Dr. Roysircar and Students Present on Issues of International Populations, Disaster Work, and Social Justice at APA Convention

Gargi Roysircar, EdD, and some current PsyD students will be presenting at the American Psychological Association annual convention in Denver this August.

Dr. Roysircar has participated in mental health counseling in earthquake-destroyed Haiti, tsunami-affected fishing communities in Southern India, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita-affected communities and responder organizations in the United States Gulf Coast, and in Southern African orphanages that serve HIV/AIDS-infected and affected children and women. Dr. Roysircar trains her doctoral student response teams in disaster trauma, culture-centered skills specific to a community disaster, and in self-care and resilience. She does research on trauma assessment with international child populations, such as, in Haiti and the West Bank, Palestine, for which she was awarded in 2014-2015 an American Psychological Foundation Grant. Dr. Roysircar is serving on the APA Taskforce for Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21 Century.

APA convention presentations include:

  • Roysircar, G. (2016, August). Chair of symposium, International perspectives: How people use religiousness/spirituality to cope. Collaborative programming of APA’s Div 17 Counseling Psychology, Div 36, Religion and Spirituality, Div 45, Psychological Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, and Div 52, International Psychology. Annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 5th

Roysircar, G., & Ashland, T. (3rd yr. PsyD). Haitian religiousness and children’s   resilience.

Chao, R., Ph.D., University of Denver. Taiwanese religiousness/spirituality and loneliness.

Worthington, E., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University. Forgiveness and religious interventions in the U.S.A. and international contexts.

Discussants: Donelda Cook, Dean, Student Development/Affairs, Loyola University of Maryland; Edward Shafranske, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, CA; and P. Scott Richards, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Brigham Young University, Utah.

  • Roysircar, G., & Thompson, A. (3rd yr. PsyD) (2016, August). Multidimensional scaling of Haitian children’s HTP Resilience and Vulnerability indexes and self-report measures of self-esteem, self-concept, and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Poster for Personality and Social Psychology at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 6th.
  • Roysircar, G. (Discussant), Weisberg, L. (Chair, 4th yr. PsyD), Rodgers, S. (2nd yr. PsyD), & Lazzari, C. A. (2nd yr. PsyD) (2016, August). Syrian refugee crisis: Psychologists’ responsibility for human rights and mental health. Symposium, APAGS sponsored, at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 6th.

Additional articles, book chapters, and presentations that also address issues of social justice, disaster, and culture by Dr. Roysircar include:

  • Roysircar, G., Ashland, T., & Boudreau, M. (2016).”Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. The article is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09515070.2016.1172204.
  • Roysircar G., & Lanza, A.(PsyD 2015) (2016). First responder mental health: Ethical responsibility for prevention, postvention, and treatment programs. In M. Leach & E. Welfel (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of applied psychological ethics. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Roysircar, G.  (2016). Member of the APA Task Force for Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. First draft under review with APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI).
  • Roysircar, G. (2016, April). Health equity for immigrants and refugees. Georgia State University Biannual Cultural Competency Conference: Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity:  Clinical and Community Innovations, University Counseling Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 8.
  • Roysircar, G. (2016, July). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Paper at symposium: Community Approaches to Cultural Diversity, Crime, and Natural Disaster. International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan, July 29th.
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