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CERA's mission is to promote the concerns and well-being of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) with an interest in community psychology within academia, practice and praxis; to promote training and professional development opportunities for BIPOC; and to advise and inform the Executive Committee on the implications of decisions made that affect the positive well-being of BIPOC.
Co-Chair: Sindhia Colburn, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Past-Chair: Geraldine (Geri) Palmer, Ph.D., Adler University, and Community Wellness Institute. LLC
Sindhia Colburn, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. Sindhia Colburn graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in August 2020, earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a dual concentration in Child and Community Psychology after completing an internship year at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology in Boston, MA. Dr. Colburn subsequently completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in integrated pediatric primary care at Children's National Hospital, with a focus on trauma-informed care and pediatric consultation for families from disenfranchised communities in DC. She is now a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist. Dr. Colburn plans to pursue a community practice career focused on multicultural and trauma-informed service delivery, program development, consultation, and advocacy related to educational and healthcare equity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) children and families.
Words from Dr. Colburn:
As a child of South Asian immigrants, I learned first-hand about the myriad of sociocultural barriers to adequate behavioral healthcare that many children in our country face, particularly within a healthcare system that is quick to patronize and pathologize families who do not fit the white, cis-het, Christian, US-born "standard." As I moved through my training as a clinical-community psychologist, I realized that the same system is also quick to defer the provision of culturally-responsive care and advocacy for communities of color to non-white/cis/het/Christian/US-born professionals, leading to greater workload and higher rates of burnout for BIPOC professionals. I volunteered for the role of Co-Chair of CERA with the hope of keeping the council moving forward and supporting the anti-racist work within SCRA. Both ongoing pandemics (COVID and racism) have been taking a toll on the health and well-being of BIPOC professionals, and our Black and Brown colleagues are being disproportionately affected. I feel an urgency to drive the work of CERA forward and to amplify the voices of our Black colleagues, and particularly our Black male colleagues, who are underrepresented in SCRA leadership and membership. It is my hope that in the coming year, we can work together to increase accessibility to anti-racist education within SCRA and in the community at large, as well as recognize, reconnect with, and honor our own humanity as we carry forward this work.
CERA is on summer break during July 2022 and will return with meetings starting in August of 2022. Please check back for days and time. There will likely be a poll distributed to find out the best meeting dates and times for members September 2022 - December 2022.
All meetings will be held virtually on the SCRA conference line. New members are always welcome! If you would like to join the CERA listserv to receive meeting information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the group.
Case Studies in Community-Psychology Practice: A Global Lens OER Textbook
Geri Palmer, Past Chair of CERA, worked with a team of colleagues on editing and authoring a community psychology practice open-education resource (OER) textbook. In the OER space, the textbook is free to students, which helps to cut the rising costs of higher education for students and their families, and is a great contemporary teaching and learning tool. For more information, please visit the homepage in the Rebus Community Press at https://press.rebus.community/communitypsychologypractice/