Ethnicity and Health in America Series: Featured Psychologists

Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhDNancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, an internationally recognized lecturer and highly sought after practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and her PhD in clinical psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.

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About OEMA's Featured Psychologists

APA's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs regularly features notable ethnic minority psychologists as part of the Ethnicity and Health in America Series. This series focuses on a chronic health condition particularly relevant to the ethnic group honored during four key months: Black History Month in February, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in September and National American Indian Heritage Month in November.

Through the featured psychologists of the Ethnicity and Health in America Series, OEMA hopes to raise public awareness about health concerns among people of color and also encourage psychologists to take a leading role in combating disparities in health. 


Psychologists featured for Black History Month:

  • Albert Sidney Beckham, PhD
    Considered to be the first African-American school psychologist, Beckham founded the first psychological laboratory at Howard University and published over 20 articles on the effect of counseling on high school students, childhood behavioral problems, intelligence testing and life satisfaction.

  • Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD
    Boyd-Franklin is a distinguished professor, an internationally recognized lecturer and highly sought after practitioner. 

  • Mamie Phipps Clark, PhD, and Kenneth Clark, PhD
    The Clarks were the first African-Americans to obtain their doctoral degrees in psychology from Columbia University.

  • Carlton Goodlett, PhD
    One of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate in child psychology from the University of California at Berkeley at the age of 23.

  • Robert Val Guthrie, PhD
    Guthrie’s childhood in the segregated south eventually shaped his contributions to the field of psychology.

  • Martin D. Jenkins, PhD
    Jenkins' dissertation, which went unpublished, is considered a renowned seminal piece of work in educational psychology among psychologists today.

  • Reginald Jones, PhD
    Jones focused his career on research and writing in two primary areas: the education of exceptional children and issues of race and psychology.

  • Howard Hale Long, PhD
    The first African-American graduate of Howard University to earn a doctorate degree in educational psychology from Harvard. 

  • Francis Cecil Sumner, PhD, and Inez Beverly Prosser, PhD
    As the first African-American to receive a PhD in Psychology, Sumner is referred to as the “Father of Black Psychology.” Prosser’s work was influential in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that later took place in 1954.

  • Charles H. Thompson, PhD
    Thompson held several positions and served as an expert educational witness in many of the major desegregation cases throughout the rise of the civil rights movement.

  • Henry Tomes, PhD
    In 1991, he began working with the American Psychological Association as the first full-time executive director of the Public Interest Directorate.

  • Alberta Banner Turner, PhD
    Turner was the first black woman to earn a PhD from The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio. She was also among the first cohort of African-American women to be awarded a PhD in psychology in all of North America. 

  • Frederick Payne Watts, PhD
    One of the founding faculty members of Howard University, in Washington, D.C., Watts published a number of professional papers throughout his tenure as a professor and researcher in clinical psychology.

  • Joseph White, PhD
    White contributed to the success of many students of color and worked as an advocate to reform the education system.


Psychologists featured for Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

  • Muninder Kaur Ahluwalia, PhD
    Ahluwalia’s work has been focused on methodological issues in qualitative research, race and racism in academia, and the experiences of the Sikh community after September 11th.

  • Alvin N. Alvarez PhD
    Alvarez's personal and professional interests focus on Asian-Americans, racial identity and the psychological impact of racism.

  • Alice F. Chang, PhD
    Chang's contribution to the field of psychology has been recognized on both local and national levels.

  • Jean Lau Chin, PhD
    The first Asian-American psychologist to be licensed in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Kevin M. Chun, PhD
    Research focuses on family acculturation processes and their relation to health and psychosocial adjustment for Asian-American immigrants.

  • Larke N. Huang, PhD
    Huang has worked tirelessly her entire career as an advocate for social justice and a champion for diverse and underserved populations.

  • Harry Kitano, PhD
    Kitano's studies of juvenile delinquency, interracial marriages and mental health and alcohol abuse among Asian Pacific Americans were groundbreaking.

  • Evelyn Lee, PhD
    Lee was widely respected and loved in the mental health field and the Asian-American community – as a clinician, administrator, teacher, author, community advocate and humanitarian.

  • K. Patrick Okura, PhD
    Okura's career was spent working to educate Asian-American mental-health and human-services professionals on how mental-health services and policies are developed.

  • Derald Wing Sue, PhD
    Sue's deep interest and passion led him to becoming one of the most prominent voices in cross cultural studies.

  • Stanley Sue, PhD
    Sue's work demonstrates the complications experienced by minority groups and presents guidelines for accurately providing mental health services.

  • Richard Suinn, PhD
    The third ethnic minority and the first Asian-American president of the American Psychological Association.

  • Reiko True, PhD
    True designed mentoring initiatives to aid Asian-American women as President of the Asian American Psychological Association. 


Psychologists featured for National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month:

  • Patricia Arredondo, EdD
    Well-known for her work in multicultural counseling.

  • Martha E. Bernal, PhD
    Helped establish the National Hispanic Psychological Association and later served as its second president.

  • Glorisa J. Canino, PhD
    Canino is a professor at the School of Medicine, department of pediatrics, and the director of the Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine.

  • Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD
    Comas-Díaz began at APA in 1984 as the director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs. She also played a pivotal role in creating Div. 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.

  • Edward Delgado-Romero, PhD
    Delgado-Romero has written extensively in the field of counseling psychology and in multicultural psychology, specifically Latina/o psychology.

  • Milton Fuentes, PsyD
    Founding member and former president of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey, and the 2013 past president of the National Latino Psychological Association.

  • Carlos Albizu Miranda, PhD
    Miranda became one of the first Hispanics to earn a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

  • Marie Lucia Miville, PhD
    Miville's research interests focus on identifying needs and perceptions of international students; attitudes toward gay and lesbian students, Arab-Americans and students with disabilities; and racial and gender differences in college retention.

  • Esteban L. Olmedo, PhD
    Became the first director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the American Psychological Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Manuel Paris, PsyD 
    Paris is the director of Hispanic Services for the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

  • Carmen Inoa Vazquez, PhD, ABPP
    One of New York City's most prominent Latina psychologists with more than 25 years of clinical and teaching experience working with both bilingual and monolingual families.

  • Ena Vazquez-Nuttall, EdD
    Well respected for her various contributions to multicultural psychology and school psychology throughout her lifetime.

Native American

Psychologists featured for National American Indian Heritage Month:

  • Carolyn Lewis Attneave, PhD
    Attneave's strong sense of community drove her iconic career in cross-cultural topics, counseling and psychotherapy for Native Americans.

  • Art Blume, PhD
    Investigates substance abuse and how to intervene upon it in culturally appropriate ways.

  • John Chaney, PhD
    Director of the Marriage and Family Clinic, the American Indian Into Psychology Program and the American Indian Studies Program.

  • Stephanie Fryberg, PhD
    Fryberg is a proud member of the Tulalip Tribes and centers her research on how social representation of race, culture and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being and educational attainment.

  • John Gonzalez, PhD
    Gonzalez’s professional interests are in cultural psychology, multicultural psychology and community psychology, which are guided by his life experiences of growing up on the reservation.

  • Jacque Gray, PhD
    Director of the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative.

  • Iva Greywolf, PhD
    Educates others about the variety of behavioral health issues impacting Native/Indian populations.

  • Joseph P. Gone, PhD
    Gone examines cultural influences on mental health status, as well as the intersection of evidence-based practice and cultural competence in mental health services.

  • Teresa LaFramboise, PhD
    LaFramboise is concerned with helping ethnic minority students survive acculturation pressure, cultural adjustment, discrimination, major life transitions and other stresses that are so typical — and so often neglected — in children and adolescents.

  • Marigold Linton, PhD
    Linton was the the first American Indian to earn a PhD in psychology, and she has been an advocate for American Indians in the advancement of degrees in the sciences.

  • Arthur McDonald, PhD
    The first American Indian man to earn a doctorate in psychology.

  • Pamela Jumper Thurman, PhD
    Thurman has 25 years of experience in mental health, substance abuse/epidemiology research and HIV/AIDS capacity building assistance.

  • Tawa Witko, PsyD
    Witko works to raise awareness in APA of the mental health needs of American Indians and to support other psychologists who want to work with the American Indian community.