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A Decolonial and Liberation Lens to Social Justice Research

This article, written by members of NLPA, focuses on approaches to psychological science that are rooted in decolonial and liberation movements. The authors provide information about how traditional ways of conducting psychological research can disempower and marginalize communities further, focusing on pathology and missing sources of strength, resilience, and knowledge. 
The authors discuss a set of recommendations for how psychological scientists can conduct community-engaged research in a manner that is with rather than to communities, including highlighting the importance of fostering critical consciousness; learning about communities' perspectives, practices, and historical and current contexts; sharing power and decision-making with communities in the co-creation of psychological knowledge; using research to actively liberate communities (vs. documenting deficits or disparities), leveraging strengths and resilience; honoring and respecting communities, including rights to privacy; and using one's position to advocate for communities.
These practices align super well with the spirit of our 2024 conference, which is focused on "Weaving a community-engaged psychological science."
Read the full article from APA PsycNet HERE.

NLPA endorse APA Advocacy Letter

NLPA recently endorsed an advocacy letter crafted by the American Psychological Association focused on creating changes to existing non-lawful permanent resident (non-LPR) cancellation of removal rules.

Read the letter HERE

NLPA Congratulates Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD on Recent APA Presidential Citation

NLPA warmly congratulates Dr. Lillian Comas-Díaz on her recent APA Presidential Citation from Dr. Thema S. Bryant. The citation was awarded to Dr. Comas-Díaz on the basis of her contributions and dedication to the field of psychology and society-at-large. 

Dr. Comas-Díaz is a clinical psychologist in private practice, and a clinical professor at the George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences. The former director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs of the American Psychological Association, she was a faculty member of the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, where she also directed its Hispanic Clinic. As a clinician-scholar-activist, Dr. Comas-Días has participated in fact-finding delegations investigating human right abuses in Chile, the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and South Africa. The author of over 170 professional publications, Dr. Comas-Días has written extensively on the interaction of culture, gender, race, ethnicity,  social class, and spirituality in mental health. Some of her books include: Liberation Psychology: Theory, Method, Practice and Social Justice (co-edited with Edil Torres Rivera), Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence; Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voices of Fire, Acts of Courage (co-edited with T. Bryant Davis); and, Latina Psychologists: Thriving in the Cultural Borderlands (co-edited with C. I. Vazquez).  Her recent co-edited book with Hector Adames and Nayeli Chavez-Dueñas on Decolonial Psychology will be published in late 2023.  Dr. Comas-Díaz is a recipient of the American Foundation Association /American Psychological Association Gold Medal Lifetime Award in the Practice of Psychology.

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