Dr. Carol K. Oyster moved to La Crosse with her daughter to join the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1989. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a Master's Degree and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Delaware. Since 2009, she has been first the Director of the Institute for Ethnic and Racial Studies, then Chair of the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies and advisor to the Student Veterans' Association. Oyster's area of expertise is stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. She has published two textbooks, one on research design and the other on group dynamics; co-authored a trade book on women, firearms, and feminism; and co-edited an award winning encyclopedia on Women in Today's World. She has also published book chapters in a variety of topics including women and retirement, suicide, and police reactions to suicide-by-cop (based on a conference presentation at the FBI Academy). In her spare time, Oyster enjoys spending time with her dog and cat, both rescue animals. She also engages in a number of crafts, including knitting, quilting, and fabric sculpture. She is currently on a mission to discover the perfect color to paint the kitchen.
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