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Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology

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Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

  • Jacqueline A ConleyAffiliated withSchool of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, Chicago State University

The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) is an organization that serves Black psychologists and the larger Black community. It was established in 1968 by a small group of Black psychologists from across the United States (U.S.). Its mission is to seek liberation of the African mind, to empower the African character, and to illuminate the African spirit. To achieve its goals, ABPsi hopes to promote and advance the profession of African psychology, influence and affect social change, and develop programs to assist with problem solving in Black communities and other ethnic groups.

The ABPsi's continued growth demonstrates the importance of providing mentorship and a medium for communication among students in the field of psychology. As a result, the Student Circle was launched in 1993. The Student Circle provides opportunities for psychology students in the association to serve in leadership roles and obtain mentorship.

The ABPsi has three media to communicate and disseminate information to its members and the professional community: The Journal of Black Psychology, the PsychDiscourse, and annual conventions. The Journal of Black Psychology is a peer-reviewed journal which contains scholarly research that advances the field of psychology as well as African psychology. The Psych Discourse is a monthly newsletter that provides current information relevant to the association and the field of psychology. Finally, the association hosts an annual convention where professionals and students come together for a meeting of the minds and dissemination of research.

The ABPsi has over 1400 members in various chapters across the U.S. and abroad. ABPsi has had many prominent psychologists as leaders. Some of the most notable past presidents include: Dr. Reginald Jones, Dr. Na'im Akbar, Dr. Linda James Meyers, Dr. Thomas Parham, and Dr. Maisha Bennett. Dr. Reginald Jones published the first book on Black psychology in 1972. Dr. Thomas Parham developed a therapeutic approach and interventions to work with African Americans. In addition, Dr. Parham was instrumental in the development of the American Counseling Association's Multicultural Competencies.

The future vision of ABPsi is to continue with its critical work that focuses on African psychology, to provide forums for new and senior professionals, to provide and disseminate information to Black communities, and to be a voice for multicultural issues.

See also: American Psychological Association (APA) ; American Psychological Association (APA): Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) and Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) ; American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

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