Dean's Profile


NAME:           Charity Sylvia Akotia

TITLE:           Associate Professor 



PhD. University of Ghana                                 



Social/Community Psychology



Community Psychology

The Psychology of Gender

Psychology of the Media

Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology



Cultural Studies on Suicide and Suicide Prevention


Representation of Personhood in Ghana




Edited Book

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


Book Chapters

Akotia, C.S., & Anum, A. (2015). 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.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Asare-Doku, W., Osafo, J., & Akotia, C. S. (2019). Comparing the reasons for Suicide from Attempt Survivors and their Families in Ghana, BMC Public Health, 19, 412 -


Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., & Quarshie, E. N., Andoh-Arthur, J., & Boahye, E. K. (2019). Community leaders’ attitudes towards and perceptions of suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana. Transcultural Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1177/1363461518824434. 1 – 23.


Sam, D. L., Wanjohi, R. N., & Akotia, C. S. (2019). Civic engagement and participation among Ghanaian and Kenyan students and their correlates, Journal of Civil Society, 15(1), 42- 61, DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2018.1560557

Akotia, C. S., Knizek, B. L., Hjelmeland, H., Kinyanda, E., & Osafo, J. (2019). Reasons for attempting suicide: An exploratory study in Ghana. Transcultural Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/1363461518802966. 56(1), 233 – 249.

Anum, A., Akotia, C. S., & Akin-Olugbade, P. (2018). Do ethnicity and sex-role ideology influence self-esteem among US and West-African young adults: An exploratory cross-cultural study.  Journal of Psychology in Africa, 28(6), 462 – 467. DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2018.1544395

Osafo, J., Akotia, C.S., Boakye, K. E., & Dickson, E. (2018). Between moral infraction and existential crisis: Exploring physicians and nurses' attitudes to suicide and the suicidal patient in Ghana. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 85, 118 – 125.


Milfont, T. L., Bain, P. G., Kashima, Y., Corral-Verdugo, V., Pasquali, C., Johansson, L.-O., Guan, Y., …. Akotia, C. S., Saviolidis, N. M., & Einarsdóttir, G. (2018). On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism: A 25-nation study. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 1 -13, DOI: 10.1177/1948550617722832

Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Ando-Arthur, J., Boakye, K. E., Quarshie, E. N-B. (2017). “We now have a patient and not a criminal”: An Exploratory Study of Judges and Lawyers’ Views on Suicide Attempters and the Law in Ghana. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, DOI: 10:1177/0306624X692059

Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Quarshie, E. N., Boakye, K. E., & Andoh-Arthur, J. (2017). Police views of suicidal persons and the law criminalizing suicide in Ghana: A qualitative study with policy implications. SAGE Open, 7(3), DOI: 2158244017731803

Asare-Doku, W., Osafo, J., & Akotia, C. S. (2017). The Experiences of Attempt Survivor Families and how they cope after a suicide attempt in Ghana: A qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry, 17 (1), 178. DOI: 10:1186/s12888-1336-9

Quarshie, E. N., Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Peprah, J., & Andoh-Arthur, J. (2017). Some epidemiological characteristics of perpetrators and victims of incest in contemporary Ghana: Analysis of media reports. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 26(2), 121 – 139.

Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Hjelmeland, H., & Knizek, B. L. (2017). From Condemnation to Understanding: Views on Suicidal Behavior in Ghana in Transition, Death Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1333357.


Atefoe, E., Akotia, C.S., & Nyarko, K. (2017). Religiosity, social support and social negativity as predictors of mental health of women in Ghana. Ghana Social Science Journal, 14(1), 31 – 49.


Bain, P., Milfont, T. L., Kashima, Y., Bilewicz, M., Doron, G., Akotia, C.S., et al. (2016). Co-benefits of addressing climate change can motivate action around the world. Nature Climate Change, 6(2), 154 – 157.


*Gyasi-Gyamerah, A. A., & Akotia, C. S. (2016). Religious commitment and prejudicial attitudes toward homosexuals in Ghana. Ife PsychologIA, 24(2), 279-289.