Section I: Governance Structure

President (2014-2016)

Wendi S. Williams, PhD Wendi S. Williams, PhD
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Counseling
Long Island University – Brooklyn School of Education
9 Hanover Place, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Telephone: (718) 780-4369
Fax: (718) 246-6351

Research Interests: Wendi Williams, PhD, is a counseling psychologist and is on faculty at Long Island University – Brooklyn in the department of Counseling and School Psychology. Her work centers on the development, implementation and evaluation of school and community-based health and educational interventions that promote optimal health and well-being among urban youth and their families and the practitioners that will work with them. She engages research for action and social change and implements interventions that build critical consciousness among participants. Her intent is to facilitate awareness about the connection between physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness among populations disconnected from these relationships.

President-Elect (2016-2017)

Vivian D. Barnette, PhD

Past President

Earlise Ward, PhD Earlise Ward, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Telephone: (608) 263-0745

Research Interests: Earlise Ward, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Nursing. Her program of research focuses on developing and testing a culturally-specific behavioral intervention to treat depression among African American adults. Her long research goal is to reduce mental health disparities with a focus on increasing the quality of mental health care provided to African Americans and improving mental health outcomes for this group..

Past Past President

Cat Thompson, PhD Cat Thompson, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist University of California, San Diego
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0304
La Jolla, CA 92093-0304
Telephone: (858) 534-3987
Fax: (858) 534-2628

Clinical Interests: As a multicultural feminist psychologist working in a college counseling center, Cat Thompson, PhD’s work focuses on assisting students in their transition to college and facilitating their movement into young adulthood. She is particularly interested in issues related to identity development, especially among biracial/multiracial/ethnic/cultural and LGBT individuals.

Treasurer and Awards Chair

Cashuna Huddleston, MACashuna Huddleston, MA   
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student   
Department of Educational Psychology   
University of Houston 
Houston, TX 77004

Clinical and Research Interests: Cashuna Huddleston, MA's current research interests are related to improving the conditions of black people and to bring about overall understanding of us as a race by looking at racism/discrimination, specific disorders/ health-related issues, and issues that directly impact black women. Under the supervision of her advisor, Nicole Coleman, PhD, Huddleston is seeking to understand the relationship between the risky sexual behaviors of black women and intimate partner violence. Her clinical interest involves developing and testing treatments for anxiety that meet the needs of older African-American adults at the Houston VA Medical Center & Baylor College of Medicine.

Membership Committee

Beryl L. Wingate, PsyD, LP Beryl Wingate, PsyD
Consultant and Private Practitioner 
Wells Fargo 
Employee Assistance Consulting 
730 Second Ave. S. Ste #285 
MAC N9314-020 
Minneapolis, MN 55479 
Telephone: (612) 667-7212 

Clinical Interests: In her corporate setting, Beryl Wingate, PsyD, is on a team that provides consultation focused on positively impacting team member engagement and productivity. In private practice, she primarily supports adult and adolescent females healing emotional distress related to multi –cultural/racial/ ethnic identity, and relationship issues, family of origin, and substance abuse issues. 

Beatrice Tatum, PhD Beatrice Tatum, PhD 
Counseling Psychologist, 
Executive Director and Owner 
Wellnesss Intiatives LLC 
1900 North 18th Street, Suite 414 
Monroe, LA 71201 
Telephone: (318) 410-1555 

Clinical Interests: Beatrice Tatem, PhD, is the owner and Executive Director of Wellness Initiatives, LLC a private practice dedicated to providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults. She promotes mental health and wellness through outreach and consultation. Tatem works with a wide range of behavioral and mental health issues for a diverse group of people. She has dedicated much of her career to the provision of mental health services, clinical outreach and civic engagement "to all and for all." Tatem focuses on women and children issues, sexualized violence, diversity issues, crisis and trauma, university counseling center administration and outreach. Her commitment to service within the mental health and sexual assault world has enabled her to connect her service to communities on local, regional, national and international levels. 

Cat Thompson, PhD Cat Thompson, PhD  
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
University of California, San Diego 
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0304 
La Jolla, CA 92093-0304 
Telephone: (858) 534-3987 
Fax: (858) 534-2628 

Clinical Interests: As a multicultural feminist psychologist working in a college counseling center, my work focuses on assisting students in their transition to college and facilitating their movement into young adulthood. I am particularly interested in issues related to identity development, especially among biracial/multi-racial/ethnic/cultural and LGBT individuals. 

Section I Dance Chair

Julii Green, PhDJulii Green, PhD
Assistant Professor
CSPP at Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92131 
Telephone: (858) 635-4847

Clinical and Research Interests: Clinical and Research interests: Intimate partner violence and ethnically diverse family relationships; trauma and attachment; multicultural and community psychology; Native American/Alaska Native/Indigenous mental health and wellness; ethnicity and underage substance use; child welfare system involvement, trauma and resilience; feminism and women’s issues (e.g. reproductive justice); cultural competency in mental health services; community-based participatory action research; and mixed methods research. 

APA Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), CE Co-Chair; Feminist Psychology Institute, dean.

APA Div. 35, Sect. I (Black Women's Concerns) and Sect. VI (Native American/Alaska Native/Indigenous Women), treasurer.


Jasmine R. Burton, PhD Jasmine R. Burton, PhD
Owner, Licensed Psychologist 
Essence Psychological Health Services 
900 Lovett Blvd., 
Houston, Texas 77006 
Telephone: (832) 792-2533 
Fax: (832) 787-0314 

Clinical Interests: Jasmine R. Burton, PhD, is a licensed counseling psychologist and the founder of Essence Psychological Health Services. The mission of Essence Psychological Health Services is to provide culturally and gender appropriate psychological services to women, children and families. Burton’s research interests center on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, health and socioeconomic status on women’s mental health.  Burton has published and presented on such topics, as mental health needs of women with SMI, sexual scripts for African American within Hip-Hop culture, multicultural theory and racial identity development. Her clinical focus is on women’s mental health, sexuality, and trauma. In addition, Burton provides specialty services to women experiencing challenges related to reproductive complications, trauma, loss and early infant mortality.


Maryam Jernigan, PhDMaryam Jernigan, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Yale University School of Medicine
Program for Obesity, Eating and Weight Research
301 Cedar Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06520  
Telephone: (203) 737-5793

Clinical and Research Interests: Maryam Jernigan, PhD, has worked in the area of program development and implementation of culturally responsive interventions for black and Latino youths for numerous years. More broadly, her research interests include racial identity development theory, specifically its impact on the lives of children and adolescents of color. Racial identity social interactions in training and supervision represent another area of clinical and research focus. Jernigan is currently a T32 research fellow at Yale University focused on investigating the social determinants of health disparities in the prevalence of obesity amongst black and Latino youths.

Still I Rise” Newsletter Co-Editors

Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhDBatsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhD
Counseling Psychologist  
University of Pennsylvania  
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  
3624 Market Street, First Floor, West  
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615  
Telephone: (215) 898-7021  
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Research Interests: In addition to providing individual and group therapy, Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhD, enjoys participating in training, and outreach and prevention services at CAPS. Bvunzawabaya's clinical interests include body image concerns, sexual trauma, racial and ethnic identity development (particularly with students of African descent) and multicultural and social justice counseling. Research interests include exploring how social justice is incorporated in all aspects of our work, eating concerns and ethics. 

Collette C-Hilliard, PhD Collette Chapman-Hilliard, PhD
Assistant Professor
Co-director MOSAIC Laboratory 
Department of Psychology College of Staten Island
City University of New York (CUNY)
Telephone: (718) 982-3764  
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Research Interests: Collette Chapman-Hilliard, PhD, is a counseling psychologist and faculty member at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island. Hilliard’s research interests focus on the psychological experiences of racial and ethnic groups, particularly among people of African descent. Specifically, her research interests may be characterized by three interrelated areas of inquiry: racial and ethnic identity development, cultural counter-spaces and social justice topics, such as cultural consciousness and culture-centered psychological assessment/ measurement. Hilliard examines each of these areas as they relate to aspects of mental health and correlates of academic achievement.

Early Career Committee Representative

Telsie A. Davis, PhDTelsie A. Davis, PhD
Military Sexual Trauma/Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Trauma Recovery Program
Atlanta Veterans Administration & Medical Center
The Davis Center, LLC
Telephone: (678) 390-5140

Research Interests: Telsie A. Davis, PhD, is a licensed counseling psychologist who specializes in evidence-based and culturally relevant trauma-focused interventions for African-American women in recovery from PTSD and substance use disorders. She actively conducts research in this area to ensure African-American women benefit equally from the scientific advances in psychology. As founder/director of The Davis Center, Davis promotes competency among mental health professionals in the areas of African-American women's issues in treatment, cultural diversity and mental health, and culturally competent delivery of manualized treatments for PTSD and substance use.

Student Representative – Social Media

Tiffany Williams, MEd, LPCTiffany Williams, MEd, LPC
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
College of Education and Human Services
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115

Research and Clinical Interests: Tiffany Williams, MEd’s research interests include racism, discrimination, black women’s struggles with work-life-family balance, minority women’s experiences in academia, minority pipeline research, minority doctoral student retention, practitioner burnout prevention and professional ethics. Her clinical interests involve working with adults struggling with severe mental health disorders and crisis intervention assessment and treatment practices within community mental health agencies and university counseling centers. Under the supervision of her advisor, Julia Phillips, PhD, she welcomes a new clinical experience, which is conducting psychological assessments for urban youth at one of Cleveland’s top child welfare agencies.