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

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

Resources for Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups


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

APA Division 52, International Psychology

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

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

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)



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