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


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.


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.


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

From the Diversity Domain