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Dericka Canada

Dericka Canada is a Diversity Fellow and a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Boston College. She earned her MEd in Counseling Psychology as a University Fellow, and her BA in Psychology with honors from the University of Louisville located in Louisville, KY. She is a graduate student affiliate of the American Psychological Association, Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) and Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women).

Dericka joined the ISPRC team in the fall of 2011 and currently serves as Team Coordinator and as one of the 2013 Diversity Challenge Conference Coordinators. She is also currently involved in developing a curriculum for an institute on racial identity for undergraduate students in collaboration with Boston College Office of AHANA and Office of Student Formation. Her current research interests involve examining the effects of racial and ethnic identity on the psychosocial well-being of Black individuals, families, and communities.  She is also interested in exploring the intersections of gender and racial issues, particularly colorism and racialized body image among Black women.


Dericka‚Äôs clinical experiences have included individual and group counseling within a private school, child and family therapy with individuals and families of Color within a community mental health center, psychological assessment at a state mental hospital, as well as college counseling and community outreach at private and public universities.  In her spare time, Dericka enjoys connecting with individuals from her faith community, cooking, traveling to spend time with her family and friends, listening to music, and exploring Boston.

Dericka Canada