Dean's Profile

NAME:           Charity Sylvia Akotia

TITLE:           Associate Professor 


B.A. (Hons) University of Ghana                         1987

M.A. Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada              1992

PhD. University of Ghana                                   2004



Social/Community Psychology



Social Psychology

Community Psychology

The Psychology of Gender

Elements of Psychology



Cultural studies on suicide and suicide prevention

Cross-cultural studies on gender role perception and self esteem

Gender and relationship aggression


Akotia, C. S., & Mate Kole, C. C. (2014). Contemporary Psychology: Readings from Ghana (eds.), Tema: Digibooks.


Book Chapters

             Akotia, C.S., & Anum, A. (In press). Gender, Culture, and Inequality in Ghana: An examination of socio-cultural determinants of gender disparity. In S. Safda & N. Kosakowska (eds). The                Psychology of Gender Through the Lens of Culture: Introduction‏, Springer.

Akotia, C. S. (2014). Community psychology: Moving psychology into the community. In C.S. Akotia & C.C Mate Kole (eds.), Contemporary Psychology: Readings from Ghana (eds.), (pp. 163 – 178). Tema: Digibooks.

Gyasi-Gyamerah, A., Akotia, C. S., & Wiafe-Akenteng, B. (2014), Media Psychology. In C.S. Akotia & C.C Mate Kole (eds.), Contemporary Psychology: Readings from Ghana (eds.), (pp. 199 – 214), Tema: Digibooks.

Osafo, J., & Akotia, C. S. (2014). Suicidal Behaviour in Ghana. In C.S. Akotia & C.C Mate Kole (eds.), Contemporary Psychology: Readings from Ghana (eds.), (pp.131-146),  Tema: Digibooks.

Akotia, C.S. & Anum, A. (2013).The gender dynamics in mentoring relationships. In A. Olowu (ed.), Mentoring: A key issue in Human Resource Management (2nd ed.), Ife: Ife Center for Psychological Studies.

Akotia, C. S., & Barimah, K. (2007). The history of community psychology in

Ghana.   In S. Reich, M. Riemer, I. Prilleltensky, & M. Montero (eds.), History and Theory of Community Psychology: An international perspective. New York: Springer Science & Business Media.


Articles in Refereed Journals


Akotia, C. S., & Anum, A. (In press). Perception of suicide and suicide prevention: Views from teenagers in Ghana. Ghana International Journal of Mental Health.

Barimah, B. B., & Akotia, C. S. (In press). The promotion of traditional medicine as enactment of community psychology in Ghana. Journal of Community Psychology.

Osafo, J., Akotia, C.S., Andoh-Arthur, J., & Quarshie, E. (In press). Attempted suicide in Ghana: Motivation, stigma and coping, Journal of Death Studies.

Lawson, V.W., Asumeng, M., & Akotia, C. S. (2014). Psychosocial determinants of ethnocentrism: A study among four ethnic groups in Ghana. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 1(6), 145 – 154.

Lawson, V.W., & Akotia, C. S., & Asumeng, M. (2014). Exploring Ethnic Stereotypes and Prejudice Among Some Major Ethnic Groups in Ghana. Journal of Social Science Studies (2)1, 17 – 35.

Atefoe, E. A., Akotia, C. S., & Kugbey, N. (2014). The Moderating Role of Stress on the Relationship between religiosity and mental health among Women in Ghana. The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies, 2(6), 223 – 227. 

Nyarko, K., Nkansah, A., Akotia, C. S., Akuamoah Boateng, R., & Zarto, A. (2014). Does experience matter?: the impact of fear arousing messages and fear of prosecution on risky driving in Ghana. American Journal of Social and Management Sciences,

Hjelmeland, H., Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., & Knizek, B. L. (2013). The law criminalizing

Attempted suicide in Ghana: The views of clinical psychologists, emergency ward nurses, and police officers. Crisis, DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000235.

Akotia, C. S, Knizek B. L., Kinyanda E., & Hjelmeland, H. (2013). “I have sinned”: Understanding the role of religion in the experiences of suicide attempters in Ghana.Mental Health, Religion and Culture. tp://

Akotia, C. S., & Anum, A. (2012).The mediating effects of gender and educational differences on gender role perceptions in Ghana.Gender and Behaviour, 5022 – 5043.

Knizek, B.L., Kinyanda, E., Akotia, C. S., & Hjelmeland, H. (2012). Between

hippocrates and God: Ugandan mental health professionals’ views on suicide: Mental Health, Religion and Culture. DOI:10.1080/13674676.2012.719223

Osafo, J., Hjelmeland, H., Akotia, C. S., & Knizek, B. L. (2011a). The meaning(s) of

suicidal behaviour to psychology students: A qualitative approach to understanding suicidal behaviour in Ghana. Transcultural Psychiatry, 48(5), 1 - 17.

Osafo, J., Knizek, B. L., Akotia C. S.,& Hjelmeland, H. (2011c). Influence of religious factors on attitudes toward suicidal behaviour in Ghana. Journal of Religion and Health. 52(2), 488 – 504.

Osafo, J., Hjelmeland, H., Akotia, C. S.,& Knizek, B. L (2011b). Social injury: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the attitudes towards suicide of lay persons in Ghana. International Journal of Qualitative Stud Health Well-being, DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i4.8708.

Osafo, J., Knizek, B. L., Akotia, C. &Hjelmeland, H. (2012). Attitudes of psychologists and nurses toward suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49. 691 - 700.

Knizek, B. L., Akotia, C. S., Hjelmeland, H. (2010). A qualitative study of attitudes

towards suicide and suicide prevention among psychology students in Ghana. Omega, 62(2), 169 – 186.

Hjelmeland H, Akotia CS, Owens V, Knizek BL, Nordvik H, Schroeder R, Kinyanda, E.

(2008). Self-reported suicidal behaviour and attitudes towards suicide and suicide prevention among psychology students in Ghana, Uganda and Norway, Crisis, 29(1), 20-31.


Working Papers

Akotia, C.S., Knizek, B. L., Hjelmeland, H., & Osafo, J. Patients’ own reasons for suicide attempt: An exploratory study in Ghana.

Osafo, J., Quarshie, E.N., Akotia, C.S., & Andoh-Arthur, J. Understanding community leaders’ attitudes toward suicide in Ghana.

Quarshie, E. N., Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., & Peprah, J. Adolescent suicide in Ghana: A content analysis of media reports.