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Jim Mahalik



CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology


A Boston College professor since 1990, James Mahalik has also served as the Lynch School’s associate dean of faculty and academic affairs.

Mahalik has published theoretical work on men’s help-seeking as well as empirical work on gender and health behaviors. Moreover, he developed the widely used measures of gender role conformity, along with clinical best practice guidelines for working with boys and men.

In recognition of his distinguished achievements, Mahalik was honored as a fellow by the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

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Mahalik, J. R., Harris, M. P., & Di Bianca, M. (2023). Men’s depressive symptoms, health beliefs, masculinity, and heart-healthy behaviors: Examining moderators of a mediated model. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 24, 113–122. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000416

Mahalik, J. R., Di Bianca, M., & Martin, N. G. (2023). Evaluation of brief online interventions to increase sense of purpose for fathers living in the U.S. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 24, 26-33. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000414

Mahalik, J. R., Di Bianca, M., & Harris, M. P. (2022). Conformity to masculine norms and men’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. 23, 445–449. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000401.

Di Bianca, M., & Mahalik, J. R. (2022). A relational-cultural framework for promoting healthy masculinities. American Psychologist, 77, 321-332. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000929

Mahalik, J. R., & Di Bianca, M. (2022). Expanding the work of developing healthy masculinities: Reply to Griffith (2022), Liang (2022), and Rogers (2022). American Psychologist, 77, 341-343. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0001003

Mahalik, J. R., Di Bianca, M., & Harris, M. P. (2022). Men’s COVID-19 health practices: Understanding the complexities of mask-ulinity in the pandemic. Journal of Health Psychology, 27, 1187-1204. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105321990793.

Mahalik, J. R., Sims, J. P., & Di Bianca, M. (2021). Men’s head and heart: Health beliefs mediating depression’s relationship to heart healthy behaviors. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 22, 422-426. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000334.

Mahalik, J. R., & Di Bianca, M. (2021). Help-seeking for depression as a stigmatized threat to masculinity. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 52, 146-155. https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000365.