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Diversity and Inclusion

We are Diverse. We are Inclusive. We are One NSU.

The College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University is strongly committed to an inclusive and diverse college with equal access and opportunity for diverse individuals based on race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, and physical ability. Our programs in Clinical and School Psychology are dedicated to active recruitment of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff, as well as to the integration of issues of individual and cultural diversity throughout the training we provide to students.

The American Psychological Association’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) recently awarded our doctoral program in Clinical Psychology the Suinn Minority Achievement Program Award (2018). An award recognizing excellence in recruitment, retention, and graduation of ethnic minority students.

Please navigate the various links below to learn more about our mission as well as some of the resources and initiatives within the Department related to Diversity.

View our Diversity Statement

Diversity Committee

Dr. Jessica M. Valenzuela (Chair)
Dr. Soledad Arguelles-Borge
Dr. Stephen Campbell
Dr. Bady Quintar
Dr. Timothy Moragne (Director of Minority Affairs)
Dr. John E. Lewis (Chair, Department of Clinical and School Psychology)

Diverse Student-Led Organizations

Ethnic Minority Association of Graduate Students (EMAGS) - Formed in 1994 by students interested in multicultural issues in mental health. Students lead training opportunities relevant to multicultural practice, as well as support and networking events for students from diverse backgrounds.

Hispanic Psychological Student Organization (HPSO)HPSO was created to provide NSU College of Psychology graduate students with the opportunity to work as mentors for adolescents or young adults within the university and the community. The program will provide graduate students with extended experience in working as mentors of undergraduate psychology students, while shaping their own leadership skills and providing a much-needed service as role models for their younger peers.

Jewish Psychological Student Association (JPSA) - JPSA aims to meet the needs of Jewish students and the general student population by organizing training opportunities with prominent Jewish psychologists and community leaders, as well as support and networking events for students across the university.

PRISM (formerly known as the Gay-Straight Student Alliance, or GSSA) - PRISM is dedicated to promoting a welcoming climate for sexual-minority students and non-sexual minority students who are interested in working together to achieve a better understanding of the GLBT population (including queer, questioning, intersex, allies, asexual, and pansexual individuals).

Faculty Interests

Amarilis Acevedo, Ph.D., ABPP - Geriatric psychology; neuropsychological assessment.

Soledad Argüelles-Borge, Ph.D. - Adult caregiving issues, impact of culture on caregiving; best practices for writing a dissertation.

Paula Brochu, Ph.D. - Prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and stigma from the perspectives of both the perceiver and the target, including the processes underlying the expression of prejudice, as well as the consequences of stigma on human functioning.

Stephen N. Campbell, Ph.D. - General clinical/community psychology of social change.

Diana Formoso, Ph.D. - Risk and protective factors that shape youth development within low-income, ethnic minority families; family conflict, parenting, and child outcome and how they are impacted by families' ecological and cultural context (e.g., economic hardship, neighborhood risk, immigration and acculturation); intervention development for ethnic minority children and families experiencing adversity; the family lives and school experiences of immigrant youth.

Jeffrey L. Kibler, Ph.D. - Cognitive-behavioral regulation of emotion/mood disorders. Behavioral medicine: biobehavioral aspects of 94 posttraumatic stress, psychosocial stress, and pain; psychosocial risks for illness (e.g., heart disease); health risk reduction; psychophysiology; minority health: predictors of biobehavioral research participation for individuals of racial minority.

John E. Lewis, Ph.D. - Intercultural psychotherapy and assessment; counseling and psychotherapy with prison populations; educational and vocational assessment and counseling; school psychology; international perspectives.

Stephen C. Messer, Ph.D. - Research methods; multivariable statistics, latent variable models, longitudinal design and analysis; diagnostic validity and measurement; developmental epidemiology and psychopathology; military psychology and combat-related PTSD.

Timothy R. Moragne, Psy.D. - Minority issues; health psychology; community psychology; human sexuality; psychological aspects of AIDS; AIDS and minorities.

Barry Nierenberg, Ph.D., ABPP - Rehabilitation and Health Psychology: psychological factors in chronic illness, biopsychosocial aspects of wellness and disease, healthcare disparities, pediatric psychology, child and family adaptations to acute and chronic medical conditions. The business of psychology and professional credentialing.

Ashley Stripling, Ph.D. - Geropsychology, clinical training, research and advocacy, promotion of successful, healthy aging through advocacy and clinical interventions; understanding ageism, subjective aging, and the intersection of aging language and perceptions; combating ageist stereotypes.

Lourdes Suarez-Morales, Ph.D. - Cultural factors in clinical research. Cognitive, environment, and cultural factors and their relationship to anxiety in youth.

Jessica Valenzuela, Ph.D. - Pediatric psychology; Disparities in child health outcomes and health care quality; Chronic illness prevention and disease management; Psychologists in medical settings; Community-based participatory research approaches and academic-community partnerships for health.

Student Capstone Projects and Research

Directed Studies

Bachar, T., Moragne, & Brochu (August, 2016). Psychological effects of dating applications on members of the LGBTQ plus community.

Belfer, J., Suarez-Morales, & Formoso (June, 2017). Review of cross-cultural variations in prevalence of anxiety in Hispanic youth and idiomatic expressions of anxiety used by Latinos.

Bernadel, R., Suarez-Morales, & Campbell (June, 2017). A cross-cultural model of post-traumatic stress disorder following a natural disaster.

Betancourt, C., Suarez-Morales, & Cash (June, 2016). Parental factors and their association with childhood depression among the Hispanic population.

Bigay, F., Arguelles-Borge, & Caproni (September, 2017). Explore effects of postpartum depression on Hispanic mothers.

Blanchard, B., Arguelles-Borge, & Campbell (August, 2017). Explore psychological interactions for refugee populations.

Bougere, L., Brochu, & Wallen (April, 2015). Sexual orientation and mental illness in the military.

Cabrera, S., Suarez-Morales, & Valenzuela (June, 2017). Parental accommodation in childhood anxiety: extrapolating to Hispanic population.

Campbell, R., Nierenberg, & Wallen (August, 2017). Investigate the traits of resilience in several adult immigrant populations.

Cardenas, K., Gold, & Arguelles-Borge (August, 2017). Empirical study investigating whether exposure to more than one type of trauma differs by ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Castano, J., Cash, & Campbell (August, 2015). Effects of acculturation on parenting and family cohesion among immigrant Latino families.

Cespedes, C., Cash, & Campbell (April, 2015). The relationship between acculturation stress in the Latino population and internalizing disorders.

Cordero, N., Suarez-Morales, & Valley-Gray (May, 2015). Manualized treatment for comorbid anxiety and depression in Hispanic youth.

Day, L., Faust, & Formoso (June, 2016). The effects of family transitions on externalizing behaviors of African American children.

Detscher, M.K., Cuc, & Moragne (June, 2017). Clinical implications for sexual minority Latinas and sexual orientation disclosures.

Espinosa, K., Cash, & Ibanez (March, 2015). How do comprehensive assessment and testing differ with the Latino population?

Fisher, C., Davidtz, & Dorfman (August, 2016). Exploring the association between race, aggression, and psychiatric diagnosis of severely mentally ill African American and non-African American males.

Freile, M., Suarez-Morales, & Formoso (June, 2015). How stress affects parenting in Hispanic families of children with anxiety.

Goldin, B., Van Hasselt, & Formoso (August, 2017). Exploring substance use in Hispanic communities.

Hanks, T., Garcia-Lavin, & Del Rio-Roberts (August, 2016). Cultural differences and the diagnosis of ASD.

Holiner, C., Suarez-Morales, & Campbell (May, 2017). Treatment manual for Hispanic children with anxiety targeting parental accommodations.

Lee, L., Campbell, & Dorfman (June, 2016). Cultural Competence in Clinical Care.

Marco, L., Nierenberg, & Eickleberry (August, 2015). Literature review to explore the utility and effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with the transgender population.

Muguira, S., Suarez-Morales, & Nierenberg (June, 2017).Mindfulness with Hispanic children.

Ortiz, J., Campbell, & Wallen (May, 2015). Barriers, perceptions of symptoms, traditional healing techniques, and its impact on the obtainment of services within the Latino population.

Pena-Martinez, M., Formoso, & Arguelles-Borge (August, 2017). Examination of factors impacting mental health among Cubans to provide more culturally competent and effective services to the Cuban population.

Phillpot, A., Shapiro, & Walker (June, 2016). The presence of trauma in a forensic immigration sample.

Portillo, I., Arguelles-Borge, & Brochu (August, 2017). Mediating factors for success in evidence based interventions with Latino populations in South Florida.

Rassler, B., Davidtz, & Brochu (August, 2017). Treatment manual for religiously and culturally integrated treatment for Jewish women with eating disorders.

Rodriguez, M., Acevedo, & Campbell (June, 2017). Evidence based psychotherapy treatment for ethnic minority adults.

Spinner, E., Stripling, & Black (September, 2017). Measurement of anxiety in older adults.

Tabio, L., Nierenberg, & Van Hasselt (June, 2017). Review of cultural risk factors and prevention for stroke in Hispanics/Latinos: what we know, what we are doing, and what is lacking.

Tarver, S., Formoso, & Reitman (August, 2015). Literature view on the relationship between community stressors and externalizing behaviors in low-income, ethnic minority youth.

Toukhly, O., Campbell & Lewis (August, 2017). Effect of parenting and education system on mental illness in South Africa, Swaziland.

Vallario, M., Moragne, & Van Hasselt (June, 2017). Musclebound: examining muscle dysmorphia and body image issues in male homosexuals.

Varghese, C., Cuc, & Campbell (August, 2017). Investigate the impact of acculturation on Asian-American adolescents psychological well-being.

Walton, C., Davidtz, & Campbell (June, 2017). The impact of gender, race, and sexual orientation on clinicians' diagnostic judgments of borderline personality disorder.

Weisner, B., Suarez-Morales, & Formoso (June, 2017). Eating pathology and eating disorders in Hispanic populations: a comprehensive literature.

Williams, Q., Walker, & Lewis (June, 2016). Biracial and multiracial identity: an examination of the journey of stigma and privilege.

Zhu, J., Cuc, & Campbell (June, 2017). "Coming out" self-concealment and marriage: the well-being of gay men in China.


Conte, C. & Walker (September, 2016). Wrongful conviction, false confessions, and the underrepresentation of women - identification and analysis of female false confession cases.

Levy, M. & Delucia (September, 2016). Examining the effects of a brief 5-week mindfulness-based intervention for older adults.

Schlaudt, V., Suarez-Morales, Nierenberg, & Black (May, 2017). Exploring mediators and moderators in the relationship between acculturative stress and internalizing symptoms in Hispanic youth.

Nagle, M., Shapiro, & Walker (not signed by dean) (October, 2017). Examining risk factors of female juvenile delinquency and the effects of child sexual abuse using a social development perspective.

Letourneau, B. & Sobell, M. (April, 2018). Alcohol misuse among operation enduring freedom and operation Iraqi freedom military healthcare professionals.

Major Papers

Conte, C. & Walker (June, 2016). Wrongful convictions, false confessions, and the underrepresentation of women.

Letourneau, B. & Sobell, M. (March, 2016). Exploring the relationship between military deployments to the middle east and subsequent alcohol use disorders in american service members.

Levy, M. & DeLucia (June, 2016). A critical examination of mindfulness-based interventions for older adults.

Nagle, M. & Walker (June, 2017). Examining risk factors of female juvenile delinquency and the effects of child sexual abuse using a social development perspective.

Schlaudt, V. & Suarez-Morales (June, 2015). Exploring Mediators and Moderators in the Relationship of Acculturative Stress and Internalizing Symptoms in Hispanic Youth.

Faculty and Student Service Initiatives

The Department of Clinical and School Psychology’s Diversity Committee, student-led organizations, and Continuing Education coordinators aim to integrate a range of diverse speakers and topics relevant to diversity including multicultural issues and issues relevant to underserved and stigmatized populations throughout the department’s series, seminars and workshops. See the calendar below for some recent and upcoming relevant programming in our department.

Calendar of Diversity-Related Departmental Events & Training Opportunities


Time/Location Event/Hose Topic Speaker

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Maltz 2058

College of Psychology Hispanic Heritage Month Event

Domino Tournament

Hosted by HPSO.


Faculty Development Workshop

Promoting Race Pedagogy in Higher Education – A workshop aimed at building faculty capacity to develop culturally competent practitioners.

Dr. Stacy Williams (Marist College)

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Maltz 2058

Diversity Brown Bag Series

Comments on "Coming Out" in Anticipation of National Coming Out Day

Dr. Tmothy Moragne, Director of Minority Affairs. Hosted by PRISM.

12:00 - 1:30 PM
DeSantis 3000

Annual Diversity Luncheon

This annual event has been moved to the fall semester in order to welcome new students.

Hosted by EMAGS. Supported by the Dean's Excellence Fund.

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Maltz 2058

Diversity Brown Bag Series

Working with Individuals and Families in Haitian Culture: Assessment and Intervention Considerations

Dr. Elda Kanzki-Veloso. Hosted by EMAGS.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maltz 2055

College of Psychology Continuing Education Series

Assessment of Students with Comorbid Disorders and Multiple Eligibilities Under IDEA/ADA

Dr. Sam Goldstein. Click here for more information.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Diversity Brown Bag Series

Topic TBA - Following International Holocaust Remembrance Day (01/15/19)

Speaker TBA. Hosted by JPSA.


12:00 - 1:00 PM

Diversity Brown Bag Series

We Are Not All the Same: Differences in the Provision of Psychotherapy within Black Culture

Panel TBA. Hosted by EMAGS.

12:00 - 1:00 PM


College of Psychology Black History Month Event

"The Swaziland Experience" discussion of psychological first aid efforts and experiences from faculty/student humanitarian trip to Swaziland

Dr. Stephen Campbell. Click here for more information on NSU Black History Month events.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Diversity Brown Bag Series

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in the U.S.

Drs. Diana Formoso & Lourdes Suarez-Morales. Hosted by HPSO.

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Diversity Brown Bag Series Diversity in Case Conceptualizations: Planning for Clinical Competency Examination Oral Defenses Dr. Barbara Garcia-Lavin, Director of Clinical Training. Hosted by the Diversity Faculty Committee.


College of Psychology Scholarships

More info on awards and how to apply can be found here.

Multicultural Studies Scholarship - Available to students currently enrolled in the PsyD Clinical Psychology program to provide scholarships to outstanding students who demonstrate financial need.

Lane Family Fund for Hispanic Studies - Available to students in the clinical psychology program who show evidence of experience and support of Hispanic culture and community in South Florida. Preference is given to students who demonstrate an interest in psychodynamic psychology.

Leonard Roth Memorial Scholarship - Available to students in the clinical psychology program who demonstrate a career interest in geriatric psychology.

A. Gordon Rose Scholarship - Another View - Available to students committed to research and professional work aimed at increasing self-acceptance and community acceptance of gay people.

College of Psychology’s Humanitarian of the Year Scholarship - Available to graduate psychology students in any College of Psychology program participate in humanitarian activities and who demonstrate significant financial need.

American Psychological Association Student Scholarships/Awards

APA Dissertation Research Award - APA Science Directorate offers 30-40 grants of $1,000 each for students whose research reflects excellence in scientific psychology.

APAGS Psychological Science Research Grant - APAGS offers up to three $1,000 grants for innovative psychological science research projects led by graduate students and specifically related to diversity.

Travel Grants for Students of Color in Psychology - APA’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs offers a travel grant to help defray expenses of travel for students presenting work relevant to multicultural psychology at a professional conference.

Psychology Summer Institute Program - Program for advanced doctoral students to support them in developing a grant proposal, dissertation, treatment program, publication or program evaluation project focused on issues affecting ethnic minority communities.

Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29) Diversity Research Grant - Division 29 awards two $2,000 grants to students who are currently conducting dissertation research that promotes diversity as defined by APA.

Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54) Diversity Research Grant - Division 54 provides one $5,000 research grant for students whose research highlights the importance of diversity in pediatric (child health) psychology.

Federal Funding Opportunities for Students

Mental Health Dissertation Research Grant to Increase Diversity - Available to doctoral candidates from underrepresented groups, with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue research careers in any area relevant to the research missions of NIMH.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31) - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards this fellowship to predoctoral students for a proposed mentored research training experience in order to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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