LSU’s Psychology Department is strongly committed to promoting diversity broadly defined, including but not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, age, etc. The Psychology Department formed the Committee on Diversity and Outreach in Psychology (CDOP) to foster an atmosphere that values diversity and encourages open dialogue about cultural issues.

CDOP organizes and facilitates departmental workgroups in which students and faculty work together on specific topic areas to achieve meaningful changes to departmental activities. CDOP also serves as the liaison between these workgroups and departmental faculty to ensure activities and changes are promoted beyond the workgroups themselves, and to translate words into actions.

Join us for our upcoming Diversity Lecture Series!

  • Wednesday, April 14, 7:30 a.m. CST
    Dr. Derek Avery presents "A matter of time? The impact of temporal participation in the racioethnic diversity-performance relationship".
    For more information about Dr. Avery's work in organizational diversity/diversity climate assessment, see Dr. Avery's primary website
    Register for Derek Avery Lecture
  • Tuesday, April 20, 1:00 p.m. CST
    Dr. Eva Telzer presents "A Call for Greater Attention to Culture and Diversity in the Study of Brain Development".
    For more information about Dr. Telzer's work in developmental social neuroscience, see Dr. Telzer's primary website
    Register for Eva Telzer Lecture

CDOP Committee Members


  • Dr. Raymond Tucker (co-chair)
  • Dr. Paul Soto (co-chair)
  • Dr. Anna Long
  • Dr. Heather Lucas
  • Dr. Rachel Smith


  • Sydney Green
  • Vincent Medina
  • Rochelle Picardo
  • Erika Pugh
  • Stephanie Saltzmann
  • Shelby Stewart

CDOP encourages feedback about ways we can best serve the Department to meet our goals. Ideas for training, speakers, events, and other opportunities may be shared any member of the committee and will be discussed at our next CDOP meeting.

We strive to foster this atmosphere by:

Promote diversity among faculty and students of our department

Recruit faculty and graduate students from historically underrepresented groups

Host activities geared toward promotion of CDOP activities as a part of the applicant interview weekend

Host biannual social events that encourage interaction among undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty

Conduct climate surveys that are used to inform departmental policies and procedures

Committee Members: Rachel Williamson Smith, Head
Anna Long
Jeanne M Donaldson
Alex Cohen
Emily Elliot
Chris Cox
Xinrui Jiang
Shawn Gilroy

Encourage diversity training throughout our curriculum

Periodically assess the extent to which students and faculty feel that we are meeting our diversity training goals

Encourage students and faculty to participate in training opportunities on diversity-related issues

Promote mentoring of students through a variety of mechanism.

Committee Members: Jas Sullivan, Head
Amy Copeland
Mary Lou Kelley
Shelby Stewart
Vincent Medina
Anthony Robinson
Sydney Green
Paige Adenuga
Jessie Munson
Lindsay Clark
Erika Pugh

Draw attention to the ways in which we can incorporate a greater understanding of diversity into our roles as researchers, clinicians, and teachers

Promote research conducted by students and faculty on diversity-related topics

Explore ways by which we as educators can be available to students to discuss diversity-related concerns

Committee Members: Raymond Tucker, Head
Janet McDonald
Melissa Beck
Nicolas Oakey-Frost
Julie Buckner
Paul Frick
Emily Robertson
Erica Lozy
Sam Allouche
Brianna Cairney

Promote awareness of university and community events related to diversity

Host discussions on diversity topics

Inform students and faculty via listservs of diversity-related events at LSU

Committee Members: Matthew Calamia, Head
Julianne Speck
Tovah Cowan
Amy L Copeland
Emily Kemp
Stephanie Saltzmann
Emma Moscardini
Sarah Pardue-Bourgeois
Toni Walker
Paige Picou
Daniel Weitzner

Faculty Diversity-Related Research Interests

A primary aim of Dr. Buckner’s research program is to identify factors related to substance-related problems and other health-related problems (e.g., suicidality, anxiety), especially among individuals at particular risk for such problems, including understudied/historically underrepresented groups. Her research has included examination of psychological and substance use vulnerability factors among individuals who identify as African American/Black or Hispanic/Latinx, as well as those from sexual minority groups. She has also examined the role of gender in these processes.

Current research projects include a qualitative study of African Americans in Baton Rouge regarding their interest in participating in dementia research studies and a review of the racial and ethnic diversity of research published in neuropsychology journals. Both projects are led by a current Huel-Perkins Fellowship recipient, Erika Pugh, under his supervision.

Dr. Davis is involved in multiple international multicultural projects. Currently, he is conducting research on the relationship between racial identity and both social anxiety and self-esteem in children.

Has conducted numerous studies on factors related to African American children and family's adjustment following Hurricane Katrina, especially those from more impoverished backgrounds.  Dr. Kelley has also conducted a number of studies extending evidenced-based treatments for children’s academic success to low income minority students and their parents and teachers.

The primary aim of Dr. Long’s research program is to improve the process of translating research evidence into everyday practice for children. Subsumed within this overarching goal is research aimed specifically at informing the field about culturally responsive, evidenced-based practice. Dr. Long examines the transportability of interventions to diverse settings and client populations, as well as the influence of cultural variables on individuals’ academic and behavioral-emotional well-being. She is currently mentoring a graduate student (Aijah Baruti-Goodwin) who is funded by the Huel Perkins Diversity Graduate Fellowship award.

Has conducted research with and published a number of studies on gender symptom expression differences for autism.  Dr. Matson is also doing global cross-cultural research on how autism looks in various countries.

Current projects include a mixed-methods investigation of the relationship between transition-related medical interventions and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in Transgender and Gender Diverse Veterans.   

Our research involves developing ways to measure mental health using objective analysis of language, vocal/facial expressions and other behaviors. This research focuses on how these measures systematically vary as a function of race, gender, socioeconomic status, culture and other individual difference factors. We conduct collaborative research with a number of international organizations, and we strive to develop culturally-sensitive and accurate algorithms/methods as part of these projects.

Dr. Smith's lab examines the experiences and well-being of diverse employees (e.g., race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, etc.), as well as how organizations can implement equitable and inclusive business practices that promote diversity. One of her current graduate students (Sydney Green) is funded by the Huel Perkins Diversity Graduate Fellowship award.

Dr. Sullivan studies the impact of race on political and psychological outcomes. His current projects focus on the following topics: African American racial identity and reactions to and coping with discrimination.

upward bound students in conf room

LSU Psychology undergraduate student, Taylor Hunter, and Dr. Emily Elliott meet with a group of Upward Bound students completing a Twitter Challenge, and discuss the Psychology major at LSU.

Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School administers the Huel Perkins Diversity Graduate Fellowship for minority students.

This is a four-year, well-funded scholarship that is intended to support the LSU and national goals of increasing the numbers of historically under-represented groups in graduate schools, including, but not limited to:

  • First-generation college students from low-income families
  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic American
  • American Indian
  • Alaskan Native
  • Native Hawaiians and other U.S. Pacific Islanders

All recipients must be newly entering doctoral students at the time of the appointment. Students will be considered based on the academic and non-academic strengths and achievements of all eligible students.

A second fellowship, the Southern Regional Education Board – State Doctoral Scholars Program

This fellowship provides 10 fellowships per year statewide for support of racially underrepresented students seeking doctoral degrees. This fellowship not only provides a four-year, well-funded scholarship but also supplies multiple layers of support including:

  • Academic/research funding
  • Career counseling and job postings
  • Scholar counseling and advocacy
  • A scholar directory for networking and recruiting
  • An invitation to the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
  • Continued early career support

Current Huel-Perkins Fellowship Recipients

Paige Adenuga, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Lindsay Clark, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Sydney Green, Industrial Organizational Psychology Doctoral Student

Jessie Munson, School Psychology Doctoral Student

Erika Pugh, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Anthony Robinson, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Current SREB Fellowship Recipients

Toni Walker, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student


2015 Diversity Scholar Award Recipients

LSU Diversity Statement

“LSU strives to create an inclusive, respectful, intellectually challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, disability, family status, experiences, opinions, and ideas.”

For more information regarding Diversity at LSU, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website, or contact them in 135 Thomas Boyd Hall, by phone 225-578-5736, or by email diversity@lsu.edu.