Oklahoma State University

John M. Chaney, Ph.D.




John M. Chaney, Ph.D., 1991, University of Missouri

Regents Professor

Clinical Internship, 1990-1991, OU Health Sciences Center




Marriage and Family Clinic

American Indians Into Psychology Program

Center for American Indian Studies




Dr. Chaney teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in multi-cultural psychology, prejudice and discrimination, and family therapy. His clinical interests include family systems theory and narrative approaches to therapy.


PSYC 4133 Multi-Cultural Psychology

PSYC 4163 Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination

PSYC 6133 Cultural Diversity

PSYC 6523 Family Treatment Methods


Dr. Chaney's research focuses broadly on transactional stress and coping models for understanding long-term adjustment in youth with chronic medical illnesses and their parents. Dr. Chaney also studies implicit racial bias and the social cognitive implications of Native American sports mascots. Below are some of his representative publications:

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  • Suorsa, K., Cushing, C., Mullins, L., Meier, E., Tackett, A., Junghans, A., Chaney, J., & Mullins, L. (in press). Adolescents and young adults with asthma and allergies: Physical activity, self-efficacy, social support, and subsequent psychosocial outcomes. Children’s Health Care.
  • Tackett, A., Cushing, C., Suorsa, K., Mullins, A., Gamwell, K., Mayes, S., Chaney, J., & Mullins, L. (in press). Illness uncertainty, global psychological distress, and posttraumatic stress in pediatric cancer: A preliminary examination using a path analysis approach. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
  • Grice, J., Cohn, A., Ramsey, R., & Chaney, J. (2015). On muddled reasoning and mediation modeling. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 37, 214-225.
  • Bonner, M., Ramsey, R., Ryan, J., Fedele, D., Mullins, L., Wagner, J., Jarvis, J., & Chaney, J. (2015). Examination of parent–child adjustment in juvenile rheumatic diseases using depression-specific indices of parent and youth functioning. Journal of Child Health Care, 19, 63-72.
  • Mullins, L., Molzon, E., Suorsa, K., Tackett, A., Pai, A., & Chaney, J. (2015). Models of resilience in pediatric psychology: Blueprints for interdisciplinary interventions with parents of children with chronic health conditions. Family Relations, 64, 176-189.

  • Chaney, J. (2014). Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award - Thoughts on mentoring. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 271-276.
  • Mullins, L., Gillaspy, S., Molzon, E., & Chaney, J. (2014). Parent and and family interventions in pediatric psychology: Clinical implications. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 2, 281-293.
  • Ramsey, R., Cushing, C., Ryan, J., Gillaspy, S., Mullins, L., & Chaney, J. (2014). Barriers to care, illness intrusiveness, and depressive symptoms in youth with juvenile rheumatic diseases. Children's Health Care, 43, 293-307.
  • Ryan, J., Eddington, A., Hullmann, S., Ramsey, R., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Chaney, J., & Mullins, L. (2013). An examination of parenting capacity variables and child adjustment outcomes across socioeconomic indicators in pediatric cancer. Children's Health Care, 42, 281-293.
  • Ramsey, R., Ryan, J., Bonner, M., Fedele, D., Mullins, L., Jarvis, J., & Chaney, J. (2013). The mediating role of children’s causal attributions in the parent distress - child depressive symptom association in juvenile rheumatic diseases. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 25, 285-296. 
  • Ramsey, R., Bonner, M., Ryan, J., Mullins, L., & Chaney, J. (2013). A prospective examination of attitudes  toward illness  and depressive symptoms in youth with juvenile rheumatic diseases. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 25, 171-180.
  • Ryan, J., Ramsey, R., Bonner, M., Mullins, L., Jarvis, J., Gillaspy, S., & Chaney, J. (2013). Caregiver demand and parent distress in juvenile rheumatic diseases: Parent attitude toward illness as a mediator. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20, 351-360. 
  • Ryan, J., Ramsey, R, Fedele, D., Wagner, J., Smith, G., & Chaney, J. (2012). Exploration of age and sex differences in depressive symptoms and illness attitudes for youth with epilepsy and juvenile rheumatic disease. Journal of Child Neurology, 27,1004-1010. 
  • Fedele, D., Ryan, J., Ramsey, R., Grant, D., Bonner, M., Stermer, P., Mullins, L., Jarvis, J., & Chaney, J. (2012). Utility of the Illness Intrusiveness Scale in parents of youth diagnosed with juvenile rheumatic disease. Rehabilitation Psychology, 57, 73-80. 
  • Chaney, J., Burke, A., & Burkley, E. (2011). Do American Indian mascots = American Indian people? Examining implicit bias towards American Indian people and American Indian mascots. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 18, 42-62.
  • Fedele, D., Ramsey, R., Ryan, J., Bonner, M., Mullins, L., Jarvis, J., & Chaney, J. (2011). The influence of illness uncertainty on parent and child adjustment in juvenile rheumatic deseases: The effect of child age. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 32, 361-367.
  • Ryan, J., Ramsey, R., Fedele, D., Mullins, L., Jarvis, J., & Chaney, J. (2010). A longitudinal examination of the parent - child distress relationship in children with juvenile rheumatic diseases. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55, 286-291.
  • Andrews, N., Chaney, J., Mullins, L., Wagner, J., Hommel, K., & Jarvis, J. (2007). Illness intrusiveness and adjustment among Native American and Caucasian parents of children with juvenile rheumatic diseases. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 1259-1263.
  • Wagner, J., Chaney, J., Hommel, K., Andrews, N., & Jarvis, J. (2007). A cognitive diathesis-stress model of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents with juvenile rheumatic disease. Children's Health Care, 36, 45-62.
  • White, M., Chaney, J., Mullins, L., Wagner, J., & Hommel, K., Andrews, N., & Jarvis, J. (2005). Children’s perceived illness uncertainty as a moderator in the parent-child distress relation in juvenile rheumatic diseases. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 224-231.
  • Chaney, J., Mullins, L., Wagner, J., Hommel, K., Page, M., & Doppler, M. (2004). A longitudinal examination of causal attributions and depression symptomatology in rheumatoid arthritis. Rehabilitation Psychology, 49, 126-133.
  • Wagner, J., Chaney, J., Hommel, K., Mullins, L., Page, M., White, M., & Jarvis, J. (2003). The influence of parental distress on child depressive symptoms in juvenile rheumatic diseases: The moderating effect of illness intrusiveness. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 28, 453-462.
  • Chaney, J., Mullins, L., Uretsky, D., Pace, T., Werden, D., & Hartman, V. (1999). An experimental examination of learned helplessness in older adolescents and young adults with long-standing asthma. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 24, 259-270.
  • Chaney, J., Mullins, L., Frank, R., Peterson, L., Mace, L., Kashani, J., & Goldstein, D. (1997). Transactional patterns of child, mother, and father adjustment in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: A prospective study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 22, 229-244.
  • Chaney, J., Mullins, L., Uretsky, D., Doppler, M., Palmer, W., Wees, S., Klein, H., Doud, D., & Reiss, M. (1996). Attributional style and depression in rheumatoid arthritis: The moderating role of perceived illness control. Rehabilitation Psychology, 3, 205-223.
  • Chaney, J., & Peterson, L. (1989). Family variables and disease management in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 14, 389-403.



  • 2014 American Psychological Association: Fellow (Division 43)
  • 2013 American Psychological Association: Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award
  • 2010 American Psychological Association: Fellow (Division 54)
  • 2005 American Psychological Association: Research Excellence Award
  • 2000 Indian Health Service: Distinguished Service Citation



  • 2013 Oklahoma State University: Regents Professor
  • 2009 Oklahoma State University: Regents Distinguished Research Award
  • 2001 Oklahoma State University: Leadership Legacy Award
  • 1999 Oklahoma Psychological Association: Outstanding Contribution in the Public Interest
  • 1993 Oklahoma State University: Outstanding Teacher Award