Statement in Support of Social Justice & Antiracism

The faculty and staff of the Department of Psychology join our voices with the many others who speak out against the racism and injustice highlighted by the events of the past few weeks. We are heartbroken that the life of a man could be extinguished in such a publicly dehumanizing way and that his family, friends, and community are left with unbearable suffering and grief. George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers also reminds us of the untimely deaths of unarmed Black Americans and points to the long history and systemic forms of racism, oppression, and injustice that plague our country. These systemic inequities are tied to a legacy that includes genocide of Indigenous peoples, enslavement of people of African heritage, and xenophobic hatred and violence diminishing the value of human lives. The Psychology Department commits to addressing issues of injustice and inequities in our actions and curriculum.

We recognize that students and university colleagues both within and outside of our department are impacted by racial inequities. Many live in fear and apprehension because their lives and the lives of their loved ones are at constant risk and many are the targets of overt prejudice as well as behaviors that are influenced by implicit bias and systemic prejudice. As your professors, advisors, and staff members, we aim to create a safe space in our department for students to share their knowledge and wisdom from their own life experiences. There is much we can learn from one another.

As psychologists, we use evidence-based methods to study the factors that influence and change behavior. As a discipline, we are uniquely trained to shed light on the conditions that contribute to stereotypes, bias, and racism; to find ways to ameliorate their impact on individuals, families, and communities; and to work towards ending these ills. As professionals, we uphold the objectives of our professional organizations, including to foster the advancement of human rights, fairness, diversity, and inclusion through the application of psychological science, and to use psychology to improve the functioning of institutions, organizations, systems, and communities. As individual faculty and staff members, we commit to deep personal reflection to increase our own awareness. We pledge to work towards dismantling racism and its corrosive effect on those most immediately impacted and society at large. We encourage our students to become agents of personal and community change and commit to eliminating injustice, inequities, and oppression. 

To the extent that we as psychology students and faculty strive to be a part of this much needed change, we will fulfill the highest ethical aims of our discipline and our professional organizations. Psychologists are committed to increasing scientific and professional knowledge of behavior and people's understanding of themselves and others and to use such knowledge to improve the condition of individuals, organizations, and society. As such, “Psychologists respect and protect civil and human rights” (Preamble, APA Ethical Code).

Your professors and the staff of the Department of Psychology
June 2020

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program in Clinical Psychology

The APA accredited Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in Clinical Psychology at West Chester University follows a practitioner-scholar model that prepares students for leadership roles as culturally competent psychologists. Through didactic coursework and supervised clinical training experiences beginning in the first year of the PsyD program, graduates of WCU's program will

  • Be prepared to implement evidence-based practice to assess, treat, and prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, particularly among individuals who are at greatest risk and demonstrate the greatest need.
  • Be critical consumers of research, equipped to develop and evaluate interventions for the purpose of quality improvement and clinical decision-making.
  • Be adaptive to new knowledge in the field and responsive to emerging needs in an increasingly diverse society.

In the News

Unmet mental health needs of children

Dr. Laura DiCesare, Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and bilingual therapist, was featured on an NBC10 segment discussing trauma and the unmet mental health needs of children being held in U.S. custody.

Watch the Segment

Patricia M. Bricklin Student Ethics Award

Felin CharlesFerlin Charles, LCSW (Fall 2017 cohort), was the recipient of the 2018 Patricia M. Bricklin Student Ethics Award, given by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Ethics Committee to a student for "meritorious work...dealing with ethics or law in psychology."

Read more about the award.

Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant

ariana cAriana Zahn, MA (Fall 2016 cohort), earned a Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant from the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. The grant is being used to reimburse families and teachers for their time to complete interviews for her dissertation research on dispositional mindfulness and emotion coaching in low-income families with children transitioning to kindergarten.

Read more about the grant mechanism.

Community Mental Health Services Training Clinic
The Graduate School
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Additional Information

Individuals with questions about the new Clinical Psychology PsyD program are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, Dr. Angela Clarke. You may schedule a telephone meeting or an in-person meeting; if you choose to schedule a telephone meeting, please indicate in the "Notes" section that you plan to call my office at the scheduled time.

PsyD Program Overview

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