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Commitment to Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice

Mission

Roosevelt University aspires to be a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens and aims to recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse population of students to create a pluralistic community.  The PsyD program in Clinical Psychology shares this commitment to diversity, which is reflected in the core competencies of our training.  These include developing our students’ ability to establish rapport and work with clients of different backgrounds and to teach them to recognize the role of culture in assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment.

University and Department Climate

Roosevelt University is nationally recognized for its diverse student body, and we are especially high-ranked in terms of our percentage of African American undergraduate and graduate students. We are also proud of our diverse faculty in the Department of Psychology, which includes Latino, Asian, and African Americans.  All of our faculty members are committed to mentoring students of color.

See the following webpage for the range of diverse student organizations: http://www.roosevelt.edu/CSI/Orgs.

Training Opportunities

Diversity and multiculturalism are addressed in depth in a core course, Multicultural Psychology and Psychotherapy. However, these issues are also infused into coursework through the curriculum. Our students gain clinical experience by completing practicum placements in sites located throughout the Chicago area.  Our location provides students with many opportunities to work with clients whose backgrounds vary in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. Doctoral students also have the opportunity to learn directly from faculty members whose research and clinical interests focus on multiculturalism. For example:

•  Dr. James Choca, Chair of the Department of Psychology, studies the norms of the Spanish version of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and is currently developing versions of the Emotional Assessment System, a questionnaire of emotional functioning, in other languages. In his clinical work, he evaluates the emotional health of individuals currently being deported, and the effect that the deportation or threat of deportation has on the family.

•  Dr. Susan Torres-Harding’s research interests include how gender and culture impact individuals’ coping with chronic illness. She also investigates the efficacy of psychological interventions in culturally diverse and traditionally underserved populations. Clinically, she has had extensive experience providing and supervising psychotherapy and psychological assessment for adults, children, and families of diverse backgrounds, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, individuals of lower socioeconomic status, and individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.  Dr. Torres-Harding has a particular interest in cultural, linguistic, and acculturation issues as they relate to Latinos and has conducted research and psychotherapy in Spanish and English.

•  Dr. Catherine Campbell’s research currently focuses on physical and psychological effects of adaptive sports participation. She is also examining healthcare trainee competence when working with physical disabilities. 

•  Dr. Steven Meyers’ research addresses how children’s well being and family dynamics are influenced by broader social factors, including race and socioeconomic status.  In particular, he has examined how neighborhood conditions determine the adaptiveness of parenting styles, and he has explored resilience in children growing up in adverse conditions.  He has written about ways to infuse social justice into the psychology curriculum.

Financial Aid

Roosevelt University offers graduate students scholarships, assistantships, and work study opportunities.  Our students have also received financial awards from the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunities Program (ICEOP).