podcast_icon.pngEnhancing the Cultural Sensitivity of Interventions for Anxiety and Depression​

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By the year 2044, more than half of Americans in the U.S. will identify as part of a minority group. And a significant percentage will seek clinical care for anxiety, depression, and other mental health illnesses. This podcast addresses evidence-based and practice-based strategies for making treatment more relevant for these individuals with four national experts.

  • Doris Chang, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research and a Co-Investigator at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute.
  • L. Kevin Chapman, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky. 
  • Denise Chavira, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles, and the Director of the Culture and Anxiety Lab for Mental Health Advances (CALMA). 
  • Debra Hope, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Rainbow Clinic, both specialty services within the Psychological Consultation Center. 


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Chapman, L. K., DeLapp, C.T.R., & Williams, M.T. (2013). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Social Anxiety among Ethnic Minority Patients, Part 2: Bridging the Gap in Treatment. Directions in Psychiatry, 33(3), 163-176.

Chapman, L.K., DeLapp, R, & Williams, M.T. (2014). Impact of race, ethnicity, and culture on the expression and assessment of psychopathology. In Adult psychopathology and diagnosis, 7e, D.C. Beidel & B.C. Frueh, ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Drs. Chapman, Chavira, Chang, and Hope discuss cultural sensitivity at the Anxiety and Depression Conference 2016.