College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University Department of Psychology

Silvia Sara Canetto

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Applied Social and Health Psychology
Counseling Psychology

Phone: (970) 491-5415
Office Location: 213 BHSCI

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: Gender, culture and science. Diversity (i.e., gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical health/ability, culture, nationality) issues in suicidal behaviors and hastened death. Diversity issues in aging and end-of-life.
Teaching Courses: Psychology of Gender, Psychology of Women, and Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Office Hours:
Monday- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment-

Current Research: My research focuses on cultural norms and narratives of femininity and masculinity, in four domains.
A stream of my research examines cultural norms and narratives of women’s and men’s interest, persistence and success in science, math, technology and engineering. Representative publications are:
1. MacPhee, D., & Canetto, S. S. (2015). Women in academic atmospheric sciences. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, 59-67.
2. 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.
3. 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.
My second line of research concerns cultural scripts of gender and suicidality (including suicidal thoughts, nonfatal suicidal behavior, suicide, and assisted suicide), across age, sexual orientation, social class, and disability. Representative publications are:
1. Canetto, S. S. (2017). Suicide: Why are older men so vulnerable? Men and Masculinities.
2. Winterrowd, E., Canetto, S. S., & Benoit, K. (2017). Permissive beliefs and attitudes about older adult suicide: A suicide enabling script? Aging & Mental Health
3. Canetto, S. S. (2015). Suicidal ideation and behaviors in girls and women in the United States and Canada: Cultural and intersectional perspectives. In D. A. Lamis & N. J. Kaslow (Eds.), Advancing the science of suicidal behavior: Understanding and intervention (pp. 215-236). Hauppauege, NY: Nova Science.
My third research area is 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.
Finally, I study cultural and gender issues in human rights. Representative publications are:
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.
Canetto, S. S. (2017). Women and human rights: Concepts, debates, progress and implications. In C. Travis & J. White (Eds.), APA handbook on the psychology of women. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Vita: canetto.pdf

Academic Genealogy

Recent Publications

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

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.

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.

Canetto, S. S. (2011). Legal physician-assisted suicide in the U.S.: Issues, roles and implications for clinicians. In S.H. Qualls & J. Kasl-Godley (Eds.), End of life care and bereavement (pp. 263-284). New York: Wiley.

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

Recent Presentations

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., Bloodhart, B., Menendez, J., Pivarunas, B., Wong, M., Kishinevsky, B., Gullett, S., & Johnson, P. (2016, April). Perceptions of work/family conflict by married women in science/engineering doctoral programs. Poster presented at the Colorado State University Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase, Fort Collins, CO.
Received Colorado State University’s Graduate School Social Justice Research Award

Trott, C. D., & Canetto, S.S. (2014, July). Female graduate students’ perceptions of careers in STEM academia. Poster presented at the Gender and STEM Conference, Berlin, Germany.

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

Canetto, S. S. (2011, June). Gender and suicidal behavior: Why culture matters. Keynote presentation, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.


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

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