Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel Spoke on Mentoring Women of Color

Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel, director of training in psychology at Children’s Hospital in Boston and associate professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, gave a colloquium and taught a class in the Department of Clinical Psychology on April 9. Daniel’s lecture was “Mentoring Across Differences: Crossing the Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Divides.”

Daniel also taught a PsyD class, Treatment for Adolescent Girls of Color, and led a discussion of “Adolescent Girls of Color in Treatment: Incorporating Development in Context.”

Daniel’s career has focused on instruction, training, and mentoring. She is an adjunct associate professor in the clinical program at Boston University, where she advises the Minority Collective. At Harvard Medical School, she serves as advisor/mentor for the ALANA psychology interns and fellows at the affiliated training institutions. Daniel founded Next Generation, a mentoring group to increase the number of black women research psychologists who study black adolescents, in 1999.

In the American Psychological Association (APA), Daniel is the first black woman to serve on the board of directors; a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35); and a founding faculty member of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, sponsored by the APA Women’s Office. In 2006, she served as the chair of the APA Presidential Task Force, Centering on Mentoring.

She was associate editor of the journal, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, and is now associate editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She is a co-editor of The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women and Featuring Females: Feminist Analyses of Media.

Daniel has also won the:
Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award, in 2011
Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology, in 2010
Ivan Mensh Award for Distinguished Teaching, in 2010
HMS Amos Diversity Award, in 2009
Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology, APA, in 2008
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Award for Excellence in Diversity Training, in 2006
Initial Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35) Bonnie R. Strickland Award for Distinguished Mentoring, in 2006
2003 Charles and Shirley Thomas Mentoring Award from the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues
2002 Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award from APA
2001 Education Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois
1999 Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award (Mentoring) from the APA of Graduate Students
Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School, in 1998. Daniel was the first woman, the first person of color, and the first psychologist to be given this award.

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