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Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Psychology at Syracuse University is committed to supporting and promoting the diversity and inclusion of various cultural, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age identities within the university and surrounding community. Diversity is one of our central values. Like the University’s Diversity and Inclusion, we aspire to be a diverse, accessible and inclusive campus environment for students, faculty, and staff.  Below you can learn more about how we attend to diversity and inclusion in our classrooms, research, clinical practice, and programming. 

Diversity-Related Research

Faculty in all subdisciplines represented in the department are committed to enhancing the science of diversity and equity, training graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, and offering various training opportunities in diversity-related research. Below, please find selected examples of faculty research programs and student research training opportunities (Click each faculty name for detailed information).  

  • Dr. Sara Burke’s research focuses on intergroup bias by examining stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and experiences of stigma. Dr. Leonard Newman’s research focuses on the motivational aspects of social cognition specifically in dehumanization, social stigma, and defensive and self-protective processes in judgment and memory.
  • Dr. Catherine Cornwell is specialized in research related to animal models of early-life adversity and enrichment effects on sensory, cognitive and social development [Diversity areas addressed:  disability, developmental age, socioeconomic status].

  •  Dr. Aesoon Park specializes in research on differential risk pathways (e.g., racial discrimination, alcohol metabolism genes) toward health disparities in alcohol use/misuse and co-occurring health behaviors among adolescents and young adults of from diverse racial and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Sarah Woolf-King‘s research focuses on the development of behavioral and psychological interventions to enhance the well-being of people of marginalized genders and sexualities and people living with HIV.  Dr. Stephen Maisto’s research focuses on the effects of alcohol and sexual risk in men who have sex with men and implications for HIV prevention and intervention. Dr. Les Gellis’ research involves the association of socioeconomic status with sleep problems.   

  •  Dr. Eckert’s research relates to the assessment and intervention of children’s academic and behavioral difficulties. She conducts randomized clinical trials to improve the academic and behavioral functioning of elementary-aged students in urban school settings.  [Diversity areas addressed:  disability, gender, language, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status].  Dr. Felver’s research focuses on the development, implementation, and study of mindfulness-based interventions in school and community settings. He conducts randomized clinical trials to evaluate the benefits (i.e., academic, behavioral, cognitive, and physiological) of mindfulness-based interventions in high poverty, high community violence, diverse, inner city school public school districts.  [Diversity areas addressed: disability, gender, developmental age, language, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status].  Dr. Lewandowski’s research focuses on assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly the test taking strengths and weaknesses of students with ADHD, SLD, TBI, and anxiety disorders. [Diversity areas addressed: disability, gender, language, developmental age, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status].  Dr. Martens research is concerned with translating findings from basic operant research into effective school-based interventions, functional assessment and treatment of children’s classroom behavior problems, and the instructional hierarchy as a sequenced approach to training basic academic skills. [Diversity areas addressed: disability, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status].  Dr. Russo’s research focuses on strengths and weaknesses in sensory, perceptual, attentional and cognitive processes among individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.  [Diversity areas addressed: disability].

 

Diversity and Inclusion Coursework

The Department of Psychology attempts to offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses that consider topics related to diversity. You will find a list of some of the relevant courses below.

  • Undergraduate

        PSY 205  Foundations of Human Behavior
        PSY 329  Biopsychology Perspectives on Women's Health
        PSY 375  Cross Cultural
        PSY 379  Social Psychology of Stigma

  • Graduate

        PSY 617 - Individual Differences and Developmental Disability
        PSY 640 - Psychology of Gender
        PSY 775 - Stereotyping, Prejudice and Stigma
        PSY 860 – Diversity and Cultural Issues in Assessment and Psychotherapy

Programs

Psychology Research Initiative in Diversity Enhancement (PRIDE) Program
Annually, the PRIDE program provides a full-time 7-week (Maymester through the end of Summer Session I) mentored summer research experience to psychology majors from underrepresented groups in science (that is, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos of any race, and American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians). Participants are matched with a faculty and graduate-student mentors and gain hands-on research experience in psychology and join weekly professional development series to best prepare for graduate school application. Housing and meals are provided for all who attend.

Diversifying Psychology Visit Day

Every fall, talented racial/ethnic minority undergraduates and recent college graduates who wish to pursue doctoral-level training in psychology are invited to visit our campus for Diversifying Psychology Visit. Participants are provided multiple venues to network with psychology faculty and graduate students as well as university and student organizations.  Participants get the scoop on the graduate student and learn tips on how to navigate the graduate school admissions process through panel discussions, seminars, research presentations, workshops and a campus tour. Travel, housing, and meals are provided.


Diversity in Clinical Training and Practice

In our psychology doctoral student training clinic, we honor, value, and appreciate diversity. Our doctoral students and faculty strive to provide quality services that are sensitive to all types of individual differences, including cultural, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age and other valued components of diversity. We work to create an environment which promotes awareness and acceptance of unique individual differences. Our goal is to provide culturally relevant and appropriate services in accordance to each client's personal preferences and needs. 

Committees

The Departmental Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes diversity and inclusion across the department, including undergraduate and graduate training, recruitment and retention, and professional development. This faculty committee also oversees the annual Diversifying Psychology Weekend and the annual Psychology Research Initiative in Diversity Enhancement (PRIDE) Program, and works closely with the Psychology Doctoral Students’ Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. 

The Psychology Doctoral Students’ Committee for Diversity and Inclusion is a collaborative committee of self-selected graduate students, working together to: foster an inclusive and supportive environment within the Psychology Doctoral Programs in relation to multiple aspects of diversity, create initiatives to educate and engage the broader department in achieving shared goals related to diversity and inclusion, collaborate with the broader department to enhance program policies and procedures related to issues of diversity, and pursue increased outreach and service to community organizations.

Prospective and current graduate students in psychology are welcome to contact this student committee for any diversity-related inquiries at cdi-psy@syr.edu 

 

Useful Syracuse University Diversity and Inclusion links