Section I: The Psychology of Black Women
President: Collette Chapman-Hilliard, PhD (2018-20)
President-elect: Jioni A. Lewis, PhD
Past President: Cashuna Huddleston, PhD
Secretary: Gihane Jérémie-Brink, PhD
Treasurer: Jasmine (Jas) Tilghman, PhD
Membership Committee Chair: Bianca Jones, PhD
Early Career Professional Chair: Sarah R. Cunningham, PhD
"Still I Rise" Newsletter Editor and Awards Chair: Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhD
Early Career Committee Representative: Telsie A. Davis, PhD
Program Chair: Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel, PhD
Dance Chair: Julii Green, PhD
Historian: Catherine Adams, PsyD
Student Representative: Anahvia T. Moody
Please fax your completed Section I membership application (PDF, 149 KB) and $5 dues to (202) 218-3599, or mail it to:
Division Services Office
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
If sending a check, please make it payable to "APA Division 35."
Questions? Contact Keith Cooke at (202) 216-7602 or email APA Divisions.
- To create a forum where black women can network and get mentoring and support from each other.
- To provide outreach, guidance and mentoring to black female students in psychology.
- To promote the development of methods of research and models of treatment and intervention that are ethnically, culturally and gender appropriate for black women.
- To increase scientific understanding of those aspects of ethnicity, culture and class among black women which pertain to the psychology of women.
- To maintain and increase the overall status of black women in the profession of psychology.
- To increase the quality of education and training opportunities for black women in psychology.
- To encourage the evolution and development of the specialty of the psychology of black women as a science.To advocate on behalf of black women psychologists with respect to the formation of policies of Div. 35.
- To promote the general objectives of APA and Div. 35.
- Felicia D. Griffin-Fennell, PhD; Danice L. Brown, PhD; and Rhonda L. White-Johnson, PhD, presented "Improving the Quality of Psychological Health Research, Education, and Treatment for Black Women" (PDF, 405KB). This session was sponsored by Div. 35, Section I.
- Telsie Davis, PhD, presented “Power Networking.”
- Viviane Barnette, PhD; Beatrice Tatum, PhD; Julii Green, PhD; and Wendi Williams, PhD, conducted conversation hour programming at APA entitled “Work-Life Balance for Professional Black Women.” It was guided by a presentation on wellness developed by Barnette.
- Black Women’s Coping and Resilience in the Face of Racial Trauma, Discrimination and Oppression (PDF, 425KB)
The legacy of slavery remains in racism, sexual assault, stereotyping and poor self-image. Practice self-care and activism, find social support and creative expressions, and use spirituality.
"The Rise of the Ghetto-Fabulous Party," by C. Richard King and David J. Leonard
- Carolyn Payton Early Career Award
This award, sponsored by Div. 35 Section I (Psychology of Black Women), recognizes the achievement of black women who are early career psychologists, specifically for published work addressing the concerns of black women and girls.
- Psychology of Black Graduate Student Women Award
This award supports graduate student research on the role of gender in the lives of black women and girls.