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Diversity Challenge 2012 Invited Speakers

What to Do about Race and Culture and Violence


Ricardo Ainslie, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Professor. A native of Mexico City, Ricardo Ainslie teaches in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2002 the Texas Psychological Association recognized him with its “Outstanding Contribution to Science” award. Dr. Ainslie was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2006. In 2009 the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis recognized his work with its “Science Award.” In 2010 he was asked to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Presidential Taskforce on Immigration. Dr. Ainslie was also named a Guggenheim Fellow that year and received a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Psychoanalysis and Social Responsibility Achievement Award.

Robert T. Carter, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Carter is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College.  His research and scholarship focuses on issues of race and culture.  He is internationally known for his work on White and Black racial identity.  Dr. Carter has applied analyses of race, racial identity, and culture to psychotherapy process and outcome, legal issues, organizational development, health disparities, disaster mental health and preparedness, and educational equity. 

Alison Crosby, Ph.D., York University, Associate Professor, School of  Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Crosby’s research focuses on anti-racist feminist contestations of ongoing histories of militarized, colonial, and imperial violence. She has engaged in activist-orientated research in Guatemala for the past twenty years, including, and most recently, a participatory action research project with indigenous women survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict in that country. She is currently developing a new collaborative comparative project on memorialization struggles by ‘communities of the sorrowing’ in Guatemala and Sri Lanka.

Mary Fukuyama, Ph.D., University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center, Clinical Professor and Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Fukuyama has spent the past 30 years as a counseling psychologist, supervisor, and trainer at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center.  She is a clinical professor and teaches a graduate course on spirituality and multicultural counseling for mental health professionals. She has co-authored two textbooks, Integrating Spirituality into Multicultural Counseling with Todd Sevig, and Consciousness Raising: A Primer for Multicultural Counseling with W. Max Parker. Her research interests include the qualitative study of "multicultural expressions of spirituality".

Teresa LaFromboise, Ph.D., Stanford University, Associate Professor of Education. Dr. LaFromboise 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. She is a counseling psychologist with clinical and teaching experience in a wide variety of university and American Indian reservation settings.  She is the developer of the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum of problem-based lessons aimed at increasing social emotional competence and reducing the risk of suicide among American Indian adolescents. Proven successful with high school students, this curriculum is being extended to younger students and evaluated in a multi-site effectiveness study. Dr. LaFromboise is also investigating cultural, social, and psychological indicators of adolescent risk behavior.

M. Brinton Lykes, Ph.D., Boston College, Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, and Associate Director for the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. Dr. Lykes has written extensively on social suffering and the psychosocial consequences for survivors of war, placement, and terror.  She has engaged with communities in participatory action research projects in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and South Africa, working primarily with women and children survivors of political violence.  After spending six months in Argentina studying psychodrama, Lykes was able to reconnect with her childhood love of the arts. 

Lisa Patel Stevens, Ph.D., Boston College, Associate Professor. Dr. Patel Stevens' research interests include the  sociology of education, the intersections of language and power in society, immigration and education, qualitative research methodologies, and critical race theory. Prior to working in the academy, Patel Stevens worked as a secondary school teacher, journalist, policymaker, and consultant.

Anthony A. Peguero, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Research Affiliate at the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech. Dr. Peguero’s research interests include youth violence and juvenile justice; race, ethnicity, and immigration; stratification and inequality; schools and education; and  latino/a sociology. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice and the Crime and Deviance Section of Sociology Compass. Dr. Peguero is also a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network which holds the goals of advancing research on the intersection of race, crime and justice and of promoting racial democracy within the study of these issues by supporting junior scholars from under-represented groups.

M. Gabriela Torres, Ph.D., Wheaton College, Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Dr. Torres’s research focuses on issues of gender, violence, and ethnicity within the context of Guatemala’s history of armed conflict and centuries’ old repression of indigenous peoples.  She has studied the historical context preceding the current attention to feminicide, and in 2010 published an award-winning article based on this work and co-authored with David Carey Jr, Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence.  Her current work explores issues of class and insecurity in urban Guatemala, art and labor in the framing of Guatemala's dead, and women’s violence against women in post-war Guatemala. 

Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj, Ph.D., Support Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples, Executive Director. As an anthropologist and journalist, Dr. Velasquez Nimatuj has been in the vanguard of the struggle for respect for economics, social and political rights of the indigenous people of Guatemala. Dr. Velasquez Nimatuj is the first k'iche' woman with a doctorate in Social Anthropology in Guatemala. As a journalist she has acquired multiple awards nationally for her written and graphic publications.

John Westefeld, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Professor in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. Dr. Westefeld has served as Past President of APA Division 17, Counseling Psychology (2009-2010) and Director of the PhD Program in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University (1983-1991). He has presented and published extensively on issues of suicide and suicide assessment, and men’s health. He has published such works with an integration of gender and spirituality, creating models and methods for prevention and intervention.