Diversity Committee

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. Goals of the Diversity Committee are to promote research on diversity, foster recruitment of diverse students and students who are interested in studying diversity, and ensure that coursework, clinical training, and didactics in the department focus on diversity.

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 the chair of the Faculyt Senate Committee on Minority Affairs. She and students in her lab are currently conducting studies examining the experience of stress and resilience during the coming out process in gay and lesbian individuals, the experience of transgender, gender nonconforming, gender variant, and gender fluid individuals, 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 also the Director of Clinical Training in the department. He 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.




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 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