Division 45 Research Conference

The 2021 conference theme was Structural Racism: Resilience, Resistance, and New Insights. The division is thankful for the efforts of conference chairs Gigi Awad and Enrique Neblett.

Plenary Sessions

Below are videos of the Plenary Sessions for the 2021 conference.

Immigration and Xenophobia

July 8, 2021 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Rich Lee, University of Minnesota, Moderator
Usha Tummala-Narra, Boston College
Nayeli Chavez, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Charissa Cheah, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Barbara Thelamour, Swarthmore College

The past couple of years have been a difficult and traumatizing time for immigrants including the rise of xenophobia during the Trump presidency, the racialization and health disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian hate, and ongoing detention of immigrants at the borders. This plenary examined the problems and challenges associated with immigration and xenophobia in today’s society, as well as ways in which psychologists can address these issues through research, teaching, practice, and policy.

Structural Racism: Conceptual, Theoretical, Methodological Perspectives

July 9, 2021 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

William Cross, University of Denver
Helen Neville, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tiffany Yip, Fordham University
Art Blume, Washington State University
Gigi Awad, University of Texas at Austin, Moderator

This plenary explored conceptual, theoretical, and methodological perspectives pertaining to the study of structural racism within the field of psychology. Panelists discussed their work pertaining to structural racism and the role of psychology and psychologists in combating structural racism and its effects.

Following moderated Q&A and discussion among panelists, the session ended with interactive Q&A between panelists and attendees.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

July 10, 2021 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Enrique Neblett, University of Michigan, Moderator
Sannisha Dale, University of Miami
Cindy Liu, Harvard University
Mona Amer, The American University in Cairo
Lucas Torres, Marquette University

This plenary session explored the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. Panelists briefly described their work with regard to this topic and discuss: salient contributing factors to the impact of COVID-19; myths and misconceptions about COVID-19 and communities of color; current and future challenges related to COVID-19 and communities of color; successes and failures in addressing challenges-to-date; and concrete and practical solutions to address the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. Following moderated Q&A and discussion among panelists, the session ended with interactive Q&A between panelists and attendees. The session included a summary of the session and concluding remarks.

For general conference inquiries, please contact the conference co-chair (Robert Sellers) at: APADivision45Conference@gmail.com.  You can also visit the conference website for additional information: http://www.apadivision45conference.com/.