Diversity and Social Justice Committee

The Diversity and Social Justice committee promotes awareness of and advocates for diversity and social justice through all aspects of IPA including: 

  • Identifying and developing diversity initiatives that support the growth of the organization and serve the needs of the public 
  • Creating an inclusive environment for psychologists and other mental healthcare professionals who identify as ethnic minorities and/or are from marginalized populations 
  • Promoting values of equality and justice
  • Decreasing the gap in mental health disparities in the state of Iowa
  • Increasing psychologists’ cultural competence via educational opportunities




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DSJ Diversity Graduate Student Award ($250)

This $250 award is meant to acknowledge and honor graduate student efforts toward promoting diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and/or social justice. Self- and other-nominations are welcomed. Applications are due March 1st. The recipient will be announced at the awards ceremony during the Spring Conference.

To be eligible, the graduate student:

  1. Must be a member of the Iowa Psychological Association
  2. Be a DEI and/or social justice advocate through community involvement, volunteerism, or organizational involvement
    1. Advocacy could look like completion of an impactful project, research in DEI/social justice topics, planning of or participation in an event, or involvement in an DEI initiative, and/or other demonstrated history of community involvement
    2. Examples could include: volunteering with organizations supporting those who are housing insecure, advocating for more equitable and inclusive policies in their program or workplace, or being active in IPA’s Diversity and Social Justice Committee

To apply, submit the following materials to Dr. Joy Goins-Fernandez ([email protected]):

  1. CV
  2. Letter of interest/nomination (500 words max) that clearly describe the following:
    1. Examples of the student’s DEI and/or social justice service (e.g., name of the organization(s) for which the student volunteered, populations that were served, frequency of service)
    2. How the student’s service benefited the target population or society)
    3. What the student learned or gained from the experience
    4. One letter of support from a community member (e.g., advisor, supervisor, employer, mentor) that confirms the student’s DEI and/or social justice activities. This is in addition to the Letter of Interest/Nomination.


Committee Members

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Joyce Goins-Fernandez, PhD
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
100 Hawkins Drive
Room 140-A, CDD Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
Tel: 319-356-2500
Fax: 319-353-7986
[email protected]

PhD in Counseling Psychology, The University of Iowa
BS in Psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana

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Sarah Fetter Anthoney, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Licensed Psychologist in private practice
Psychological Consultant, Disability Determination Services, State of Iowa

PhD in Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University, 2011
MS in Psychology, Iowa State University, 2008
BS in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2000

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Amber Rissman
School Psychology doctoral student
Pronouns: She/her/hers

University of Iowa, BA Iowa State University

Professional Interests
My research interests are ADHD, behavior, learning disabilities, and identifying disabilities. The main reason why I am interested in DSJ is that I have a learning disability myself.  I thought it would be a great way to keep up awareness and be a great fit for me too!

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Angelica Castro Bueno
Counseling Psychology doctoral student
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Bachelor of Arts, Kansas State University, 2016
Professional Interests: 
My research interests focus on the experiences of undocumented and DACAmented individuals. As a DACA recipient myself who grew up in a mixed-status family, I am deeply committed to supporting this community access mental health services and researching ways to combat the stigma associated with undocumented status.

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Alejandra R Castillo
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
Pronouns: She/her/hers

BS in Biopsychology & Counseling Psychology - Morningside University, 2019
MS in Psychological Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas, 2021
PhD in Counseling Psychology - The University of Iowa, Expected 2026

Professional Interests
My research interests involve autism, twice-exceptionality, rural communities, and multiculturalism with an emphasis on Latin populations. I am committed to being involved with the DSJ committee to support and provide awareness of underserved populations.

Pam Bozec
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Undergrad Institution
University of Iowa, BA Psychology & Elem Ed Teaching Certification

Grad School Program
University of Iowa, School Psychology doctoral program

Year in Program

Professional Interests
My overriding professional interest is to support administrators and teachers in the education environment in order to create a safe, supportive, and equitable learning environment for all learners. My current research interest is looking at educator beliefs and how those beliefs impact services for students with academic gifts and talents.
David Drustrup, PhD
Postdoctoral Psychology Resident
Pronouns: He/Him

Bilingual Psychotherapist @ Primary Health Care in Des Moines

PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa, 2022
MA in Counseling, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, 2016
BA in English, BA in Economics, University of Iowa, 2009

Professional Interests:
I'm excited to be a part of DSJ to see how we can achieve liberatory, community, and critical psychology-oriented goals in Iowa. After joining the Iowa Freedom Riders in Summer 2020, I learned the importance of radical organizing and hope to continue this in my professional life. Clinically, I am passionate about psychodynamic psychotherapy and supporting therapies of depth, insight, and relationship. My research is in whiteness, neoliberalism, police & prison abolition, and how to apply these to a radical and liberatory psychotherapy.

Upcoming events


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Diversity and Social Justice Resources 
Federal, State, and Local

Resources for Dealing with School Shooting/Psychological First Aid

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources


Book List

Children's Books to Teach Children About Race

Cultural Holidays Book List


Resources for Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups


44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in this Country

55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color

APA Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnicity, Race and Culture

APA Division 52, International Psychology

Mental Health Resources for Black Youth and Young Adults

Project LETS

Racial Equity Tools

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men

In Iowa

List of Latinx/Bilingual Mental Health Providers

Iowa Asian Alliance

Chinese Association of Iowa

Filipino-American Association of Iowa

Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival

Latinos Unidos of Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services - Community resources for Latino people




Chabad of Ames

University of Iowa Hillel


Gender and Sexuality Resources


APA Division 44, Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT issues

APA Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women

APA Division 51, Men and Masculanity

APA Guidelines for working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People

Preventing Substance Use Among LGBTQ Teens

Seek then Speak: National resource for finding help after sexual assault

Trans Lifeline - suicide hotline and monetary support/guidance for name changes

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

In Iowa

Iowa State guide for inclusive language in data collection

Comprehensive list of Iowa LGBT resources 

Open and Affirming Providers in Iowa

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Questioning Clinic in Iowa City

First Friday Breakfast Club (for GLBT men) Resources - Central Iowa

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center - Des Moines


Immigration/Refugee Resources


APA advocacy for immigration

Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families

In Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services refugee services

Iowa Department of Human Rights Immigration Services providers and resources

Immigration Lawyers in Iowa

ICCompassion services for immigrants

Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Justice for our Neighbors - Free legal services and education

AFSC Iowa Immigration Rights Program



U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Des Moines)

Mary J Treglia Community House - ESL classes, translation services, legal services (Sioux City)

Diversity Service Center of Iowa - education and legal services (Muscatine)

Diocese of Davenport Immigration Program

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (Dubuque)


Religious Diversity Resources


Criminal Justice Resources

APA advocacy for criminal justice

Iowa Legal Aid

Socioeconomic Status Resources

APA advocacy for socioeconomic status



Civil Rights Resources

APA advocacy for civil rights

Disability Resources

APA Division 33, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites

Social Justice Resources


APA division 9, Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues

United Way 2-1-1 for help finding local resources

In Iowa

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Guide to navigating Managed Care in Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services Services and Programs


University of Iowa Center for Human Rights

BUILD ACT Social Justice at University of Iowa

Iowa City Governmental Initiatives


Conferences, etc.

National Coalition Building Institute

APA National Multicultural conference and summit

Psychology and the Other