People of color are dramatically underrepresented in clinical psychology broadly and in the specialty field of clinical neuropsychology. According to the most recent available data from the American Psychological Association, about 88% of the workforce in health service psychology is White. Only about 3% are Black, and 4% are Latinx. According to the most recent available data from a joint statement of the three major societies of clinical neuropsychology, it is also true that 88% of the clinical neuropsychology workforce is White. In neuropsychology, only about 1% are Black, 3% are Latinx, and 0.1% are Native American. The healthcare providers in these fields do not adequately represent the patients seeking their services, and this is widely viewed as a healthcare crisis.
A group of Trinity alumni working in the fields of clinical psychology and neuropsychology is developing a mentorship program that offers meaningful career support for underrepresented students interested in these fields. The alumni mentor provides personalized guidance to help the mentee navigate the challenges of training in these fields via regular check-ins, specific support for critical transitions, and networking. Typically, the path to independent clinical practice in these fields involves 4 to 5 years of graduate training, 1 year of clinical internship, and 1 to 2 years of postdoctoral fellowship. The goal is to minimize barriers at each stage of the process, entailing a long-term mentorship relationship.
Interested Trinity students and alumni who self-identify as underrepresented in clinical psychology and neuropsychology are encouraged to reach out by email to Brian Castelluccio ‘12 ([email protected]) or Ginger Mills ‘12 ([email protected]). Alternatively, you are welcome to reach out to Professor Sarah Raskin at [email protected], and she will facilitate an introduction.
We also encourage students to look into mentorship resources through the following organizations, among others.