APA issues reports on immigration and diversity

Presidential task forces examine research on public policy issues.

The reports of two task forces commissioned by Melba Vasquez, who served as president of the American Psychological Association in 2011, have been released.

One report, Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century (PDF, 3.9MB), reviews research and offers recommendations in such areas as: how recent immigrants to the U.S. are perceived and treated; processes of adaptation and acculturation; determinants of immigrants’ mental health and educational progress; immigrants’ service needs; and methodological issues. The report was produced by a task force chaired by Carola Suárez-Orozco (New York University).

Another report, Dual Pathways to a Better America: Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity, examines current research on the psychological and social mechanisms of discrimination and inclusion and on strategies for reducing discrimination and promoting diversity. The task force that produced the report was chaired by James Jones (University of Delaware).

Dr. Vasquez also established a task force on strategies for reducing educational disparities. The report of that task force is expected to be released later in 2012.

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