Who We Are
The CWRU Department of Psychological Sciences Diversity Committee is comprised primarily of doctoral students in psychology who work to welcome, embrace, and promote the diversity of human experiences and cultural and individual differences.
The Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychological Sciences is deeply committed to fostering a positive climate for diversity. We wish to create a welcoming environment to all persons of underrepresented backgrounds, including, but not limited to, individuals of differing ages, ethnic/cultural groups, racial groups, gender identities, physical abilities, military and veterans, religious affiliations or beliefs, sexual orientations, and/or socioeconomic statuses. We value diversity of experience in our educational community and consider it to be vital to our growth and development as professionals. As such, the department is dedicated to the following tasks:
- Recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and clinical supervisors
- Recruitment and retention of diverse graduate students
- Support for current faculty and students of underrepresented backgrounds
- Representation of diversity issues in graduate coursework and colloquia
- Encouragement of research dedicated to diversity issues
- Provision of clinical services to diverse individuals
Our dedication to continuously work on these tasks is represented by the implementation of a Diversity in Action plan. We are working collaboratively with our department to make progress toward our outlined goals. It is our hope that this plan will contribute to an atmosphere of sensitivity, respect, and understanding for all cultural and individual differences. We recognize that diversity is a dynamic construct and we will modify our goals to meet the evolving needs of our students and faculty. The Diversity Committee hosts a departmental SafeZone workshop every three years to promote increased awareness and understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity issues. These training workshops aim to strengthen faculty and students’ development of diversity competence related to the LGBTQ population that can be implemented in research, clinical practice, and interdepartmental relationships. The Department of Psychological Sciences strives to integrate sensitivity to cultural diversity in every aspect of training and education and to provide an environment that is supportive and sensitive to individual and cultural differences. The following faculty have completed a SafeZone workshop:
- Amy Przeworski, Ph.D.
- Arin Connell, Ph.D.
- Julie Exline, Ph.D
- Norah Feeny, Ph.D.
- Lauren Calandruccio, Ph.D., CCC-A
Diversity Committee Faculty Co-Chairs
Amy Przeworski is the co-chair of the diversity committee. She specializes in anxiety and depression in children, adolescents, and adults and is interested in the intersection of cultural factors that may lead to resilience or contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety and depression. Dr. Przeworski is currently conducting studies examining the experience of stress and resilience during the coming out process in gay and lesbian individuals, the experience of parents of children who are gender variant, and cultural and family factors related to anxiety and adaptive functioning in African American children. To learn more about Dr. Przeworski’s lab and research, please visit her lab website.
Arin Connell is the co-chair of the diversity committee. His research is focused on understanding the etiology of depression, conduct problems, and substance use across childhood and adolescence, and on translating such developmental models into prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth. His work integrates psychosocial and neurobiological risk and protective factors to facilitate improved understanding of child and family functioning across diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Connell is currently conducting studies examining emotional development in youth at-risk for depression, as well as studies examining emotional processing in adolescence and early adulthood in relation to depression and alcohol use. To learn more about Dr. Connell’s lab and research, please visit his lab website.