Decolonizing Psychology Conference


Recent attention has initiated a critical examination of the role of systemic racism across all sectors of society. In response to this shift in national dialogue, graduate student groups at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as those across the country, have partnered with faculty to highlight a strong need to increase anti-racism efforts within psychology training. Such calls have focused on the need to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students within psychology, and related fields, by dismantling institutionalized racism and inequity within the field of psychology. The goal of this full-day conference was to provide educators, supervisors, and students within the field of psychology and related fields with the needed resources to critically examine and decolonize their curricular, research, supervision, and mentorship practices.


Funding for the Decolonizing Psychology Practices Conference was provided by the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Educational Affairs (BEA).


Dr. Falendar

Dr. Carol Falender, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology & Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University

Dr. Malone

Celeste Malone, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at Howard University; President-Elect of the National Association of School Psychologists

Dr. Mena

Jasmine A. Mena, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at Bucknell University

Dr. Sullivan

Amanda Sullivan, Ph.D.

Birkmaier Education Leadership Professor & Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota


Opening Remarks -- 9:00am - 9:10am

Speaker: Dr. Prerna Arora

Decolonizing Clinical Supervision -- 9:10am - 10:25am

Speaker: Dr. Carol Falender

Moderator: Dr. Marie Miville

Break -- 10:25am-10:30am

Decolonizing Mentorship -- 10:30am-11:45am

Speaker: Dr. Celeste Malone

Moderator: Dr. Mark Gooden

Break -- 11:45pm-12:30pm

Decolonizing Curriculum -- 12:30pm-1:45pm

Speaker: Dr. Jasmine Mena

Moderator: Dr. Laudan Jahromi

Break -- 1:45pm-1:50pm

Decolonizing Research Practices -- 1:50pm-3:05pm

Speaker: Dr. Amanda Sullivan

Moderator: Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Closing Remarks -- 3:05pm-3:15pm

Speaker: Dr. Prerna Arora


A: While the conference focuses on decolonizing psychological practices, individuals from related fields, such as education and counseling, may also benefit from the content presented at this conference.

A: Graduate students interesting in teaching, research, clinical supervision, and mentorship are encouraged to attend.

A: Yes, all are welcome to attend the conference!

A: Please contact Kayla Parr via email at

A: American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services will be provided. To request other disability related accommodations contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

A: We do not offer continuing education credits.

A: The session recordings will be sent out to all registrants, as well as available on the conference website after the event.

A: Registrants may attend a part or the entirety of the event.

Conference Organizers

Dr. Prerna Arora, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of School Psychology
Kayla Parr
Kayla M. Parr
Ph.D. Student in School Psychology
Olivia Khoo
Ph.D. Candidate in School Psychology
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