Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Supporting Students in the Mental Health Field


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In this Webinar: 

There is a lack of racial and ethnic minorities in the field of psychology, with some estimates showing that the psychologists consist of up to 88% white individuals in the workforce.  This webinar will closely examine this lack of diversity and the multiple implications that it has on the mental health field including clinical work (therapy and treatment), research, and the teaching and training of graduate students.  Strategies specific to recruiting, retaining, and creating a supportive climate for diverse trainees will be discussed. Particular emphasis will also be given to the importance of integrating diverse perspectives throughout clinical training programs, and the direct connection of these efforts in increasing diversity of psychologists.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the direct impact of the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the field of psychology on patient populations, training programs, and graduate students in the field of psychology
  2. Apply strategies specific to increasing racial and ethnic diversity of students in the field of psychology
  3. Describe the role of DEI  (Diversity Equality and Inclusion) task forces and organizations in increasing racial and ethnic diversity, and diversity training within the field of psychology

About the Presenters

Nicole L. Cammack, PhD is President and CEO of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. Dr. Cammack is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Maryland.  She currently serves as the Program Director of the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration clinic, where she provides mental health services to veterans in a co-located primary care setting. Services that she provide include brief individual therapy, couples therapy, and culturally responsive therapeutic groups that focus on race-based trauma, military sexual trauma, and resilience.  Lastly, she leads the Diversity Training Subcommittee and promotes efforts to increase diversity and cultural competency among psychology graduate trainees, and she is an active participant on several leadership councils through the VA Medical Center.


Dr. Danielle Busby is the Vice President of Professional Relations and Liaison at Black Mental Wellness, Corp. Dr. Busby is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Michigan and in the state of Texas. Currently, Dr. Busby is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. In this role, she primarily serves youth and families through the Trauma and Grief Clinic and is in the early stages of developing a clinic specific to youth depression and suicide prevention. Dr. Busby’s research is centered on examining barriers to mental health service use, specifically among Black college students who are at an elevated risk for suicide. Additionally, she has led and contributed to scholarly articles and research presentations on child trauma, youth suicide prevention, racial discrimination among Black youth, and the psychological effects of neighborhood stressors; such as, community violence exposure among African American adolescents.


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