Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Sharon M. Flicker

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office Location: Amador 353b

Email: flicker@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.5605

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6007

Office Hours: W & F 1:30-3

Courses That I Teach

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PSYC 4: Navigating Psychology: The Major and Careers

PSYC 168: Abnormal Psychology

Research Interests

Individuals who practice consensual non-monogamy (CNM) have an interest in multiple romantic, intimate and/or sexual relationships with the knowledge and consent of all parties involved (Vaughan & Schesinger, 2018). Consensual non-monogamy includes various types of relationships, including open relationships, swinging, and polyamory. Although more than 20% of U.S. Americans have been involved in CNM relationships at some point in their life and 4-5% are currently engaged in a CNM relationship (Levine et al., 2018), relatively few studies have examined them. Furthermore, individuals in CNM relationships often experience stigma and discrimination. Our lab seeks to fill some of the gaps in the literature with an eye toward better understanding healthy functioning in these relationships and reducing stigma.

Current Projects

Comparing relationship satisfaction and romantic attachment across various types of consensually non-monogamous relationships and various ways that consensual nonmonogamy is practiced.

Identifying personality predictors of attitudes towards and willingness to engage in various forms of consensual non-monogamy.

Creating a quantitative measure of compersion, an informal term well-known in polyamorous communities that connotes the positive emotion one experiences at witnessing their partner’s happiness with another partner.

Lab Website

Flicker Relationships Lab

Publications

Most of the pdfs of these articles can be downloaded through my Googlescholar page

Flicker, S. M., Ayoub , H. J. S., & Guynn, M. J. (2019). Emotional display rules in Palestine: Ingroup/outgroup membership, status of interaction partner and gender. International Journal of Psychology, 54(1), 33-41. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12429

Flicker, S. M. & Bui, L. T. T. (2018). Cross-cultural differences in interpersonal and intrapersonal understandings of forgiveness. In M. Karasawa, M. Yuki, K. Ishii, Y. Uchida, K. Sato, & W. Friedlmeier (Eds.), Venture into cross-cultural psychology: Proceedings from the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/iaccp_papers/147/

Bui, L. T. T. & Flicker, S. M. (2013). The relationship between analytic and holistic styles of thinking and forgiveness. The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2013 Official Conference Proceedings, 529-542.

Flicker, S. M., Cerulli, C., Swogger, M., & Talbot, N. (2012). Depressive and post-traumatic symptoms among women experiencing intimate partner violence: Relations to coping strategies, social support, and ethnicity. Violence Against Women, 18, 420-36. 

Flicker, S. M., Cerulli, C., Zhao, X., Tang, W., Watts, A., Xia, Y., & Talbot, N. L. (2011). Concomitant forms of abuse and helpseeking behavior among White, African American, and Latina Women who experience intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 17, 1067-85.  

Flicker, S. M., Waldron, H. B., Turner, C. W., Brody, J., & Hops, H. (2008). Ethnic matching and treatment outcome with Hispanic and Anglo substance-abusing adolescents in family therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 439-447

Flicker, S. M., Turner, C. W., Waldron, H. B., Brody, J., & Ozechowski, T. J. (2008). Ethnic background, therapeutic alliance and treatment retention in Functional Family Therapy with substance abusing adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 167-170.

Meyers, R. J., Apodaca, T. R., Flicker, S. M., & Slesnick, N. (2002). Evidence-based approaches for the treatment of substance abusers by involving family members. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 10, 281-288.

Waldron, H.B. & Flicker, S.M. (2002). Alcohol and drug abuse. In M. Hersen (Ed.), Clinical behavior therapy: Adults and children (pp. 474-490). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association

Western Psychological Association