Meet the Staff
Dericka Canada is a Diversity Fellow and a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Boston College. She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology as a University Fellow, and her B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of Louisville located in Louisville, KY. She is a graduate student affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA), 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). She was also recently appointed to serve as a member on APA’s Student and Early Career Advisory Council on Publishing (SECAP) in which she will serve a two year term from 2015-2017.
Dericka joined the ISPRC team in the Fall of 2011 and currently serves as team coordinator and as one of the 2014 Diversity Challenge conference coordinators. She recently collaborated with Boston College AHANA and Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Formation to develop a curriculum and help coordinate a retreat called the Racial Identity Development Experience (RIDE), aimed at engaging undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds on conversations about race and racial identity development. Her current research interests involve examining the influence of racial identity and race-related experiences on the psychosocial well-being of Black individuals, families, and communities. She is also interested in exploring the intersections of race- and gender-related experiences among Black women, specifically exploring racialized body image and colorism experiences.
Dericka’s past 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 more recently college counseling and community outreach at private and public universities. Dericka enjoys working with college students, particularly on issues around race and racial identity and developing support groups and initiatives to foster psychosocial well-being of college students of Color. 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 the city of Boston.