Diversity in Psychology

Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP, Coordinator

The Department of Psychology welcomes and values diversity, broadly defined, among its students, faculty, and clients, especially those groups who have traditionally been underrepresented as members of the profession and as recipients of our service and research endeavors. As such, we seek to promote diversity within the field of psychology through education, training, research, and practice.

In addition to serving as Coordinator of Diversity Issues for the department, Arthur Nezu, PhD is listed in the APA Directory of Ethnic Minority Psychologists, was Chair of the Committee on Diversity for the American Board of Professional Psychology, currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Diversity for Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of APA, and has presented papers on diversity at both national and international conferences. Dr. Nezu's most recent publications on diversity include:

Below are resources for information on diversity. Comments are welcome. You can also view the document listing Diversity Resources at Drexel for Psychology Students (PDF).

General Guidelines for Psychologists

Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists (adopted as policy by APA 2002).

Resources for Psychology Curriculum

Annotated Bibliography on Diversity in Psychology-- Developed by the APA Task Force on Diversity Issues at the Precollege and Undergraduate Levels of Education in Psychology (revised 1998).

Bronstein, P & Quina, K (2003). Teaching gender and multicultural awareness: Resources for the psychology classroom. Washington, DC: APA Books.

Davis-Russell, E (2002). California School of Professional Psychology handbook of multicultural education, research, intervention, and training. New York: Wiley.

Pedersen, P. (2004). 110 experiences for multicultural learning. Washington, DC: APA Books.

Student Funding

Directory of Selected Scholarship , Fellowship, and Other Financial Aid Opportunities for Women and Ethnic Minorities in Psychology and Related Fields (revised 1999).

APA Minority Fellowship Program.

Faculty and Student Research Funding

NIH Initiatives for Underrepresented Minority Investigators (Office of Extramural Research).

Clinical Resources

APA Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations (adopted 1990).

Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Clients.

Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults (adopted as APA policy 2003).

Diversity Column (PDF)

Faculty/Professional Resources

Handbook for Increasing Ethnic Minority Participation in State Psychological Associations and APA Divisions (revised 2000).

How to Recruit and Hire Ethnic Minority Faculty-- Developed by APA's Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology.

Surviving and Thriving in Academia: A Guide for Women and Ethnic Minorities

Valuing Diversity in Faculty: A Guide.

Presidential Task Force on Diversity Educational Resources (PTDE)

Research Issues

Guidelines for Research in Ethnic Minority Communities-- Developed by the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (2000). (PDF)

Related Social Issues

Racism and Psychology: What Can Psychology Tell Us About Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism?

APA Resolution on Ageism.

Related Professional Organizations and Associations

APA Division 20: Adult Development and Aging

APA Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues
Publishes journal: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology

APA Division 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues

APA Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women
Publishes journal: Psychology of Women Quarterly

APA Division 9: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Publishes journal: Journal of Social Issues

APA Division 36: Psychology of Religion

Asian American Psychological Association
Publishes journal: Asian American Psychological Association Journal

Association of Black Psychologists
Publishes Journal of Black Psychology (Sage)

National Latina/o Psychological Association

Society of Indian Psychologists

AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming Their Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Family

Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy: has several "Special Interest Groups (SIG) " that are similar to APA divisions. Relevant SIGs include: African Americans in Behavior Therapy; Asian American Issues in Behavior Therapy and Research; Behavior Therapy and Aging; Developmental Disabilities; Hispanic Issues in Behavior Therapy; Native American Issues in Behavior Therapy and Research; Spiritual and Religious Issues in Behavior Change; Study of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Issues; Women's Issues in Behavior Therapy.

Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College (

Resource Books

Aponte, JF, Rivers, RY, & Wohl, J. (Eds.). (1995). Psychological interventions and cultural diversity.
Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Kazarian, SS & Evans, DR (Eds.). Cultural clinical psychology: Theory, research, and practice.
New York: Oxford University Press.

Nezu, CM, & Nezu, AM (2003). Awakening self-esteem: Psychological and spiritual techniques for improving your well-being.
Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Ponterotto, JG, Casas, JM, Suzuki, LA, & Alexander, CM (2001). Handbook of multicultural counseling (2nd ed.).
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Richards, PS, & Bergin, AE (2004). Casebook for a spiritual strategy in counseling and psychotherapy.

Sue, DW & Sue, D (2002). Counseling the culturally different: Theory and practice (4th ed.).
New York: Wiley.

Suzuki, LA, Meller, PJ, & Ponterotto, JG (Eds.). (1996). Handbook of multicultural assessment.
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


  • American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Asian American Psychological Association Journal
  • Asian Journal of Social Psychology
  • American Journal on Mental Retardation
  • Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Feminism and Psychology
  • Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
  • International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Journal of Black Psychology
  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Journal of Social Issues
  • Psychology and Aging
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Sex Roles