Our Mission

In efforts to expand upon the current JDP initiatives, we formed the JDP Diversity Committee (JDP-DC), a student-led collaborative committee focused on diversifying the field of clinical psychology, improving culture-specific student training, and developing community outreach programs. The faculty mentor for the JDP-DC is Dr. Feion Villodas, the current SDSU Professor of Equity.  For the JDP-DC, diversity is broadly defined and includes identification by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability/disability, religion, language, socioeconomic status, and age. The committee is further divided into three subcommittees: 1) Recruitment/Retention and Mentorship, 2) Training, and 3) Outreach and Service. Students in each subcommittee work together on initiatives to fulfill the mission of the subcommittees, while collaborating across subcommittees to achieve shared objectives. The current members of the JDP-DC are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, immigration status, and social class, among other identities. With such a diverse membership we have the ability to ask culture-specific questions, provide new insights into the needs of underserved populations, and identify gaps in clinical training, research, and leadership.



1) Recruitment/Retention and Mentorship 

The purpose of this subcommittee is to both cultivate and maintain a diverse student body within the JDP and within the field of clinical psychology at large. The goal of the subcommittee will be met via initiatives focused on a) recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the field of clinical psychology, b) providing mentorship opportunities and resources to the diverse student body within the JDP, and c) promoting leadership within national and international organizations aimed at diversifying the field of clinical psychology. The overarching goal of the subcommittee is to diversify the field of clinical psychology from high school to early career.


Lexie Convertino Kassy Martinez Marina Nakhla Anny Reyes    

2) Training

The purpose of this subcommittee is to aid in the training of JDP professionals (Staff/Students/Faculty) and communities on topics related to mental health issues within and for diverse populations. This will be accomplished through workshops related to increasing competency, awareness, and education of emerging topics of diversity inclusion in psychology. Diversity training will span across various topics including clinical care, research, and professional ethics within the JDP and within the community.


Jessica Carrasco Kajung Hong Mariam Hussain Lily Kamalyan Wei-Ming Waston Samantha Hoffman
3) Outreach and Service 

Factors that interfere with equity, diversity, and inclusion long precede an individual’s entry into a graduate program, and so the diversity committee recognizes the need for efforts beyond recruitment and retention in our own doctoral program. The purpose of this subcommittee is to share knowledge with the community about fundamental principles of scientific research in clinical psychology and related fields and inspire grade-school students to explore opportunities for higher education as they develop their own interests. This will be achieved through community outreach and engagement efforts including but not limited to coordinating programs and activities in local schools and participation in diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the community.


Eliza Davidson Jiwandeep Kohli Maulika Kohli  Zanjbeel Mahmood Alena Stasenko