Diversity and Inclusion

Please stay tuned for a call for nominations for the Diversity Committee in the Fall. Incoming students are eligible, and self-nominations are welcome! We would need a brief statement on your interest in the committee and your assessment of what makes you a good candidate.

Our program affirms that the benefits of psychology should be accessible to all people, regardless of background. Moreover, we should conduct research and provide services in a manner that accounts for strengths of diverse peoples. From developing theories to conducting research to delivering professional services, the work of psychologists must consider and infuse considerations of diversity, in all its forms. We live in an increasingly pluralistic society and psychology should be on the leading edge of creating a climate of inclusiveness among the members of our profession and the people they serve.

We also affirm the principle that psychologists should be trained to offer services to diverse populations. In pursuit of this goal, students in our training program will be required to provide services to persons whose cultural backgrounds, beliefs, religious values, or lifestyles may be different from their own. Should unanticipated conflicts arise for any student, faculty are committed to working with the student to be certain cultural competence is achieved.

What Diversity Means to Us

Doctoral Program Diversity Committee

The Program Diversity Committee (PDC) was formed in 2017 and comprises students and faculty. By nature, the work of the committee is organic as we try to respond to psychologically pertinent cultural developments. Our mission supports that of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Statement.

Our major goals are to:

  • Draw attention to the ways in which we, as researchers, clinicians, and teachers, can incorporate a greater understanding of diversity into our multiple professional roles
  • Promote diversity and inclusion among faculty and students of our department>
  • Encourage integration of diversity training throughout our curriculum
  • Promote awareness of university and community events related to diversity and inclusion

The PDC is composed of faculty members and students who are committed to these goals and ensuring our Program is welcoming and supportive of all people. The current members of the Diversity Committee are:


  • Laura E. Drislane, Ph.D. (Chair)
  • Temilola K. Salami, Ph.D.
  • Craig E. Henderson, Ph.D.
  • Mary Alice Conroy, Ph.D., ABPP
  • Jared R. Ruchensky, Ph.D.


  • Jasmine C. Phillips (Co-Chair)
  • Betsy E. Galicia
  • Joshua Francis
  • Grace Boland
  • Kelci C. Davis
  • Debbie S. Torres
  • Stephanie L. Goodwin
  • Cayla S. Hari
  • Cody R. Sze
  • Trenten R. Foulkrod
  • Alice Lima Custodio
  • Dr. Amanda Venta, a faculty member in our department and associate faculty member for the Doctoral Program, is the one of the Co-Chairs of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • We are particularly proud of our faculty members and our colleagues around campus who have been identified as Champions of Diversity.

Diversity Research in the Doctoral Program

One manner the PDC, along with all students and faculty members in our program, has pursued these goals is through high-quality research and other scholarship. Our students have published research and presented at regional and national conferences on various topics related to all forms of diversity. Below are some recent examples of these scholarly accomplishments (please also see our student publications and presentations):

  • We are very proud of Anna Abate, who received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institutes of Mental Health.
    • Her fellowship was funded for $104, 730 and support her dissertation project, The Effect of Stereotype Threat in Police Encounters on Behavioral and Affective Outcomes.
    • Anna’s study will examine the neurobiological and social cognitive mechanisms associated with the mental (i.e., anxiety and depression) and behavioral (i.e., aggression) outcomes of stereotype threat in a police encounter among minority young adults.
    • She seeks to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms (e.g., biological, cognitive) by which stereotype threat relates to psychopathology in minority young adults.
  • Dr. Venta recently received a grant for $300,000 from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities for her project, The Physiological and Relational Bases of Persistent Posttraumatic Stress in Latino Immigrant Youth
  • Dr. Craig Henderson recently received an Enhance Research Grant from SHSU for $15,000 to fund a new project in his lab — Discrimination and Substance Use Among Ethnic Minority Emerging Adults.
  • Drs. Salami and Henderson recently received a Sam Houston State University Research Enhancement Grant ($15,000) for their study, Discrimination and Substance Use among Ethnic Minority Young Adults
  • Drs. Salami and Ratcliff are collaborating with Dr. Lu-Chun Weng in our Department of Political Science on a project funded through the Interdisciplinary Collaborations Grant Program/Office of Research & Sponsored Programs ($19,963) titled, The Stressful Political Information in American Survey: Politics and Psychology.
    • Drs. Salami and Ratcliff received an additional $9000 through the Sam Houston State University FAST Award/EURECA grant programs to fund the undergraduate research assistants working on this project


Bailey, C. A., McIntyre, E., Arreola, A., & Venta, A. (in press). What are we missing? A glance at immigrant narratives in two languages. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Hayslip, B., Toledo, R. M., Henderson, C.E., Rodriguez, R. M., Dolan, D.M., Valencia, Y.Z., & Vela, D.M. (in press). Cross-Cultural Differences in the Experience of Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships and Related Outcomes. International Journal of Aging and Human Development.

Mercado, A., Venta, A., Henderson, C., & Pimentel, N. (in press). Trauma and cultural values in the health of recently immigrated families. Journal of Health Psychology.

Salami, T. K., Carter, S., Cordova, B., & Walker, R. L. (in press). Race-related stress, depressive symptoms, cultural worldview, eating disorder pathology in a community sample of African American women: A moderated mediation analysis. Journal of Black Psychology.

Venta, A., Bailey, C., Muñoz, C., Godinez, E., Colin, Y., Arreola, A., Abate, A., Camins, J., Rivas, M., & Lawlace, S. (in press). The incremental contribution of schools to the mental health and resilience of recently immigrated youth. School Psychology Quarterly.

Abate, A., & Venta, A. (2018). Perceptions of the legal system and recidivism: Investigating the mediating role of perceptions of chances for success in juvenile offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45, 541–560.

Bailey, C. A., Venta, A., Crosby, J., Varela, J., & Boccaccini, M. (2018). The effect of unpreparedness for immigration court on psychopathology. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 20, 419-435.

Ball, E. M., Abate, A., Airrington, M. D., Taylor, L. K., & Venta, A. C (2018). When and how do race and ethnicity explain patterns of dysfunctional discipline? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 966-978.

Burks, A. C., Cramer, R. J., Henderson, C. E., Stroud, C. H., Crosby, J. W., & Graham, J. (2018). Frequency, Nature and Correlates of Hate Crime Victimization Experiences in an Urban Sample of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Members. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33, 402-420.

Metzger, I. W., Salami, T. K., Carter, S., Halliday-Boykins, C., Anderson, R. E., Jernigan, M. M., & Ritchwood, T. (2018). African American emerging adults’ experiences with racial discrimination and drinking habits: The moderating roles of perceived stress. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 24, 489.

Walker, R. L., Salami, T. K., Carter, S., & Flowers, K. C. (2018). Religious coping style and cultural worldview are associated with suicide ideation among African American adults. Archives of Suicide Research, 22, 106-117.

Canales, E. J., Kan, L. Y. & Varela, J. G. (2017). Forensic assessment with Hispanic and limited English-proficient Hispanic evaluees: A survey of practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 122-130.

Gaskin-Wasson, A. L., Calamaras, M. R., LoParo, D., Goodnight, B. L., Remmert, B. C., Salami, T. K., ... & Kaslow, N. J. (2017). Childhood emotional abuse, self/other attachment, and hopelessness in African-American women. Attachment & Human Development, 19, 22-37.

Najjar, L. Z., Leasure, J. L., Henderson, C. E., Young, C. M., & Neighbors, C. (2017). Religious perceptions of alcohol consumption and drinking behaviors among religious and non-religious individuals. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 19, 1028-1041.

Odafe, M. O., Salami, T. K., & Walker, R. L. (2017). Race-related stress and hopelessness in community-based African American adults: Moderating role of social support. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23, 561-569.

Salami, T. K., Walker, R. L., & Beach, S. R. (2017). Comparison of helplessness and hopelessness as sources of cognitive vulnerability among black and white college students. Journal of Black Psychology, 43, 565-587.

Steinka-Fry, K., Tanner-Smith, E., Dakof, G., & Henderson, C. (2017). Culturally sensitive substance use treatment for racial/ethnic minority youth: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 75, 22-37.


Babu, J., Price, J., Huber, T., Del Valle, M., & Salami, T. K. (2019, November). Understanding psychology students' perceptions of human trafficked victims. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Texas Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Bailey, C. A., Marshall, K., & Henderson, C. (2019, November). Considerations for extreme hardship evaluations. Workshop presentation at the annual conference of the Texas Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Galicia, B. E., Bailey, C. A., Zetino, Y. L., & Venta, A. C. (2019, November). The protective role of cultural values on PTSD symptoms in Latinx immigrant youth. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Texas Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Boland, G., Fuller, E., & Salami, T. (2019, October). Addressing mental health stigma among law enforcement officers. Workshop presentation at the 6th Annual Mental Health Conference, Galveston, TX.

Carbajal, I., & Galicia, B.E. (2019, October). Bicultural Identity Development. Roundtable presentation at the 2019 National Latinx Psychological Association conference, Miami, FL.

Cordova, B. A., & Salami, T. K. (2019, October). In-group discrimination, political stress, political involvement, and active coping among ethnic minority populations. Poster presentation at the annual conference for the Texas Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Engelken, C., Boland, G., Ricardo, M., & Salami, T. (2019, October). An exploration of gender as a moderator in the relationship between supervisor support and PTSD in law enforcement. Poster presentation at the annual convention of the Texas Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Galicia, B. E., Bailey, C. A., Salinas, K. Z., Briones, M., & Venta, A. (2019, October). Supervisor and supervisees’ reflections on clinical training with unaccompanied Latinx immigrant minors. Roundtable [to be] presentation at the biennial National Latinx Psychological Association Conference, Miami, FL.

Babu, J., Huber, T., Del Valle, M., & Salami, T. K. (2019, August). Understanding Criminal Justice Students' Perceptions of Human Trafficked Victims. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association 2019 Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Bailey, C. A., Venta, A. C., & Langley, H. (2019, August). The bilingual [dis]advantage. Paper presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Henderson, C. E., Anderson-White, E., Frampton, A., Mellenkompf, K., Krembuszewski, B., Smith, T., Stallard, C., Duane, C., Crosby, J., & Henderson, S. (2019, August). Daily variation in spiritual experiences and relation with life satisfaction among emerging adults. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Ricardo, M. M., Henderson, C. E., Anderson-White, E., Christensen, M. R., Krembuszewski, B. & Kurus, S. J. (2019, August). Assumptions of defendant identity at the intersection of crime and substance use. Poster presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL

Venta, A., Bailey, C., Long, T., Mercado, A., & Colunga, C. (2019, July). Self-reported attachment in young adults who were once left behind by caregiver migration. In K. Jones-Mason & N. Gribneau Bahm (Chairs) and M. Steele (Discussant), Parent-child separation at the border: Lessons from attachment theory. Symposium presentation at the biennial International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Bailey, C. A., Salinas, K. Z., Briones, M. Galicia, B. E., Hugo, S., Hunter, K., Johnson, D., & Venta, A. C. (2019, March). Racial and gender disparities in probation conditions. Paper presentation at the Annual American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Portland, OR.

Bailey, C. A., Salinas, K., & Venta, A. C. (2018, November). Forensic practice: Implications for competency to stand trial. In A. Venta (Chair), Culture shock: How differences between Latinx and U.S. systems affect clinical and forensic practice. Symposium presentation at the annual conference of the Texas Psychological Association, Frisco, TX.

Cordova, B. A., Mead, T., Carter, S. E., Walker, R. L., Flowers, K. C., & Salami, T. K. (2018, November). Race-related stress, depressive symptoms, cultural world view and eating disorder pathology in African-American women. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Texas Psychological Association, Frisco, TX.

Galicia, B.E., Long, T., & Venta, A.C. (2018, November). Perceived Social Support in Citizen, Documented, DACA, and Undocumented Latinx Immigrant Undergraduates. Poster presentation at the 2018 Annual Texas Psychological Association, Frisco, TX. 

Lawson, E. S., Walker, M., Metzger, I. W., & Salami, T. K. (2018, November). The impact of microaggressions on African American college students’ worry about their future employment. Poster presentation at the annual conference of Texas Psychological Association. Frisco, TX.

Bailey, C. A., McIntyre, E., Arreola, A., & Venta, A. (2018, August). Lost in translation: A glance at immigrant narratives in two languages. In S. Marotta-Walters (Chair), Understanding and communicating trauma in diverse populations: The role of language and identity. Paper presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Camins, J. S., Varela, J. G., Henderson, C. E., Kimbrel, N. A., Meyer, E. C., Morissette, S. B., & DeBeer, B. B. (2018, August). Veteran criminal justice involvement: Examining individuals diagnosed with PTSD or Schizophrenia. Poster presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California. 

Long, T., Galicia, B. E., & Venta, A.C. (2018, July). Association of Cultural Values and Drinking in Latino Immigrant Undergraduates. Poster presentation at the 5th Biennial APA Division 45 Research Conference, Austin, TX.

Bailey, C. A. & Venta, A. (2018, March). Predicting who will have a lawyer in immigration court: A study of youth. Poster presentation at the Annual American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Memphis, TN.

Krembuszewski, B., Anderson-White, E., Boland, G., Blossom, L., Walker, M., & Henderson, C. (2019, February). Inclusion, acceptance, and bumps along the road.

Boland, G., Engelken, C., & Salami, T. (2019, February). Fostering inclusion through leadership identity development.

Cordova, B., Babu, J., Abate, A., Varela. J., & Salami. T. K. (2019, February). Don’t put your expectations on me: From stereotypes to prophecy.

Boland, G., Engelken, C., & Salami, T. (2019, February). Fostering inclusion through leadership identity development.

Davis, K. C., Boland, J. K., & Henderson, C. E. (2019, February). The Intersectional Self: Opening the Narrative of Identities. 

Long, T., Galicia, B., Francis, J., & Varela, J. (2019, February). Cultural plunges: A holistic discussion on implementing cultural trainings.

Long, T., Yenne, E., & Henderson, C. (2018, February). SHSU clinical psychology doctoral program diversity committee: Successes, challenges, and future directions.

Diversity-Related Training Opportunities

The demographic landscape of the United States is changing at an unparalleled pace. Clinical psychology, and especially forensic psychology, must prepare to meet the changing needs of this diverse population. The PDC, along with the entire Doctoral Program, is committed to ensuring our current students become the culturally competent psychologists of tomorrow. To this end, we ensure a steady stream of training opportunities and support the diversity-related training activities of our students. Below are some examples of these efforts:

  • Required coursework in multicultural psychology and the infusion of multicultural considerations across many of our courses
  • The opportunity to deliver clinical services and conduct forensic evaluations in Spanish with a Spanish-speaking supervisor.
  • Quarterly brown bag lunches where students and faculty present on diversity related topics
    • Working through politically-based countertransference
    • Overcoming ideological differences in the classroom
    • Clinical work with transgender and gender-nonbinary adolescents
  • Guest speakers from other universities and from the surrounding area to discuss diversity-related topics
  • HAVEN training for all incoming and incumbent students the prepares them to support the campus LGTBQ+ community
  • In Summer 2019, two of our doctoral students, Cassandra Bailey and Betsy Galicia, participated in the Ecuador Professional Preparation Program (EPPP) program.
    • Cassandra and Betsy traveled to Quito, Ecuador where they learned about service delivery for adults and children under the supervision and guidance of several Spanish-speaking psychologists.
    • They immersed themselves in the rich Ecuadorian culture, including daily Spanish-language instruction and coaching.
    • We are hopeful Cassandra and Betsy will have the chance to return to Ecuador with the EPPP and serve in leadership roles.
    • Some of our other students are already planning to participate in the same program when the opportunity arises.
  • Dr. Henderson has led the way for students and other faculty to conduct extreme hardship evaluations through the Psychological Services Center for persons facing removal proceedings through the immigration courts