The Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) is committed to promoting diversity in pediatric psychology research and clinical care, to increasing the number of SPP members from diverse backgrounds and to providing services and resources for SPP members who are members of underrepresented groups. Based on this commitment, the SPP executive committee established a standing Diversity Committee in 2006, with the goal of promoting diversity issues and research within the division. More recently, the SPP membership passed a bylaw amendment to establish a member-at-large position for diversity issues. Activities of the Diversity Committee include the Diversity Research Grant and Poster Award.
The SPP Diversity Committee, which includes the Member-at-Large for diversity as well as the Diversity Special Interest Group (SIG) consists of 10 SPP members from a variety of institutions.
Member-at-Large – Anna Maria Patiño-Fernandez, PhD
Conference Liaison – Amy Sato, PhD
Membership Committee Liaison – Yelena Wu, PhD
Newsletter Chair – Monica Mitchell, PhD
Poster Award Chair – Mery Taylor, PhD
Diversity Grant & Awards Chair – Celia Lescano, PhD
SIG Chair – Jessica Valenzuela, PhD
SIG Dissemination Committee Chair – Wendy Gray, PhD
SIG Research & Publications Committee Chair – Elizabeth Pulgaron, PhD
SIG Training & Mentorship Committee Chair – Idia Thurston, PhD
SPP members who are interested in learning more about the Diversity Committee or in joining the Diversity SIG should contact Anna Maria Patiño-Fernandez (Diversity Committee) or Jessica Valenzuela (Diversity SIG) for more information.