Diversity

Fostering and promoting diversity for the benefit of the Society,
and for those with whom we work.

Mission


The Diversity domain, through its committee, is responsible for:

  • fostering membership diversity in the activities of The Society,
  • promoting awareness of diversity as defined in the APA Ethics Code, and
  • recommending policies and programs designed to educate in this area.


We welcome your ideas and perspectives as psychotherapists and psychotherapy researchers, educators, supervisors, and trainees with respect to diversity and psychotherapy, and we are continually looking for new members to serve on the committee or to help with our initiatives and programs.

Diversity Domain Representative to the Board of Directors

Susan Woodhouse, Ph.D.

Background

Susan S. Woodhouse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Lehigh University in the Department of Education and Human Services. She is a core faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at Lehigh University, and is the director of the Caregiving, Attachment, and Regulation of Emotion (CARE) Lab. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Woodhouse earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, with Dr. Charlie Gelso as her advisor. She then went on to do a research post-doc at the University of Maryland funded by National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), with Dr. Jude Cassidy. The goal of that project was to investigate the roles of maternal attachment and psychotherapy process in explaining differential outcomes of a brief, attachment-based intervention with low-income mothers and their temperamentally irritable infants.

Dr. Woodhouse’s current research focuses on attachment in both the context of psychotherapy and the context of families and parenting. Her research examines attachment and emotion regulation in families, preventive intervention with families with infants and children, attachment and the process and outcome of parenting interventions as well as in counseling with adults, and cultural variations in parenting.

Dr. Woodhouse conducts basic research on links between maternal caregiving and the development of attachment and emotion regulation in the infants of low-income mothers, as well as applied research on psychotherapy and interventions with families with young children. The ultimate goal of her work is to address critical gaps in research that have impeded efforts to improve intervention and address mental health disparities for diverse, urban, low-SES young children and their families. Her research takes a community engaged perspective, including regular meetings with a Community Advisory Board, hiring from the community, community give-back events, and reporting results back to the community through community dissemination events to support community ownership of research results.

Dr. Woodhouse currently serves as one of the two Diversity Domain Representatives on the Division of Psychotherapy Board of Directors. Dr. Woodhouse began her involvement in governance for Division 29 by serving for a year as the Associate Chair for the Psychotherapy Research Committee and two years as the Chair of the Psychotherapy Research Committee. She then went on to serve a three-year term as the Early Career Domain Representative, and two three-year terms as the Science and Scholarship Domain Representative. She would be happy to speak with any Early Career Psychologists or Psychologists-in-Training who would like to learn more about how to become involved in the Division or about how involvement in the Division could be beneficial to them. To learn more about Dr. Woodhouse, click here: https://ed.lehigh.edu/faculty/directory/swoodhouse


Manijeh Badiee, Ph.D.

Background

Manijeh Badiee, Ph.D., is a licensed counseling psychologist in California (License# PSY 30484). She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. In this role, she teaches undergraduate psychology students as well as graduate students in a clinical counseling Master program. The courses she regularly teaches are relevant to psychotherapy (e.g., Advanced Clinical Seminar and Counseling Theories) as well as to diversity (e.g., Psychology of Women and Cross-Cultural Counseling). Additionally, growing up as a first generation Iranian American immigrant woman in Texas shaped her personal and professional identity. Her immigrant background has made her passionate about social justice and the delivery of multiculturally competent services to all. Her research is on women’s empowerment, with a focus on Iranian and Latina women. She routinely provides presentations on diversity related topics to community members, students, and faculty. She has over ten years of experience counseling clients of various backgrounds and specializes in women of color, ethically non-monogamous relationships, LGBTQ individuals, and/or adolescents. Currently, she provides therapy services in a group private practice setting in Riverside. She currently serves the Society of Psychotherapy as the Diversity Domain Representative. To learn more about Dr. Badiee, click here: https://search.csusb.edu/profile/MBadiee


Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Research Grant for Early Career Psychologists

DESCRIPTION

The Diversity Research Grant for early career psychologists was established to foster the promotion of diversity within the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and within the profession of psychotherapy.

FUNDING SPECIFICS

One annual grant of $1,000 will be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to his or her university’s grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities. All grant recipients will be required to complete an IRS form W-9 before funds are issued.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Grants are awarded to an early career psychologist (within 10 years of graduation) who is currently conducting research or an applied project that promotes diversity, as outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA). According to the APA, diversity is defined as individual and role differences, including those based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.

The Diversity Research Grant is expected to be used to support the completion of an ECP’s psychotherapy research or psychotherapy project. The grant may be used to fund:

  • supplies used to conduct the research or project;
  • training needed for completion of the research or project; and/or
  • travel to present the research (such as at a professional conference).

The applicant must be a member of Division 29. The recipient of the grant will be expected to present his or her research results in a scholarly forum (e.g., presentation at an APA Annual Convention, the Division 29 Journal, Psychotherapy, or other refereed professional journal) or Psychotherapy Bulletin.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Consistency with the Diversity Research Grant’s stated purposes;
  • Clarity of the written proposal;
  • Scientific quality and feasibility of the proposed research project;
  • Budgetary needs for data collection and completion and presentation of the project;
  • Potential for new and valuable contributions to the field of psychotherapy; and
  • Potential for final publication or likelihood of furthering successful research in topic area.
  • Awardee must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29)

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A 1-2 page cover letter describing how the applicant’s work embodies the Division’s interest in promoting diversity in the profession of psychotherapy and how the funding will be used to support the applicant’s dissertation work;
  • A 1-page document outlining a detailed budget;
  • A 5-10 page research proposal (alternatively, a Dissertation Proposal may be submitted, regardless of length);
  • 1 letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current direct supervisor or advisor.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • After the project is complete, a full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion.
  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years must be returned.
  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged.
  • All individuals who directly receive funds from the division will be required to complete an IRS w-9 form prior to the release of funds, and will be sent a 1099 after the end of the fiscal year (December 31st).

SUBMISSION PROCESS & DEADLINE

  • All materials must be submitted electronically at the same time
  • All applicants must complete the grant application form, in MSWord or other text format
  • CV(s) may be submitted in text or PDF format. If submitting more than 1 CV, then all CVs must be included in 1 electronic document/file
  • Proposal and budget must be submitted in 1 file, with a cover sheet to include the name of the principal investigator and complete contact information (address, phone, fax, email)
  • Submit all required materials for proposal to: Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office, [email protected]
  • You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission within 24 hours. If you do not receive confirmation, your proposal was not received; please resubmit.
  • Incomplete or late application packets will not be considered.
  • Questions about this program should be directed to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Domain Representatives Rosemary Phelps Ph.D. ([email protected]), Manijeh Badiee ([email protected]) ; and/or Committee Chair Sheeva Mostoufi ([email protected])

Submission Deadline: May 1.


Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Research Grant for Pre-doctoral Candidates

DESCRIPTION

The Diversity Research Grant for pre-doctoral candidates was established to foster the promotion of diversity within the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) and within the profession of psychotherapy.

The Society may award annually two $2,000 Diversity Research Grants to pre-doctoral
candidates (enrolled in a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program) who are currently conducting dissertation research that promotes diversity, as outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA).  According to the APA, diversity is defined as individual and role differences, including those based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.

FUNDING SPECIFICS

Two annual grants of $2,000 will be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to his or her university’s grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities.  All grant recipients will be required to complete an IRS form W-9 before funds are issued.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The Diversity Research Grant is expected to be used to support the completion of a pre-
doctoral candidate’s dissertation work. The grant may be used to fund:

  • supplies used to conduct the research;
  • training needed for completion of the research; and/or
  • travel to present the research (such as at a professional conference).

The applicant must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

The recipient of the grant will be expected to present his or her research results in a
scholarly forum (e.g., presentation at an APA Annual Convention, the Society’s
journal, Psychotherapy, or other refereed professional journal) or Psychotherapy Bulletin.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Consistency with the Diversity Research Grant’s stated purposes;
  • Clarity of the written proposal;
  • Scientific quality and feasibility of the proposed research project;
  • Budgetary needs for data collection and completion and presentation of the project;
  • Potential for new and valuable contributions to the field of psychotherapy; and
  • Potential for final publication or likelihood of furthering successful research in topic area.
  • Awardee must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
    (APA Division 29)

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A 1-2 page cover letter describing how the applicant’s work embodies the Division’s interest in promoting diversity in the profession of psychotherapy and how the
    funding will be used to support the applicant’s dissertation work;
  • A 1-page document outlining a detailed budget;
  • A 5-10 page research proposal (alternatively, a Dissertation Proposal may be submitted, regardless of length);
  • 1 letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current direct supervisor or advisor; and
  • 1 letter from the applicant’s dissertation advisor or director of clinical training certifying that the applicant is currently in the process of completing research for the dissertation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • After the project is complete, a full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion.
  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years must be returned.
  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged.
  • All individuals who directly receive funds from the division will be required to complete an IRS w-9 form prior to the release of funds, and will be sent a 1099 after the end of the fiscal year (December 31st).

SUBMISSION PROCESS & DEADLINE

  • All materials must be submitted electronically at the same time
  • All applicants must complete the grant application form, in MSWord or other
    text format
  • CV(s) may be submitted in text or PDF format. If submitting more than 1 CV, then all CVs must be included in 1 electronic document/file
  • Proposal and budget must be submitted in 1 file, with a cover sheet to include the name of the principal investigator and complete contact information (address, phone, fax, email)
  • Submit all required materials for proposal to: Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office, [email protected]
  • You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission within 24 hours. If you do not receive confirmation, your proposal was not received; please resubmit.
  • Questions about this program should be directed to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Domain Representatives Rosemary Phelps Ph.D. ([email protected]), Manijeh Badiee ([email protected]) ; and/or Committee Chair Sheeva Mostoufi ([email protected])

Submission Deadline: May 1.


From the Diversity Domain