Psych for All: Excellence, Access and Inclusion
Dedicated to excellence, access and inclusion
Guided by Arizona State University's Charter and Design Principles, we aim to make a positive impact in our local, national and global communities. The P4A:EAI committee, comprised of dedicated Department of Psychology faculty, staff and graduate students, enhances inclusivity and excellence by strengthening our capacity to embrace diverse perspectives that recognize the various identities in our unit. These perspectives shape our approach to professional practice, research, teaching and service. Your ideas and feedback are welcome in our ongoing journey to create a more inclusive future for our department.
*Note: This webpage is incomplete and currently undergoing active editing.
Mission and goals
Foster a safe and supportive environment, addressing unique perspectives, equity and inclusion through advocacy, mediation and awareness programs.
Create initiatives to enhance diversity in the department, curriculum, and field, addressing barriers that disproportionately affect underrepresented groups, fostering inclusive representation, and promoting diversity in guest speakers, research, and coursework.
Advise on practices to protect and promote diversity at both departmental and university levels, covering areas such as hiring, admission, programmatic milestones, retention, promotion, recognition, evaluation and access to financial resources.
Indigenous land acknowledgement
The department acknowledges that our institution, Arizona State University, is situated on the ancestral lands of Indigenous nations. We thank the Native communities of the Salt River Valley — including the Akimel O’odham and the Pee Posh nations — who have inhabited this place for centuries, and whose stewardship of the land and waterways allows us to be here now.
Our psychology community
Total faculty members
Inclusive Teaching Circles
Explores strategies to support underrepresented and first-generation college students. These monthly meetings offer facilitated discussions on ways to make classes more welcoming and inclusive.
BIPOC authored psychology papers
Explore varied perspectives in psychology through this curated spreadsheet. Designed for instructors seeking to elevate their syllabi, the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) authored papers showcase voices historically underrepresented in academia.
Undergraduate Psych for All committee
Engage with the undergraduate Psych for All committee, a dynamic group of students dedicated to enhancing inclusivity and excellence in our department. Open to all undergraduate students, this committee welcomes first-year through senior students, providing a platform for addressing undergraduate-related concerns.
Associate Professor Becky Blais serves as the Director of Excellence, Access, and Inclusion. Her work focuses is on mitigating suicide risk within the military community, specifically among individuals identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and those underrepresented in studies on sexual violence survival in the military. Blais' lab is actively developing an educational program that seamlessly integrates military and civilian cultures within university classrooms. She's a first-generation college student and earned her PhD in clinical psychology.
Audra Attaway currently serves as an academic success advisor in the Department of Psychology's Undergraduate Advising Office. Her interests lie in working with first-generation, transfer and non-traditional students. With a background in non-profits and an MSW emphasizing community and organizational leadership, Attaway values broad representation and prioritizes individuals' lived experiences and knowledge for optimal service delivery.
Jennifer Kennedy is a staff member of the Arizona Twin Project, directed by Professors Lemery-Chalfant, Davis, and Doane. The ongoing longitudinal study explores sleep, pain, mental and physical health and academic competence in twins from infancy and beyond. Jennifer oversees data collection, training and supervision of a diverse group of undergraduate research assistants. As a Latina researcher, she is committed to contributing to the committee's primary mission of ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all.
Heading the SOCIAL (Student of Circuits in Adolescent Life) Neurobiology lab, Assistant Professor Jessica Verpeut's research focuses on understanding cerebellar neural circuits contributing to cognitive and social behavior across the lifespan using preclinical animal models. Verpeut also collaborates with outreach organizations, teaching machine learning methods to students in low-income and rural school districts. She holds a PhD in endocrinology and animal biosciences.
Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant has been professor of developmental psychology at ASU for over 20 years and serves as a mentor to many faculty and students. All of her research involves large, diverse collaborative teams that tackle interdisciplinary questions such as prevention of mental health problems in the context of intersecting risks of genetics, poverty, early adversity, racism and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Melissa Uribe is a graduate of the applied psychology undergraduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a current clinical psychology PhD student at ASU. Through her doctoral training, Melissa aims to understand the mechanisms of treatment adherence in Latinx and BIPOC for internalizing conditions like anxiety and depression. Melissa's goal is to take an ecological approach to mood and anxiety by considering environmental issues like neighborhood violence, acculturation, immigrant status, racial discrimination and family dynamics. In her free time, Melissa likes to practice yoga and meditation and trying new foods!