Clinical Psychology Program's Diversity Training

Our program is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Training in DEI is viewed as an important, essential component of clinical training. Given that LSU is housed in Baton Rouge, a culturally diverse city (e.g., Baton Rouge is less than 50% non-Hispanic/Latinx White), our students have numerous opportunities to gain didactic and experiential training in issues related to individual and cultural diversity via coursework, research, and clinical experiences. We strive to integrate a focus on DEI into all aspects of training.

New Student Orientation

  • 1st year
  • This orientation includes resources on and off campus for students of diverse backgrounds.

Safe Space Training

  • 1st year
  • In preparation for conducting research and clinical services with LGBTQA+ individuals, students are required to complete Safe Space Training through the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. The goal of the Safe Space Campaign is to identify and educate individuals who will affirm and support all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. In the training students learn some basic LGBTQA+ terminology and ways to make language more inclusive, identify some of the privileges of being a straight non-transgender person, discuss the coming out process, and go over some ways to be a better ally to LGBTQA+ individuals.

Diversity Brown Bag

  • All years
  • The clinical area research brownbag meets monthly to provide students with specialized training on research. At least one brownbag meeting per year is devoted to research related to diversity/multiculturalism (e.g., research with underrepresented groups). Speakers have included clinical area faculty, other LSU faculty, outside experts on issues related to DEI, and LSU graduate students to highlight ongoing research by our students in this area. A list of some of these talks can be found on this link.


  • Our faculty strive to integrate explicit focus on training in DEI across as many courses as possible. Course syllabi include explicit statements regarding how each course includes training in DEI.
  • PSYC 7040 Sociocultural Basis of Behavior, a course with an explicit focus on didactic instruction on issues of DEI, including working with diverse clients and theories of culturally competent delivery of psychological services. This required course typically taken in the 2nd – 4th year.

Research Experiences

  • All years
  • Students have many opportunities to gain research experience with diverse samples. In fact, several of our faculty’s research is explicitly focused on race/ethnicity, gender, and/or gender identity. Please see the Clinical Psychology Program’s Diversity Related Research Page for some representative examples of recent research in this area by our faculty and students.
  • Observations and ratings by research advisors assess students’ approaches to working with historically underrepresented groups in the context of research projects.
  • Further, students are expected to explicitly discuss issues of diversity during masters’ thesis and dissertation projects and must adequately attend to these issues in order to pass thesis and dissertation meetings.

Practicum Experiences

  • 2-4th years
  • Students receive experience conducting clinical work with individuals from historically underrepresented groups (including but not limited to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status) during practica, during which students’ attitudes and approaches to working with diverse clients are monitored and discussed during supervision meetings.

Committee on Diversity and Outreach in Psychology (CDOP)

  • This department-wide committee’s goals include improving recruitment and retention of diverse students and faculty
  • CDOP members serve as a resource for graduate students and faculty to consult regarding issues concerning diversity
  • There are two clinical area faculty on the committee
  • There is at least one clinical area graduate on the committee
  • There is clinical area faculty and student representation on all 4 CDOP workgroups

Many other courses in our Clinical Psychology program incorporate training in diversity (e.g., courses on assessment and evidence-based treatments) and we strive to integrate a focus on diversity into all aspects of training.