmospheric Science gender gap: Do female and male graduate students have different career motives, goals, and challenges? Journal of Geoscience Education, 60, 408-416. doi: 10.5408/12-296.1
4. Hosoi, S. A., & Canetto, S. S. (2011). Women in graduate engineering: Is differential dropout a factor in their underrepresentation among the engineering doctorates? Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 17, 11-27. doi: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v17.i1.30
A third research area is cultural and gender issues in human rights. Representative publications are:
1. Canetto, S. S., & Burn, S. M. (2021). Whose culture? Challenging the idea of an opposition between women's human rights and the right to culture. In N. S. Rubin & R. L. Flores (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology and human rights (pp. 121-134). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
2. Canetto, S. S., & Rezaeian, M. (2020). Protest suicide among Muslim women: A human rights perspective. In M. E. Button & I. Marsh (Eds.), Suicide and social justice: New perspectives on the politics of suicide and suicide prevention (pp. 102-121). New York: Routledge. doi.org/10.4324/9780429460494
3. Canetto, S. S. (2018). Women and human rights: Concepts, debates, progress and implications. In C. Travis & J. White (Eds.), APA handbook on the psychology of women (Volume II, pp. 521-543). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi.org/10.1037/0000060-028
4. Trott, C. D., & Canetto, S. S. (2014). The abuse of women's rights: Perspectives from psychology and gender studies. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 7(4), 1-12.
Finally, I study stereotypes of gender, sexual orientation and aging. Representative publications are:
1. Wright, S. L., & Canetto, S. S. (2009). Stereotypes of older lesbians and gay men. Educational Gerontology, 35, 424-452.
2. Canetto, S. S., Kaminski, P. L., & Felicio, D. M. (1995). Typical and optimal aging in women and men: Is there a double standard? International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 40, 1-21.

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Recent Publications

Canetto, S. S., & Chen, J. (2020). Women and suicidal behavior: Paradigm-shift lessons from China. In F. Cheung & D. Halpern (Eds.) Cambridge handbook of the international psychology of women (pp. 497-513). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Castelli Dransart, D. A., Lapierre, S., Erlangsen, A., Canetto, S. S., Heisel, M., Draper, B., et al. (2019). A systematic review of older adults' requests for, or attitudes toward euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Aging & Mental Health. DOI:1080/13607863.2019.1697201

Canetto, S. S. (2015). Suicidal behavior among Muslim women: Patterns, pathways, meanings, and prevention. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 6, 447-458.

MacPhee, D., Farro, S., & Canetto, S. S. (2013). Academic self-efficacy and performance of underrepresented STEM majors: Gender, ethnic, and social class patterns. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13, 347-369.

Winterrowd, E., & Canetto. S. S. (2013). The long-lasting impact of adolescents' deviant friends on suicidality: A 3-year follow-up perspective. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48, 245-255.

Canetto, S. S. (2008). Women and suicidal behavior: A cultural analysis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 259-266.

Recent Presentations

Canetto, S. S. (2020, April). Suicide as cultural scripted: Theory, evidence and implications for prevention. Dublin Award Lecture, American Association of Suicidology, Portland, OR.

Canetto, S. S. (2019, September). Men, masculinities, and suicide. Keynote Presentation, International Association for Suicide Prevention, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Canetto, S. S. (2019, June). Whose culture? Challenging the idea of an opposition between the right to culture and women's human rights. Denmark-Gunvald Award Lecture, International Council of Psychologists, Cadiz, Spain.

Canetto, S. S. (2016, June). Gender and suicidal behavior around the world: Why culture matters. Shandong University Center for Suicide Prevention, Shandong, China.

Canetto, S. S. (2013, November). Paradossi e percorsi della suicidalita' femminile (Paradoxes and paths of female suicidality). Universita' di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy (in Italian).

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Canetto Gender and Culture Research Team: Dr. Canetto studies cultural norms, beliefs, and narratives of femininity and masculinity in four domains. A domain of her research explores cultural scripts of gender and suicidal behaviors--including suicidal thoughts, nonfatal suicidal behavior, suicide, and physician-assisted suicide--across intersectionalities of age, sexual orientation, social class, and disability. A second research stream examines cultural norms, stereotypes and narratives of women's and men's interest, persistence, and success in science and engineering. Her third research area is on cultural and gender issues in human rights. Finally, she studies stereotypes of gender, aging, and sexual orientation.
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