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. 

This includes:

  •  identifying and developing diversity initiatives that support the growth of the organization and serve the needs of the public 
  • creating a more welcoming environment for psychologists and other mental healthcare professionals that identify as ethnic minorities, and/or are from marginalized populations 
  • promoting human values of equality and justice
  • decreasing the gap in mental health disparities in the state of Iowa
  • increasing psychologists’ cultural competence via educational opportunities.

IPA Members can see the Diversity and Social Justice Committee meeting minutes here

Committee Members

Joyce E. Goins, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Co-Chair, Diversity and Social Justice Committee
Assessment and Counseling Clinic
Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
The University of Iowa
PhD in Counseling Psychology, The University of Iowa

BS in Psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana

Teresa A. Young, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Co-Chair, Diversity and Social Justice Committee

IPA (Diversity & Social Justice Committee)
APA (Div. 17 Counseling Psychology; Div. 35 Psychology of Women)

Psychologist at St. Luke’s Hospital –

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, health psychology focus

Training & Education
Postdoctoral Fellow with Veterans Affairs – Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, 2017

Internship with Vanderbilt University – Veterans Affairs Internship Consortium, 2016
PhD in Counseling Psychology, Tennessee State University, 2016
MS in Clinical-Counseling Psychology, Illinois State University, 2011
BA in Psychology, Illinois State University, 2009

Teresa began working in the area of social justice by serving in leadership for the Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower (FLAME) at Illinois State University. She served as a public policy field advocate and chaired the Education and Programming Committee for the Middle TN chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Teresa also co-authored an awarded grant sponsored by the American Psychological Association – Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs to provide a social justice mentoring program to ethnic minority graduate students. She remains committed to the process of being an agent of social change.


Jennifer Kauder, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Gersh, Hartson, Payne, Hoffman & Associates in Iowa City.

PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa, 2009

MA in Psychology with a Clinical and Applied Emphasis from University of Northern Iowa, 2001
BA in Psychology from Kenyon College, 1997

Jennifer’s early experiences with having both physical and hidden disabilities strongly informs her professional work and her commitment to the mission of the DSJ committee.

Mary Schenkenfelder, MS
Graduate Assistant in Career Exploration Services at ISU

Assessment at Central Iowa Psychological Services 
Group and Individual therapy at Network Community Counseling

PhD student in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University

MS in Psychology from Iowa State University, 2017
BA in Psychology from Augustana College, 2014

Luis R. Sanchez, BA

PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Walden University

BA in Psychology from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, 2011

IPA Ethics Committee

IPA Diversity and Social Justice Committee
APA Div. 36 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Student Affiliate
APA Div. 37 Child and Family Policy and Practice Student Affiliate
APA Div. 51 Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity Student Affiliate

Research Topics of Interest
Fatherhood, Parental Stress/Anxiety, Parenting styles,

Effects of family relationships on child development,
Marriage and Family Counseling, and Spirituality into Psychotherapy


Upcoming events

  • 2019 IPA Spring Conference - Johnston, Iowa
    April 12, 2019 7:45 AM 
    Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines/Urbandale, 8600 Northpark Dr, Johnston, IA 50131


Diversity and Social Justice Resources 
Federal, State, and Local

How to be an Ally for Racial Justice

White Fragility-Beyond The White Echo Chamber  (online webinar experience)








How to Write Letters to the Editor that Really Get Attention

Where to Donate

Resources for Dealing with School Shooting/Psychological First Aid

Resources for Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups


In Iowa



Gender and Sexuality Resources


In Iowa

  1. Iowa State guide for inclusive language in data collection
  2. Comprehensive list of Iowa LGBT resources 
  3. Open and Affirming Providers in Iowa
  4. Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  5. Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault



Immigration/Refugee Resources


In Iowa


Criminal Justice Resources

Socioeconomic Status Resources

Civil Rights Resources

Disability Resources


Social Justice Resources


In Iowa



Conferences, etc.

National Coalition Building Institute

APA National Multicultural conference and summit

Psychology and the Other