Category: Cultural Diversity / Vulnerable Populations

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 15 - Multicultural Research Meets Evidence-Based Practice: Achievement in College Students From Underrepresented Ethnic Groups

Saturday, November 18
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom K & L, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Treatment-CBT | College Students | Mindfulness
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Research shows that matching therapists with clients from similar ethnic backgrounds is associated with better treatment outcomes in psychotherapy, in part due to positive effects on therapy alliance, treatment retention, and increased opportunities for modeling effective coping strategies. Ethnic minority students face many barriers to academic success and relatively few gain admission to selective clinical psychology programs in the United States. Challenges include socioeconomic disadvantages, acculturative stress, internalized racism, low self-esteem, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination that may interact with and exacerbate mental health related issues that are common in students (e.g., procrastination, perfectionism, identity conflict, and problems with sleep and concentration). This panel will integrate research and insights from clinical practice to inform selection, development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions that can help students from underrepresented ethnic groups graduate on time and thrive socially, emotionally and academically while pursuing a university degree. Panelists include experts in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for psychological disorders (attentional deficit hyperactivity disorder, social anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder), researcher-clinicians with expertise in CBT for ethnic minority groups, and a Director of Campus Relations who specializes in mindfulness interventions for college students. Panelists will discuss research on cultural factors that may affect establishment of a therapeutic alliance and treatment retention in CBT for ethnic minority patients and consider special issues in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders such as social anxiety disorder that are likely to interact with cultural differences in emotion regulation as well as have implications for performance on course components that involve public speaking and social evaluation. Finally, the panel will discuss directions for future research and ways to establish interdisciplinary collaborations to promote academic success and emotional well-being of students from underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds.

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Swati Desai

Director of Campus Relations, Mindfulness Teacher
Center for Mindfulness, University of California, San Diego

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Laura Knouse

Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Richmond

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