Category: Dissemination / Implementation

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 28 - How Do We Improve Engagement in Evidence-Based Therapies for Individuals From Diverse Backgrounds? Suggested Strategies

Sunday, November 19
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom K & L, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Race / Ethnicity | Dissemination | Treatment Integrity / Adherence / Compliance
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Both of our research and clinical samples have long been plagued with the critique that they lack in racial and cultural diversity. Further, important issues related to culturally normative descriptions and expressions of emotional experience (e.g., cultural stigma, language barriers, perceived value of seeking better emotional health) are not systematically studied or addressed in these contexts in order to reach the breadth of individuals in need of mental health services.  In addition, getting individuals from diverse backgrounds into treatment is only half the battle; how do we keep them there, and reasonably modify our evidence-based protocols to meet the unique needs of individuals from varying cultural and racial backgrounds? This panel serves to examine the barriers, solutions, and future strategies to engage a range of diverse populations into evidence-based treatments.


 Panelists will describe their work with a breadth of populations and disorders across the country, including evidence-based assessment and treatment of PTSD in trauma-exposed adult and child racial minority populations living in the inner city of Philadelphia, research surrounding the role of language in describing emotional experiences and its implications for treatment in Chinese-American parent-child dyads in California, description of a CBT-based behavioral treatment of black women living with HIV in Massachusetts, presentation of a newly formed inpatient psychiatric unit providing culturally-sensitive and multilingual treatments for Asian patients with psychotic and affective disorders in New York city, and an ongoing project in California examining culturally-influenced assumptions of the ways to achieve good mental health and how this influences subsequent treatment engagement in Asian populations and their clinicians. The panelists will then participate in an interactive dialogue about the barriers they have faced in doing such work, followed by a brainstorming session about how to approach and address such systemic barriers. Finally, panelists will engage in a guided discussion about how this work can be expanded from their individual silos to mainstream evidence-based research and practice.   

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Anu Asnaani

Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

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Janie J. Hong

Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center and University of California, Berkeley

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Aya I. Williams

University of California, Berkeley

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Sannisha K. Dale

Assistant in Psychology and Instructor
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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Nadine Chang

Gracie Square Hospital

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Send Email for Hyun Kim

Broderick Sawyer

Doctoral Candidate
University of Louisville

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