A COMMITMENT TO Equity, DIVERSITY
Our program has a longstanding commitment to equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI), based on our mission to educate clinicians and scientists that can best serve our military and our nation’s health. We strive to create a learning environment that is both safe and growth promoting for students and the department as a whole.
We seek applications from diverse individuals, particularly applicants from backgrounds and identities underrepresented in psychology and science. This includes individuals from underrepresented communities defined by race, ethnicity, sexual/gender minority identification, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and individuals who are among the first in their family to obtain an undergraduate degree. We recognize that many come with intersecting identities and identities they wish to keep private. For our program, we have adopted an infusion model of diversity and multicultural training, which means that multicultural issues are addressed throughout the curriculum. We include discussions on the topics of EDI in all areas of training, from classes to practicum experiences. For example, foundations courses ask students to do readings and engage in discussions related to cultural humility, particularly with respect to interventions and assessments. Additionally, our Diversity course, taken during year three, asks students to read about and write reflection papers on intersecting identities, bias and privilege, and advocating for equity and inclusion.
Our faculty, support staff, and lab members are from diverse backgrounds. Several of our faculty have research foci targeting topics related to diversity and health equity. Our students are encouraged to engage in research designed to further the health and well-being of individuals whose identities have been associated with poorer health outcomes, as is the case for health in equities, and to engage in research designed to understand psychological constructs and phenomenon that have often not been examined among individuals holding diverse identities.
Finally, we are fortunate to be part of the Military Health System and to be located in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, which affords students the opportunity to work with diverse active duty and civilian clients through externships and practicums, as well as the opportunity to conceptualize their clinical work from a multicultural perspective. Through these experiences, students are encouraged to explore their own identities and to develop an understanding regarding how their identities impact their clinical work with clients.
APA Guidebook: Applying to Graduate and Professional Programs
APA Resource Guide for Graduate Students with Disabilities
APAGS Guide for LGBT Students Navigating Graduate Training (Proud and Prepared)
APAGS Resource Guide for Ethnic Minority Students
APA Minority Fellowship Program