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Please join The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for a panel discussion and exhibit celebrating women of color in psychology. Both the panel discussion and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center (112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Friday, June 29, 2018  |  Time 3:15 – 4:30 pm  |  Room: City Center B

Panel Discussion: I am Psyched! Women of color psychologists share their successes and lessons learned

Dr. Shelby Cooley, Research Scientist. Dr. Cooley is a researcher trained in examining school climate, the emergence of racial identity and bias, and contexts that enable youth to challenge negative group norms. She works as a Research Scientist at the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), a nonprofit organization in Seattle dedicated to improving local education.

Dr. Jessica DeCuir-Gunby, Professor of Educational Psychology/Director of Graduate Programs. Dr. DeCuir-Gunby is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Education at NC State University. Her research focuses on race and racial identity, research methods, and emotions and education, specifically exploring how race and racism impact African Americans in educational settings and across the life course.

Dr. Danielle Dickens, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Dr. Dickens studies how race and racial identity intersect with gender, including how women of color navigate academia. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Spelman College, and co-founder of Beneath the Facade, a psycho-educational resource for Black women coping with stereotypical expectations in the workplace.

This interactive panel of women of color psychologists complements and extends the I am Psyched! National Tour exhibit at SPSSI 2018 by engaging girls and women of color from Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in a discussion of their careers in psychology. The panelists come from various professional sectors and subdisciplines of psychology, and will shed light on the opportunities available in the field of psychology, and their diverse experiences and insights as women of color in this field. Together, the panelists look forward to sharing their personal and professional paths, responding to questions, and learning from the community.


The I am Psyched! exhibit will be open to the public on Friday, June 29, 2018 and Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 10 am – 6 pm.