LSU’s Psychology Department is strongly committed to promoting diversity broadly defined, including but not limited to with respect to culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identify, socioeconomic status, age, etc. The Psychology Department formed the Committee on Diversity and Outreach in Psychology (CDOP) whose goal is to improve recruitment and retention of diverse students and faculty.

We strive to meet this goal by fostering an atmosphere that encourages open dialogue about cultural issues. We strive to foster this atmosphere in several ways including: 

  • Promote diversity among faculty and students of our department
    • Recruit faculty and graduate students from historically underrepresented groups
    • Host activities geared toward promotion of CDOP activities as a part of the applicant interview weekend
    • Host biannual social events that encourage interaction among undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty
    • Conduct climate surveys that are used to inform departmental policies and procedures
  • Encourage diversity training throughout our curriculum
    • Periodically assess the extent to which students and faculty feel that we are meeting our diversity training goals
    • Encourage students and faculty to participate in training opportunities on diversity-related issues
  • Draw attention to the ways in which we can incorporate a greater understanding of diversity into our roles as researchers, clinicians, and teachers
    • Promote research conducted by students and faculty on diversity-related topics
    • Explore ways by which we as educators can be available to students to discuss diversity-related concerns
  • Promote awareness of university and community events related to diversity
    • Host discussions on diversity topics
    • Inform students and faculty via listservs of diversity-related events at LSU

CDOP Committee Members:


Dr. Matt Calamia

Dr. Tom Davis

Dr. Anna Long, Chair

Dr. Don Zhang


Kimberlye Dean

Alyssa DeVito

Katie Stanko

Shelby Stewart

Joseph Nolan, Undergraduate member

CDOP encourages feedback about ways we can best serve the Department to meet our goals. Ideas for training, speakers, events, and other opportunities may be shared any member of the committee and will be discussed at our next CDOP meeting.

Faculty Diversity-Related Research Interests:

Buckner - Has conducted research on substance use vulnerability factors in racially-diverse samples and has examined the impact of race and gender on substance use vulnerability factors and anxiety vulnerability factors. She is currently mentoring a graduate student (Kimberlye Dean) who is funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents/SREB Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity award. A component of this award is to support Ms. Dean's research on the impact of race on anxiety and substance use.

Calamia -​ Has conducted research on the neuropsychological assessment of naming ability in Spanish-English bilinguals; received an APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Diversity Program in Neuroscience (DPN) graduate fellowship; participated in the APA LGBT Graduate Student Mentoring Program

Davis - Has conducted research into the effects of Hurricane Katrina on minorities, and has conducted more basic research into the early development of racial-, gender-, and age-related stereotypes in children. 

Kelley - Has conducted numerous studies on factors related to African American children and family's adjustment following Hurricane Katrina, especially those from more impoverished backgrounds.  Dr. Kelley has also conducted a number of studies extending evidenced-based treatments for children’s academic success to low income minority students and their parents and teachers.

Long – The primary aim of Dr. Long’s research program is to improve the process of translating research evidence into everyday practice for children. Subsumed within this overarching goal is research aimed specifically at informing the field about culturally responsive, evidenced-based practice. Dr. Long examines the transportability of interventions to diverse settings and client populations, as well as the influence of cultural variables on individuals’ academic and behavioral-emotional well-being. She is currently mentoring a graduate student (Aijah Baruti-Goodwin) who is funded by the Huel Perkins Diversity Graduate Fellowship award.

Matson - Has conducted research with and published a number of studies on gender symptom expression differences for autism.  Dr. Matson is also doing global cross-cultural research on how autism looks in various countries.

Tucker- Dr. Raymond Tucker's research investigates historical and current cultural factors that influence suicide risk and resilience in underrepresented populations. Much of this work has focused on ethnic and racial minority factors such as historical trauma in Indigenous communities and racial microaggressions in people of color. Current work also includes the impact of minority stressors and gender affirmation medical intervention on the maintenance of suicidal ideation in transgender veterans.



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LSU Psychology undergraduate student, Taylor Hunter, and Dr. Emily Elliott meet with a group of Upward Bound students completing a Twitter Challenge, and discuss the Psychology major at LSU.

Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School administers the Huel Perkins Diversity Graduate Fellowship for minority students. This is a four-year, well-funded scholarship that is intended to support the LSU and national goals of increasing the numbers of historically under-represented groups in graduate schools, including, but not limited to: 1) first-generation college students from low-income families, 2) African American/Black, 3) Hispanic American, 4) American Indian, 5) Alaskan Native, 6) Native Hawaiians and 7) other U.S. Pacific Islanders. All recipients must be newly entering doctoral students at the time of the appointment. Students will be considered based on the academic and non-academic strengths and achievements of all eligible students.

 A second fellowship, the Southern Regional Education Board – State Doctoral Scholars Program, provides 10 fellowships per year statewide for support of racially underrepresented students seeking doctoral degrees. This fellowship not only provides a four-year, well-funded scholarship but also supplies multiple layers of support including academic/research funding, career counseling and job postings, scholar counseling and advocacy, a scholar directory for networking and recruiting, an invitation to the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, and continued early career support.        

Current Huel-Perkins Fellowship Recipients

Aijah Baruti-Goodwin, School Psychology Doctoral Student

Lindsay Clark, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Katie Stanko, Cognitive and Brain Sciences Doctoral Student

Juan Ventura, Cognitive and Brain Sciences Doctoral Student

Current SREB Fellowship Recipients

Kimberlye Dean, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Abigail Issarraras, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Philip Richard, School Psychology Doctoral Student

Toni Walker, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

2015 Diversity Scholar Award Recipients

Angel Norwood, Xavier University

Kelsey Kenniel, Spelman College

Danielle Mangrum, Spelman College

LSU Diversity Statement

“LSU strives to create an inclusive, respectful, intellectually challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, disability, family status, experiences, opinions, and ideas.”

For more information regarding Diversity at LSU, please visit the website for the Office of Diversity, or contact them in 135 Thomas Boyd Hall, by phone 225-578-5736, or by email diversity@lsu.edu.