Clinical Psychology Diversity Committee

Diversity Commitee Picture for Website

(from left to right, upper) Kaitlin Gallo, Caroline Kearns, Deepti Putcha, Mirella Diaz-Santos, (lower) Aubrey Edson, Christine Cooper-Vince

2013-2014 Diversity Seminars


Nick Mian – “Engaging With Underserved Populations and Discussion About UMass Boston Diversity Training Opportunities”


Martin LaRoche – “Cross-cultural Issues in Psychotherapy”


Erin O’Connor organized a student panel of clinical case summaries that required consideration of diversity issues


Dr. Ni Ha Trinh from MGH – Diversity Issues in Provision of Mental Healthcare

2012-2013 Diversity Seminars


Journal Club

Huey, S.J., & Polo, A.J. (2008). Controlled trials of evidence-based treatments for ethnic minority youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37(1), 262-301.


Christopher O’Rourke,LICSW, M.Div. -Spirituality, Existential, Religious, And Theological Issues In Psychotherapy


Brian Willoughby, Ph.D. -Family Rejection and Acceptance in the Lives of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Young People


No Meeting


Heidi M. Levitt, Ph.D. -Psychotherapy with LGBTQ Population


Mark Richardson, Ph.D. -Cultural Considerations in Neuropsychological Assessments


Dr. Martin LaRoche –Cultural Psychotherapy


No Meeting


Journal Club

Bagner, D.M., Fernandez, M.A., and Eyberg, S.M. (2004). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and chronic illness: A case study. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 11(1), 1-6.


The Diversity Committee is an alliance of students and faculty which formed in Spring, 2008.   The Diversity Committee meets monthly during the academic year.

Our Mission

To critically examine the presence of diversity-centered curricula in research and clinical training activities available to doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Program at Boston University.

To work within the Clinical Program to increase awareness of, and attention to, issues of diversity.

The goal of these efforts is to ensure that students leave the program with a clear understanding of the manner in which issues of diversity should be approached in their roles as culturally competent scientist-practitioners.

The current co-chairs of the committee are Aubrey Carpenter and Kristin Szuhany.

Defining Diversity

The concept of diversity entails understanding and respecting differences, while also acknowledging similarities between individuals. Diversity may encompass multiple domains including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, immigration status, socio-economic status, religion, privilege, language, educational status, age, identity, and ability. Diversity exists between and within individuals.

Defining Competence

The Diversity Committee uses the term cultural competence to describe practice that exemplifies the APA guidelines for providers who serve diverse populations.

Cultural competence requires awareness of, respect for, and curiosity about similarities and differences, knowledge of frameworks for exploring similarities and differences, and skill in applying these frameworks in interpersonal and professional contexts to people of all backgrounds in a manner that respects the worth of the individual and preserves their dignity.ii

Rather than an end goal, we suggest that cultural competence is a goal towards which we must continually work. As the forces shaping cultures change, so too must our understanding of any given culture. Therefore, we hope that the knowledge gained within the clinical program will be but part of each scientist-practitioner’s ongoing journey towards cultural competence.