Diversity Committee



The Diversity Committee aims to promote an atmosphere of open dialogue around diversity within the USM Clinical Psychology Program. We believe a comprehensive curriculum will not only adopt an accepting attitude toward diversity, but will actively incorporate diversity training, where appropriate, into our research and clinical training models. We acknowledge that diversity represents a wide range of experiences including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, ability, nation of origin, language, and veteran status. Additionally, we recognize that an individual may identify with more than one of these domains.



Our major goals are to:

  • Promote diversity among the faculty and students of our program
  • Maintain an inclusive and welcoming program environment, including but not limited to students, faculty, clients, and visitors
  • Bridge the cultural gap between our training program and the greater Hattiesburg community
  • Enhance diversity training and sensitivity across our curriculum, including training relevant to research and clinical practice
  • Foster connections with other programs, students, and/or faculty with an interest in diversity-related issues


Committee Members



    • Tiffany Harrop

    • Hyejin Jin

    • Jessica Jorgenson

    • Olivia Preston 

    • Kim Barajas

    • Sam Daruwala

    • Taylor Altenberger


    • Joye Anestis

    • Michael Anestis

    • Stephanie Smith


Upcoming Events

  • Considering Religion and Faith in Therapy - Brian Bulla, Sam Daruwala, Taylor Altenberger & Nicole Smith

       September 5                                                            

  • Webinar (Previously Recorded): Culture and Therapeutic Alliance: Seven Empirically Supported Guidelines for Improving Multicultural Competency in CBT

Date TBD

This webinar aims to enhance clinicians’ competency in providing multi-cultural therapy within the context of CBT, via discussion of empirically-derived guidelines for achieving this goal in therapy with patients (and therapists) of various cultural/racial backgrounds. A multi-cultural case study presenting with several co-morbid Axis I disorders is briefly provided to exemplify the practical application of these guidelines over the course of CBT.   


Past Events

  • "What Were You Wearing"  - Art Installation Exhibit for Student Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • ALLIES Training - Examining concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality and the LGBTQ+ community

  • Experiences with Immigration and Citizenship in the U.S. (Bettina Mas Coffey)

  • Behavioral Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

  • Pediatric Obesity and Treatment Issues

  • LGBTQ Psychoeducation Training and Workshop (Jessica James & David Schultz)

  • LGBTQ Documentary Viewing (Lauren Khazem)

  • Working with LGBTQ Individuals (Guest Speaker)

  • Working with Individuals with Physical Disabilities (Lauren Khazem)

  • Working with Transgender Individuals (Dr. L.B. Bell)

  • Experiences of Non-Native English Speakers (Karin Fisher)


Reference Links

APAGS Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity

APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
LGBT Training Videos and Presentations

General Multicultural Training

General Muticultural Toolkit

Racial Traumatization Response


USM Office of Multicultural Programs and Services

USM Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Policies

USM Institutional Diversity Committee