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Diversity Challenge - 2007

Invited Speakers

2007 Invited Speakers:


Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D.
University of Miami

EtionyDr. Aldarondo is the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Education at the University of Miami.  He is a national leader in domestic violence research and social justice-based clinical practices.  A recipient of various recognitions for academic excellence, his scholarship aims to promote both individual healing and social transformation.  His publications include Advancing Social Justice through Clinical Practice (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) and Programs for Men Who Batter:  Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society (Civic Research Institute with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.).  Dr. Aldarondo has a long history of involvement with grass roots advocacy organizations and federal government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institute of Justice.  He currently serves on the national boards of directors for the Council on Contemporary Families, the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, and the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.

Anabel Bejarano, Ph.D.
Private Practice, San Diego, CA

Dr. Bejarano

Dr. Bejarano received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY) at City College in 2000. Subsequently, she completed postdoctoral training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics with a specialty in childhood trauma. Dr. Bejarano is currently a licensed child psychologist in San Diego, California with teaching experience with pediatric residents, social workers, MA level graduate students, and undergraduates. Her areas of expertise are on issues of race, ethnicity, and social class and how these factors influence development; quality of mother-child attachment; life stages; trauma; and psychopathology. Additionally, Dr. Bejarano has developed and collaborated on various research projects focused on the experiences of racial and ethnic minority groups in community samples. Her current research centers on cross cultural clinical research on issues of ethnic identity development, acculturation and trauma for Latino youths.

Guillermo Bernal, Ph.D.
University of Puerto Rico

Dr. BernalDr. Bernal is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the University Psychological Services and Research Center at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. He received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1978. He then joined the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital, where he was involved in training, research, and development of mental health services responsive to ethnic minorities. He has published over 85 journal articles and book chapters on marital therapy, Hispanic families, drug abuse, and outcome research. He has served on NIMH, NIDA and Ford Foundation review groups, as well as on several editorial boards. Most recently, Bernal has been involved in training and development of Hispanic psychologists through NIMH-sponsored research and training grants at UPR.

Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D.
Rutgers University

Nancy Dr. Boyd-Franklin is a nationally and internationally known family therapist and a Professor at Rutgers University who focuses primarily on the mental health concerns of African American children, adolescents, and families. She has authored or co-authors five books: Black Families in Therapy: A Multisystem Approach; Children, Families, and HIV/AIDS: Psychosocial and Therapeutic Issues; Reaching Out in Family Therapy: Home-Based, School and Community Interventions, with Dr. Brenna Bry; and Boys Into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons, with Dr. Anderson J. Franklin. In 2003, Guildford Press published her latest book, the second edition of Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience. Dr. Boyd-Franklin’s special interests include multicultural issues, the treatment of African American families, ethnicity and family therapy, marital and couples therapy, the multi-systems approach to the treatment of inner-city families, issues for women of color, and the development of a model of therapeutic support groups for African American women.

Alfiee Breland-Noble, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical School

YvonneDr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is a tenure track assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center. Her broad research interests include improving treatment engagement for psychiatric illness in African American and other children of color and the diagnosis and treatment of adolescent depression in clinical trials. Currently, Dr. Breland-Noble is the principal investigator of the AAKOMA project; a study examining readiness to engage in treatment for African-American adolescents with major depression. This project is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Breland- Noble received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters in Counseling from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University. In addition, she is currently completing a thesis for a Masters degree in Health Sciences (clinical trials) at the Duke School of Medicine.

Jean Lau Chin, Ed. D.
Adelphi University

JeanDr. Chin is a licensed psychologist with more than 30 years of experience as an administrator, educator, clinician, and consultant in the health, mental health, and human services fields. She has served as a faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine, and was Co-Director of the Thom Clinic, Executive Director of South Cove Community Health Center, and President of CEO Services. Dr. Chin served as Systemwide Dean and Professor of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She currently serves as Professor and Dean of the Derner Institute of Applied Psychological Studies. Dr. Chin has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in professional publications on women’s issues, cultural competence, Asian American, and ethnic minority issues. She recently completed a four-volume set, The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination, which covers racism, ethnicity, gender, and all forms of discrimination, and Learning From My Mother's Voice, a book on family bonds using oral history and mythology as a healing tool and transformational journey for immigrant families. She also serves as the series editor of Race and Ethnicity in Psychology (Praeger Press). She has received honors from the Women in Philanthropy, Asian American Psychological Association, Association for Women in Psychology, and by the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council. She holds an Ed.D. and M.A. in school psychology from Columbia University, and a B.S. in psychology from Brooklyn College.

Anderson J. Franklin, Ph.D.
Boston College

AJDr. Franklin is the Honorable David S. Nelson Professional Chair in Education at Boston College. Dr. Franklin’s research focuses broadly upon resilience and psychological well-being of African Americans, particularly African American men. Part of this work includes validation of an original index measuring psychological well-being in collaboration with the Program of Research on Black Americans at ISR, University of Michigan. His clinical work along with understanding resilience among people of African descent has also led to developing a theory on visibility syndrome which is viewed as the subjective experience of disregard of one’s presence and personal identity when in racialized contexts and confronting the burden of gender and racial stigma. Dr. Franklin was a delegate for the American Psychological Association in the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.

Yvonne Jenkins, Ph.D.
Boston College

AlfieeDr. Jenkins is a Faculty member of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College. The Institute model focuses on growth-fostering relationships as the central human necessity and disconnections as the source of psychological problems. It assumes that all growth-fostering relationships and all disconnections are constructed within specific cultural contexts. In addition, she is a Senior Staff Psychologist at University Counseling Service of Boston College. Prior to her current roles, Dr. Jenkins served as a Staff Psychologist at Harvard University Health Services. She currently has a Private Practice located in Brookline, MA and is the author of numerous book chapters and articles. Additionally, Dr. Jenkins is the Coauthor of Diversity in Psychotherapy: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Gender and Community Health Psychology: Empowerment for Diverse Communities and is Editor of Diversity in College settings: Directives for Health Professionals.

Martin LaRoche, Ph.D.
Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

MartinDr. LaRoche is a Latino/American psychologist who received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts- Boston in 1996. He has been Director of Psychology Training at the Martha Eliot Health Center for the last eleven years, where he treats an inner city and culturally diverse community and trains doctoral level psychology students. In addition, Dr. La Roche is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital. Dr. La Roche is Co-Chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs at the Massachusetts Psychological Association and has recently been elected as a board member at this same institution. In addition, Dr. La Roche is a private practitioner in the Cambridge area. He has authored numerous papers on specific ways to provide ethnic minorities with culturally competent psychotherapeutic services and is currently the Principal Investigator on several research projects in which he is refining these strategies. Dr. LaRoche has received several research/academic awards such as the Bollinger award at UMass/Boston, and several from the Harvard Medical School such as the Milton Fund Research Award, The Pilot Research Award and the Bridgeaward among many others.

James R. Mahalik. Ph.D.
Boston College

JimDr. Mahalik received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland in 1990. He is a professor and Director of Training in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College and Fellow of the American Psychological Association Societies of Counseling Psychology (17) and Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (51). He has spoken nationally and authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters related to his specialty interests, which include understanding the sources of gender role conformity and how it affects developmental, psychological, relational, and physical well-being for individuals, families and communities, along with how gender role conformity affects men's utilization of and experiences with psychotherapy and medical care and frequency of health-related behaviors.

Joseph E. Trimble, Ph.D.
Western Washington University

JoeDr. Trimble is a Professor of Psychology at Western Washington University, a Senior Scholar at the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University, and a Research Associate for the National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Throughout his thirty five-year career, Dr. Trimble has focused his efforts on promoting psychological and sociocultural research with indigenous populations, especially American Indians and Alaska Natives. For the past 25 years, he has been working on drug abuse prevention research models for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. He has collaborated on a series of studies concerning the etiology of drug abuse among American Indian youth, and has been involved in promoting drug use research among America's ethnic minority populations. He has presented over 150 papers, invited addresses, and invited lectures at professional meetings, and has generated over 140 publications and technical reports on topics in psychology and higher education research including 16 authored or edited books. The majority of his articles, book chapters, and books focus on the role of culture ethnicity in psychology, with an emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native populations. In the past decade, though, Dr. Trimble has expanded his interests to include writing and research on ethnic and racial identity, cultural measurement equivalence, spirituality, and ethnics, as well as contributing to the growth of ethnic psychology.

Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D.
Boston College

CarolynDr. Tucker is a Professor of Psychology, Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. She is also one of only ten Distinguished Alumni Professors at the University of Florida. This professorship is an honor established to recognize excellence in teaching, research, and service. Her professional activities include conducting research, teaching, providing therapy part-time at Family Practice Medical Center, and working as a national and international consultant in the areas of behavioral medicine, culturally sensitive health care, and family/community health promotion. She is also an avid researcher in the areas of (a) patient-centered culturally sensitive health care assessment and intervention, (b) health and wellness promotion and obesity/overweight modification interventions for racial/ethnic minority and low income families, children, adolescents, and communities, and (c) children's problem behaviors and academic performance. She has been awarded numerous federal and state research and training grants and contracts totaling well over $4 million. She currently is the principal investigator for two major research projects at the University of Florida: (1) the "Patient-Centered Culturally Sensitive Health Care and Health Promotion Project", which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and (2) the "Family Health Self-Empowerment Project", which is funded by the PepsiCo Foundation.