Our Vision: We as representatives of the field of psychology, with integrity, seek to promote equal opportunities for all.

Our mission is to be inclusive and welcoming of difference in all of our interactions with individuals within and across communities. We strive to eliminate social disparities through education, training, practice, research, service and mentorship.


  1. Support Outreach fellows as they promote the visions of the diversity committee through advocacy, outreach, research, teaching, and practice. 
  2. Support recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body.
  3. Support and recognize faculty, students and staff who make substantial contributions to improving diversity of the department, campus, community and/or society.
  4. Disseminate information that promotes diversity.
  5. Sponsor guest speakers that provide information on diversity both within the psychology department and across the university.
  6. Support seminars, workshops and programs that address and explore diversity issues.
  7. Build relationships with organizations within the college, across the university, and throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area, that embrace and expand the mission of the diversity committee.



Dr. Debra Harkins, chair
Dr. Lisa Coyne
Dr. Sukanya Ray
Dr. Yvonne Wells

Graduate Students

Katherine Bedard
Bridgid Conn
Mallory Dimler
Parastoo Ghazi
Camila Godoy
Krystle Rivera
Eva Woodward

OUTREACH Fellowship

The Outreach Fellowships are directed toward serving economically disadvantaged students, as well as economically and socially disadvantaged client populations. The purpose of the fellowships is to enhance the diversity of our program, thereby enhancing its richness and vitality.

The fellowship provides full tuition remission as well as a stipend for the first three years of graduate training. Recipients will be required to update and confirm their continuing eligibility in order to continue to receive the fellowship before each succeeding year of their participation.

Basic Eligibility:

  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in ethnic minority mental health or working in communities that are socially and/or economically disadvantaged. This commitment must be demonstrated in the application essay.
  • Consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate awareness and understanding of the unique issues faced by members of these populations (or members of communities that are socially and/or economically disadvantaged).
  • Applicants must demonstrate need for economic support determined by federal assessment guidelines.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be applying for the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology; the fellowship is not open to respecialization applicants.


Up to two fellowships are available for incoming Ph.D. students. Candidates should submit a 500-word essay that discusses their eligibility for and interest in the fellowship. Finalists will be interviewed by members of the Psychology Department. If you have questions about applying for an Outreach fellowship, please contact Abby Thibodeau in the Psychology Department (athibodeau@suffolk.edu or 617-305-1921).


Please click here to download the 2015 OUTREACH Fellowship Application.

Applying for the OUTREACH Fellowship? Here are the four easy steps to submitting your application:
1.  File your FAFSA at the start of the new year! Forms are available January 1st, and we ask that you submit yours by January 5, 2015. (We recommend estimating based on your W2 from the previous year if you have not yet received your most recent W2.)
2.  Download and complete the application form posted above. You can either type onto this form, or print it and fill it out by hand.
3.  Write a short (500-word) essay detailing your eligibility for and interest in the fellowship. Read the description on the application for suggestions and tips!
4.  Email your application form and your essay by January 5, 2015 to Abby Thibodeau at athibodeau@suffolk.edu. You can also fax your form and essay to 617-367-2924 or mail to Suffolk University Psychology Department, 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Abby Thibodeau.