Student Diversity Blog: Diversity in Supervision

Recently, students from divisions 38, 18, and 19 of APA came together to host a webinar concerning diversity issues in supervision and how to navigate difficult conversations. This webinar included helpful perspectives from a panel of supervisors, internship and postdoc training directors, a postdoctoral fellow, and graduate students. If you’re interested in watching the webinar, the video is available on …

Student Diversity Blog: COVID-19 and the Impact on Diverse Graduate Students

This year has been incredibly difficult for a multitude of reasons. Since the start of the pandemic in March, we’ve seen spikes in racial tension, major political controversies, job loss and unemployment, isolation from loved ones, and of course – widespread illness. While some of have adapted, secured employment/funding, and made the best of online learning and working, it’s important …

A Call to Action: Graduate Students of Color and Mental Health (Part 2)

By: Marc Chaney, MA  For part two of this call to action, two main factors that affect mental health for students of color will be explored as mechanisms of change: mentorship and an inclusive learning environment. Faculty mentorship is considered one of the most important resources for students and includes opportunities for research collaboration, authorship, grant writing, and applying for …

Words Matter (Part 1)

By Darryl Sweeper, Jr., MA, and Dominic Ysidron, MS “We should acknowledge that the childhood adage, ‘sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me,’ is patently untrue. Words and the meanings with which they are imbued can achieve accuracy and relevance, or they can transmit dangerous stereotypes and half-truths. They can empower or disempower, humanize …

A Call to Action: Graduate Students of Color and Mental Health (Part 1)

By Marc Chaney, MA (SfHP Student Member) Mental health for graduate students of color is a topic that is often overlooked. The focus of this blog is to push the conversation regarding the adversity that is commonly faced by these students. The topic of this article was inspired by a cohort member and person of color who passed away while …

International Students: What Is It Like? How Can We Better Support Them?

By Darryl Sweeper, Jr., MA, and Dominic Ysidron, MS As chairs of the Diversity Council within the Society for Health Psychology’s (SfHP) Student Council, we plan to use this blog to bring awareness to the importance of diversity as pertains it to the diversity in training, diversity on campus, and more specifically diverse experiences. Our vision is to empower graduate …

Student Diversity Blog: International Perspectives (Part 3)

By Darryl Sweeper, Jr., MA In an effort to shed light on the experiences of international students studying health psychology, the SfHP Student Council’s Diversity Committee interviewed 5 graduate students from different countries of origin. To encourage honesty, we have kept the identities of these students anonymous. Below are their unedited responses. We hope that these perspectives will highlight the …

Student Diversity Blog: International Perspectives (Part 2)

By Darryl Sweeper, Jr., MA In an effort to shed light on the experiences of international students studying health psychology, the SfHP Student Council’s Diversity Committee interviewed 5 graduate students from different countries of origin. To encourage honesty, we have kept the identities of these students anonymous. Below are their unedited responses. We hope that these perspectives will highlight the …

Student Diversity Blog: International Perspectives (Part 1)

By Darryl Sweeper, Jr., MA In an effort to shed light on the experiences of international students studying health psychology, the SfHP Student Council’s Diversity Committee interviewed 5 graduate students from different countries of origin. To encourage honesty, we have kept the identities of these students anonymous. Below are their unedited responses. We hope that these perspectives will highlight the …

Student Diversity Blog: A Need for Diversity in Training

By Tamara Chavez-Strong, MA and Darryl Sweeper, Jr., MA As chairs of the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) Student Diversity Council, we plan to use this blog to bring awareness to the importance of diversity as it pertains to diversity in training, diversity on campus, and more specifically diverse experiences. Our vision is to empower graduate students by normalizing grad school …