Diversity Special Interest Group

The Diversity Special Interest Group (SIG) promotes the interests of trainees and professionals in pediatric psychology with an interest in issues of diversity, broadly defined (e.g., issues specifically impacting diverse and underserved groups, including those that vary by gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and SES). The Diversity SIG also strives to foster collaboration among those within the profession who work alongside diverse populations (including children, families, trainees, and diverse professionals). For additional information and resources related to the SIG, please visit our website.
Specific goals of the Diversity SIG are to:

  • Share and distribute evidence-based resources (e.g., measures, interventions, funding resources, etc.) that will be available to trainees and professionals in order to strengthen clinical work, research, and training in issues of diversity within the field of pediatric psychology

  • Develop a network that facilitates collaboration among professionals who focus on issues of diversity in pediatric psychology

  • Foster opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and training of students from diverse backgrounds and those with an interest in issues of diversity


There will be quarterly conference calls or in-person meetings (January, April [at SPP national conference], July, October), which all members will be invited to join, during which we will discuss and complete business related to the overall mission of the Diversity SIG and its subcommittees. Participation in these meetings will be required of the subcommittee chairs (or a delegate) but not of the subcommittee and other SIG members.

There will also be three conference calls or in-person meetings per year (late February, late May, early August at APA) to provide a forum to discuss issues relevant to diversity within clinical, research, and training aspects of pediatric psychology and to provide an opportunity to foster and establish collaborations among Diversity SIG members.


Please contact the Diversity SIG chair to join and/or for more information:

Jessica M. Valenzuela, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Psychological Studies
3301 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Telephone: (954) 262-5737


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