Diversity in Psychology
The School of Professional and Applied Psychology at PCOM is committed to preparing highly skilled, compassionate practitioner-scholars
at the doctoral and master’s levels with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, gender diversity
and the underserved.
Thus, we respect and affirm the equal human worth of every individual and of all distinctive
groups of people. The moral and intellectual justification for this mission is rooted
in our commitment to students and faculty of different backgrounds, experiences and
origins, which enhances the learning experience for all.
Diversity is broadly defined to include, but not limited to, respect of race, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, gender, age, abilities, religion, native tongue and culture. The
programs of the School of Professional and Applied Psychology at PCOM embrace the
integration of diversity through:
- Acknowledging the salience of diversity in our society by addressing the interests
and concerns of all students in the School of Professional and Applied Psychology.
- Fostering the recruitment and retention of diverse students, staff and faculty.
- Integrating diversity education, sensitivity and competencies throughout the curriculum,
research and clinical training opportunities.
- Promoting empathy and respect for all individuals and groups.
- Encouraging and educating students in promoting advocacy and social justice through
research and practice, and grounded in the Recovery model, that promotes the worth
of every person as a contributing member of society, regardless of ability or disability.
The School of Professional and Applied Psychology maintains a strong and ongoing commitment
in these areas.
Service to the Community
PCOM maintains five Healthcare Centers (four in Philadelphia and one in Sullivan County, Pa.) which serve the medical needs
of our community by providing a variety of quality, easily accessible health care
services in one convenient location. In three of these Centers, psychology interns
from the School of Professional and Applied Psychology's Center for Brief Therapy interact with medical and allied mental health professionals as a fully participatory
member of the total health care team. Future psychologists are trained to work in
healthcare settings as providers of comprehensive psychological services that stress
Learn more about diversity programs and community outreach programs at PCOM, PCOM
Georgia and PCOM South Georgia by visiting the Office of Diversity and Community Relations.