New APA report focuses on mental health care for immigrants

The report of APA’s Presidential Task Force on Immigration provides a realistic portrait of America’s immigrant population and draws attention to implications for psychological research, practice, education and public policy.

New APA report focuses on mental health care treatment for immigrantsWhile aimed at a range of constituencies, the report helps psychological researchers, practitioners and graduate students understand the psychological process of immigration and the demographic transformation of our nation. It also provides facts that dispel common myths about immigrants.

“We have identified an urgent need in scientific research and clinical settings to consider the unique aspects of immigrant populations, particularly with regard to culture and language,” said task force Chairwoman Carola Suárez-Orozco, PhD. Current psychological assessment tools, such as tests and batteries, often are not adapted to account for culture and language, the report notes.

The report’s three major goals are to: 

  1. raise awareness about this growing (but poorly understood) population; 

  2. derive evidence-informed recommendations for the provision of mental health services to immigrants; and 

  3. make recommendations to improve education, research, practice and policy affecting immigrants of all ages and backgrounds.

Upcoming events include a briefing on Capitol Hill on May 9 and an APA Clinician’s Corner workshop based on the report on May 11.

Members can read the report’s executive summary (PDF, 409KB) and look for continuing coverage in the Monitor on Psychology and American Psychologist, as well as on APA’s listservs and social media sites. Text of the full report is available from the APA Public Affairs Office.