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National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations

  • Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45 of APA)http://www.apa.org/about/division/div45.aspx
  • Asian American Psychological Association                                                                                   http://aapaonline.org/
  • Association of Black Psychologists                                                                                               http://www.abpsi.org/
  • National Latina/o Psychological Association     
  • Society of Indian Psychologists

Local Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations

  • The Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists               
    In 1968, The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), founded on self-determination and a passionate desire to respond constructively to the most significant health and mental health  challenges of black communities, sprang to life in San Francisco through the collective vision  and work of several black academic and practitioner psychologists.  From its onset, DVABPsi  championed rigorous professional development and robust fellowship as signature  components of its organizational identity. Members still enjoy spirited, topical dissections and  treatments of important health and mental health affairs.  Members continue to thrive among  colleagues and friends, who show respect and support for one another non-competitively. At the  same time, DVABPsi also developed to serve black people, black communities, and those  disadvantaged or marginalized. DVABPsi’s current community-healing seminars and interventions, student scholarships and career advancement programs, and abiding commitments to  personal and collective re-empowerment still reflect its history of uplift and service. http://www.dvabpsi.org/ 
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos
    Congreso's mission is to strengthen Latino communities through social, economic, education, and health services; leadership development; and advocacy.  Congreso is a nationally recognized  multi-service organization. Congreso's goal is to alleviate poverty and promote economic  self- sufficiency to ensure that our most vulnerable populations have the educational credentials and  workforce skills to compete in a global economy. Congreso places the client at the center for all  decisions and achieves its goals through measuring client outcomes and creating strategic  partnerships. Congeso is an established leader of education, workforce, and health,  behavioral health and safety services.
  • SEAMAAC (Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc.)
    Founded in 1984, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc.  (SEAMAAC) has over 2 decades of experience serving and advocating for refugees,  immigrants, and asylees in the Greater Philadelphia area. Its mission is to support  immigrants, refugees, and their families as they seek access to opportunities which would  advance the condition of their lives in the United  States. SEAMAAC continues to bring issues  affecting immigrants/refugees to the forefront for policy makers and other health and social  service agencies. SEAMAAC currently maintains programs in translation, ESL, job training,  youth programs, elderly programs, truancy prevention and health (prenatal care, Hepatitis B,  HIV, lead poisoning, tobacco). Annually SEAMAAC serves approximately 1,500 immigrants, refugees and asylees. It reaches another 6,000 individuals from the immigrant and refugee communities, through its outreach work and various special events such as community and health fairs throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area.
  • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)
    Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services  (DBHIDS) provides services through a network of agencies while collaborating with the  Philadelphia School District, child welfare and judicial systems, and other stakeholders. The  City of Philadelphia has integrated its behavioral health care and intellectual disability services  into one comprehensive system.  The DBHIDS management team and its employees  embrace a vision of recovery, resilience, and self-determination. It continues to shift to a model  of care directed by the person in recovery. In this model, professional treatment is one aspect  among many that supports people in managing their own conditions while building their own  recovery resources. This recovery process should be viewed as a lifetime journey. http://www.dbhids.org/ 
  • Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
    The mission of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is to improve the quality of life  for older Philadelphians or people with disabilities and to assist them in achieving  their maximum level of health, independence and productivity. Special consideration is given to those with the greatest  social, economic, and health needs.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns

  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO) advances psychology as a means of improving the health and well-being of LGBT people, of increasing understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation as aspects of human diversity, and of reducing stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and violence toward LGBT people.

Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

  • The Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) (established 1980) is a six-person continuing committee reporting through the American Psychological Association’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) to the Board of Directors and Council of Representatives.  http://www.apa.org/pi/disability/committee/index.aspx

Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs

  • The Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) of the American Psychological Association seeks to increase scientific understanding of how psychology pertains to both race/ethnicity and culture.  http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/index.aspx

Women's Programs Office

  • The Women's Programs Office of the American Psychological Association works to improve the status, health, and well-being of women psychologists and consumers of psychological services. http://www.apa.org/pi/women/index.aspx

Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations Publications

  • Psychological Treatment of Ethnic Minority Populations (PDF, 609KB)
    Developed in response to critical concern about the appropriateness of theory and practice of much psychological treatment of ethnic minority populations, this brochure seeks to empower ethnic minority consumers and inform researchers, trainers, providers and funders of psychological services. http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/brochures/treatment-minority.pdf
  • Guidelines for Research in Ethnic Minority Communities (PDF, 200KB)
    Developed to empower communities of color and to inform not only the nation's social and behavioral researchers, but also major public and private funders of community research and public policy analysts and advocates.
  • Psychology Education and Training From Culture Specific and Multiracial Perspectives (PDF, 2.4MB)
    This booklet illustrates the importance of infusing ethnic/culture-specific perspectives into psychology education by describing the social-historical contexts of major contemporary psychological challenges and strengths of ethnic minority and biracial populations. Related implications for psychological research and practice are identified, and additional information sources are provided. http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/education-training.pdf
Last Updated: 12/12/14