Councils & Committees

Diversity Council

The purpose of the Diversity Council and its Committees is to provide communication, oversight, and coordination of major Division interests, activities, and goals related to issues of diversity. To promote and enhance diversity in health psychology, the Diversity Council maintains liaison relationships with the APA Public Interest Directorate and informs the Executive Committee and other Division Councils and Committees regarding matters of diversity that may impact their plans and goals.

The Diversity Council focuses its collective efforts on issues of minority health and health disparities. Each committee continues autonomous efforts while providing their perspective on these issues. Our goals include providing information to our membership through enhanced website content, webinars, a regular column in the newsletter, and programming at the annual conference.

Chair: John Ruiz, Ph.D.,


Information about diversity, Racism, and health Disparities

  • Defining diversity is more complex than many realize. For a discussion of diversity and the meaning of diversity, check out this link.
  • Racism has deep implications for health. Read more about Racism and Socioeconomic Status to Health here.
  • Health disparities are a significant challenge facing health care. Find out more about them by reading this pdf.



Race and ethnicity-related health disparities remain a significant challenge to our national health. A diverse research workforce can contribute novel ideas and perspectives that may improve identification of risk and optimize the development of effective treatments. However, racial/ethnic minorities remain under-represented in nearly all facets of the research endeavor. Early career researchers from underrepresented groups face a host of unique challenges ranging from lack of local relatable role models to tokenism. Effective mentoring can help the individual to develop their potential as a researcher and contribute the diversification of the research community. The goal of this symposium was to provide the audience with a state-of-the-science review of efforts to improve mentoring of early career researchers from under-represented groups. The symposium featured 6 speakers who discussed the topic from the national level, to best practices, to the experience of the mentees. Dr. Lula A. Beatty from the APA Public Interest Directorate and Senior Director of Health Disparities discussed national efforts to increase the diversity of under-represented researchers.  Dr. John P. Elder and Dr. Greg Talavera introduced the Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) and discussed mentoring within this program structure. Drs. Daniel Lopez-Cevallos and John M. Ruiz described their experiences as mentees as well as challenges and rewards of early career mentorship. Finally, Division 38 President Dr. Annette Stanton served as discussant although an associated PowerPoint is not available. We hope you find these presentations of value and are happy to correspond.

Presentations (.ppt format)

  1. Introduction
  2. Diversity Programs – Dr. Lula Beatty
  3. Example of a Mentoring Program – Drs. John Elder and Greg Talavera
  4. A Mentee’s Experience – Dr. Daniel Lopez-Cevallos
  5. A Mentee’s Experience – Dr. John Ruiz


This symposium was organized to help you:

  1. Review current knowledge on the importance of early career mentoring of under-represented groups as well as national efforts to improve such mentoring.

  2. Gain familiarity with various models and approaches to mentoring researchers from under-represented backgrounds as well as gain an appreciation for the challenges and benefits of being mentored.


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