Category: Women's Issues / Gender

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 11 - Breaking Through the Ivory Ceiling: Strategies and Successes for Women in Psychology and the Clinical Sciences

Friday, November 17
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom M & N, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Women's Issues | Career Development | Professional Issues
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Though women have made tremendous strides in the workplace over the past several decades, inequality persists. Women remain significantly underrepresented at the upper echelons of academia, particularly within the fields of science, engineering and technology (Science & Technology Committee, 2014). Regrettably, these gender imbalances are also reflected within the field of clinical mental health science. On average, male psychologists earn significantly more money than their female counterparts, with the magnitude of this gender pay gap varying by primary work setting (APA's Center for Workforce Studies, 2014). Additionally, data suggest that women continue to be underrepresented in senior positions within academic psychology, despite their majority status at the undergraduate, doctoral, and early career levels. We believe that it is imperative to continue to bring women and men together to share their experiences and brainstorm ways to address the gender inequality still prevalent in the field.The current panel includes women from various career stages and settings who are in a unique position to address the systemic challenges that women in clinical mental health sciences face today. The primary aims of this panel are 1) to provide a forum for women to address current barriers to gender equality, with attention to additional factors (e.g. age, race/ethnicity, marital status) that intersect with gender and impact career advancement, 2) to discuss ways in which these barriers have been successfully navigated, and 3) to generate specific strategies for combating gender imbalances in the workplace and improving the state of gender equality in mental health sciences more broadly. Our panelists represent a breadth of professional backgrounds, ranging from early career, mid-career, and senior-level faculty, and involvement in ABCT including the current president and the president-elect. Our panelists have also been trained in various fields, settings and geographical locations, and are thus able to speak to the influence of a variety of factors on their experiences navigating gender disparities. Questions and comments will be solicited from the audience to foster a collaborative approach to navigating these barriers.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior

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Graduate Student
Boston University

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