Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement

The Ph. D. program in Clinical Psychology at Rowan University trains our graduate students in how to appropriately elicit the best in individuals by being respectful and informed about how individual differences and diversity affects values, attitudes, behaviors, and emotional responsiveness. All of our methods are based on evidence-based research and resources. We further believe that our graduate students search for individal differences and diversity in their professional lives requires a psychological understanding of how various unique variables (e.g. age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, culture, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status) influence human motivation, goals, and mechanisms for growth and conflict resoluton. Our Program maintains policies and practices that demonstrate a non-discriminatory atmosphere. Rowan University, the Department of Psychology and the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology students, faculty, and staff are broadly diverse.

While there are numerous resources and readings in the diversty literautre, the framework for our Program's view on diversity is based on three seminal readings. The first reading is the ADDRESSING framework by Pamela Hays (2008), an APA benchmark book on cultural sensitivity and variables of self-identity, which are the following: Age, Developmental (acquired; delayed), Developmental (congenital), Religion, Ethnicity/race, Social economic status, Sexual orientation, Indigenous background, National origin, Gender. Other areas are marital/partner status, medical history, health disparities, oppression, "isms", skin color, weight bias, etc. The second reading is the Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 6th Edition by Sue and Sue (2013). The overarching, guiding principles from this reading when working with diverse communities is ASK: Assessing biases and worldviews, Skills development and Knowledge acquisition. The third and final seminal reading is from the American Psychological Association's Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists

Below please find an abbreviated list of additional resources addressing diversity (broadly defined).