Psychologists in Independent Practice

Applying the APA Multicultural Guidelines to Psychological Practice

VII. About the Authors

Lillian Comas-Diaz is a private practitioner in Washington, D.C., the Executive Director of the Transcultural Mental Health Institute, and a Clinical Professor at the George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The former director of the American Psychological Association's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, Dr. Comas-Diaz was a faculty member at the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, where she also directed
its Hispanic Clinic.

Dr. Comas-Diaz has written extensively on the interaction between culture, gender, ethnicity, race and social class in mental health. Her work has been recognized through being named Fellow in APA divisions 12, 29, 35, 42, 45, and 46. She is the Founding Editor of the Psychological Association Division 45 official journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She serves on several editorial boards and currently she is an Associate Editor of the American

Dr. Comas-Diaz has received numerous honors, among them the APA Committee on Women Leadership, the APA Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest, the Association for Women in Psychology Distinguished Publication, and the American Foundation Rosalee G. Weiss Award for Contributions to Professional Psychology. Dr. Comas-Diaz was the 2006 president of the APA division of Psychologists in Independent Practice.

A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, Ph.D., ABPP, is currently Vice Chair for Psychological Services and Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine Howard University Hospital Howard University. She served as Senior Research Associate with the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity at the American Council on Education where she assisted the Center and the Office of Women in Higher Education in fostering leadership development and their missions to foster greater participation and achievement of minorities and women in higher education. Among her many professional service activities with the American Psychological Association, Dr. Caldwell-Colbert served as President of APA Division 45 the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. She served as Howard University’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, providing leadership and oversight for the University’s strategic plan, The Strategic Framework for Action from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Caldwell-Colbert’s 27-year career in higher education includes administrative and faculty appointments at the University of Illinois, the University of Kansas, Indiana State University, and Emporia State University. While at Emporia State, she developed and taught the first psychology of women course and conducted research and lead workshops addressing date rape, sexual harassment, women pursuing management positions and the portrayal of women in magazine advertisements.

Her current research interests are training and development of mental health professionals to work with ethnic minority clients and issues of colorism in interpersonal relationships. A board-certified clinical psychologist, Dr. Caldwell-Colbert has been in private practice and engaged in consulting to address women with social skills deficits and anxiety disorders. In 2004 she was
awarded by APA Division 12, the Stanley Sue Award of Achievement for her significant contributions to advancing the clinical psychology of ethnic minorities and in 2003 Mentor of the Year for APA Division 12 Section VI The Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities.


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