APA president speaks at National Academies conference on women of color in academia

Dr. Suzanne Bennett Johnson highlighted APA's efforts to advance women of color as psychologists.

APA was one of three professional societies to speak at the National Academies’ June conference, Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia. The conference in Washington, D.C., brought together academic administrators, federal officials and policymakers to discuss ways to increase the representation and career advancement of women of color in science, engineering and medicine.

 “APA has worked to ensure that women of color psychologists achieve equality as members of the psychological community, establishing within its governance structure boards and committees that focus on the issues and concerns of underrepresented groups,” said APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD. APA submitted written testimony (PDF, 89KB) to the conference.

Dr. Bennett Johnson highlighted how APA addresses the challenges and barriers experienced by women of color in their education and professional career pathways. Also on the conference program was psychologist and APA member Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of the University of Kansas. Gray-Little served as moderator for a panel, Impact of Federal Agencies, which included representatives from NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.