Renowned Scholars to Discuss Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race Research at APA Conference at UT Austin

The fifth biennial American Psychological Association Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race Research conference will be held July 19-21, 2018, at the University of Texas at Austin. Coordinated by College of Education Educational Psychology Associate Professor Germine Awad and Professor Kevin Cokley, the conference will feature renowned plenary speakers and symposia on July 20 and 21.  Professional development workshops and a policy pre-conference will be held on July 19. 

This is the first time the conference has been held at the University of Texas at Austin. Previous conferences were held at the University of Michigan, where it was founded by Professor and VP of Diversity Robert Sellers; the University of Oregon; and Stanford. 

Says Cokley, co-director of this year’s conference, “This year’s conference is especially timely given the current climate on issues related to immigration and the increase in racial tensions and race-related hate crimes reported across the country. It is imperative now more than ever that psychological research is utilized to help communities of color address the current racial climate issues.”

The event is open to the public. It will feature discussions from scholars in psychology, who focus on ethnicity, culture, and race. Topics will aid academics and practitioners in the field and will relate to ongoing and current issues such as Lonnie Snowden’s keynote, Affordable Care Act, Racial Bias, and Behavioral Healthcare for African Americans and the plenary panel, Using Psychology to Impact Public Policy: The Role of Psychologists of Color. Panel discussions with leading scholars include topics such as The Study of Microaggressions: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go? and Innovative Strategies in Health Disparities.

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Associate Professor Germine Awad
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Professor Kevin Cokley