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Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce our featured speakers for the 2015 Winter Roundtable Conference:

Lillian Comas-Diaz, Ph.D.

Jacque Gray, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacque Gray, a Choctaw/Cherokee research associate professor and Associate Director at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, is director of the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health at the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is also director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) that was funded in the fall of 2011 to address the issues of Elder Abuse in Indian Country.  Gray has worked addressing health, mental health and health disparities across Indian Country and internationally working with Māori suicide prevention.  She is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor was part of the Rural MHFA initiative.  Gray has worked with tribes across the U.S. for over 30 years.  Gray received her doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 1998 and has been at the University of North Dakota since 1999. 

Bonnie Moradi, Ph.D.

Dr. Bonnie Moradi's research focuses on examining links of perceived experiences of prejudice, stigmatization, and discrimination to health, well-being, and career development of women, racial/ethnic minority persons, lesbian, gay, bisexual persons, and other minority groups. Her research also aims to identify moderators and mediators of such links in order to inform the development and evaluation of prevention and intervention strategies.

Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.

Thomas A. Parham is Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to these positions, he serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Counseling and Health Services, Counseling Center Director, and Director of the Career and Life Planning Center at UCI. Before that, Dr. Parham held an appointment on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Parham received his bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine. He completed his master's degree in counseling psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is licensed to practice psychology in California.

Since his return to Orange County, Dr. Parham has been an active member of this community and has contributed his talents in the areas of social advocacy, community uplift and youth empowerment. He currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology, and served as a treating clinician for the NFL program for substance abuse.      

He also served as chair of UCI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium for 10 years, helped charter the Orange County chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, and is a past president of the National Association of Black Psychologists and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. He is also a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. He has also been recognized as a “Distinguished Psychologist” by the Association of Black Psychologists.   

For the past 30-plus years,  Dr. Parham has focused  his research efforts in the area of psychological nigrescence and has authored 6 books and over 40 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of identity development, African psychology and multicultural counseling. He has also produced several videos including Counseling African Americans, Youth and Violence, and Innovative Approaches to Counseling African Descent People.           

While serving as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at University of California, Irvine, Dr. Parham prides himself in heading a Student Affairs team dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the university, enhancing the co-curricular aspects of student learning, assessing learning outcomes, and promoting opportunities for leadership development and character building among students. Dr. Parham has received numerous    honors and awards for his academic contributions and community service.

Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D.

Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky was born in Argentina and has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He is Dean of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami and the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. He has published seven books and over 125 articles and chapters. His interests are in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities; and in the integration of wellness and fairness. He is the recipient of the 2011 "Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award" of the Community Psychology Division of APA. Isaac has been a keynote speaker in conferences in 23 countries. He is leading an interdisciplinary team developing assessments and interventions to promote interpersonal, community, occupational, psychological, physical, and economic (I COPPE)  well-being. Isaac is a vegan, fitness aficionado, and humor writer. His humor columns have been published in The Miami Herald and Miami Today. His humor writings may be found on his blog, Going Wellnuts, at

Anneliese Singh, Ph.D.

A dedicated and prolific early career psychologist, Singh models multicultural competence as a psychologist committed to social change and advocacy for the needs of marginalized youth. Currently associate professor at the University of Georgia in the department of counseling and human development services, Singh involves her students as community partners with grassroots organizations and schools. She is an international expert on queer, transgender and questioning youth and the intersection of racial, ethnic and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identity development. The co-author of the proposed "Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients," she publishes and presents internationally on LGBTQ youth and adults, traumatology, Asian-American/Pacific Islander counseling and psychology, social justice training and supervision, fostering resilience and qualitative methodology. She has already received numerous awards as an outstanding teacher, researcher, group practitioner and social advocate.

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D.

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at Boston College, and in independent practice in Cambridge, MA. Her research concerns acculturation, race, and mental health issues among immigrant and ethnic minority communities. She presents nationally and has published numerous articles and book chapters culturally informed psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. 

Brian Van Brunt joined The NCHERM Group as Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development in January of 2013.  He is past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), the president-elect of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and the managing editor for Student Affairs eNews (SAeN). He has a doctoral degree in counseling supervision and education from the University of Sarasota/Argosy and a masters degree in counseling and psychological services from Salem State University.

Brian is a regular speaker for academic conferences around the world. He has presented dozens of workshops with the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), American College Personal Association (ACPA), Association of University College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry (OUD).

Dr. Van Brunt has presented hundreds of online training seminars and classes. These trainings have reached well over 150,000 individual staff and faculty at colleges and universes across the country. He has developed remote, asynchronous training modules on violence, mental health, and suicide prevention for Resident Advisors (RAs) through Magna Publications and created a behind-closed-doors style card game for resident advisors called RACE!. He developed a mental health crisis guide for study abroad advisors for the American Councils and written textbook test banks and instructor guides for Pearson Education.

Joe White, Ph.D.

For the past 53 years, Dr. White has enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of psychology and mental health as a teacher, mentor, administrator, clinical supervisor, writer, consultant, and practicing psychologist.  He is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he spent most of his career as a teacher, supervising psychologist, mentor, and Director of ethnic studies and cross-cultural programs.  Dr. White received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1961. On May 10, 2007, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of Minnesota, which is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public affairs, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship.  On May 24, 2008, he was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame as Alumnus of the Year.  Dr. White is the author of several papers and books:  The Psychology of Blacks (2011; 1999; 1990; 1984); The Troubled Adolescent (1989); Black Man Emerging:  Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America (1999); Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America (2006; 2011); Building Multicultural Competency: Development, Training, and Practice (2008).  He was a pioneer in the field of Black psychology and is affectionately referred to as the “Godfather” of Black psychology by his students, mentees, and younger colleagues.  His seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970, “Toward a Black Psychology,” was instrumental in beginning the modern era of African-American and ethnic psychology.  In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. White has been a practicing psychologist and consultant.  He has served as a supervising psychologist and staff affiliate psychologist to five hospitals and three clinical practices in Southern California.  He has worked as a consultant with school districts, universities, private organizations, drug prevention programs, and government agencies.  Dr. White was appointed to the California State Psychology Licensing Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and served as chairman for three years.  He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Menninger Foundation in Houston, Texas.