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Dr. David Chiriboga Serves on APA Multicultural Guidelines Revision Task Force

Since 2015, Dr. David Chiriboga has served on the American Psychological Association’s five-person task force to revise the Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice and Organizational Change for Psychologists, 2002 (Multicultural Guidelines). Retitled Multicultural Guidelines: A Reconsideration and Applications and approved by APA’s Council in August 2017, the document reflects the significant growth in research and theory regarding multicultural contexts since the original 2002 guidance was adopted, and encourages psychologists to consider how knowledge and understanding of intersectional identity develops from and is disseminated within professional psychological practice. Endemic to this understanding is an approach that incorporates developmental and contextual antecedents of identity and how they can be acknowledged, addressed, and embraced to engender more effective models of professional engagement.

The Guidelines incorporate broad reference group identities such as Black/African American/Black American, White/White American, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander to acknowledge within group differences and the role of self-definition on identity.

The Board of the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest's intends that the document continue to serve as the state-of-the-science in multicultural competency education and training, service delivery and research.

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