Diversity Conference

12th Annual Diversity in Psychology Research Conference

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time


Register here


This year's event will be held both in-person on Marquette's campus and virtually. However you plan to attend, you can expect to:

  • Hear from Marquette faculty and students about their conducting cutting-edge research in diversity-related areas in psychology.
  • Learn how to maximize the appeal of your application to a graduate program from both Marquette University Graduate School admissions staff and from a Director of Clinical Training (DCT) with over two decades of experience in graduate training.
  • Interact with current graduate students who will answer questions about applications, interviews, and balancing the rigors of graduate school.
  • Receive a $50.00 application fee waiver for Marquette's graduate programs in psychology and counseling.

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Diversity in Psychology Research Conference Schedule

12:00 pm                       

Welcome and lunch

12:15 pm-1:00 pm      

Keynote Speaker: 

Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marquette University Department of Psychology 

"Sociocultural Stressors, Biology and Risk for Mental Health Symptoms in Mother/infant Dyads of Mexican descent”

1:10pm -1:50pm         

Poster Session (with prizes for top posters) 

2:00pm - 2:30 pm       

Creating a Great Application to Clinical Psychology Programs and Q&A 

Stephen M. Saunders, Ph.D., Professor and Psychology Department Chair, Marquette University Department of Psychology 


Graduate Student Q&A Panel:  Does Life Continue in Graduate School? 


Videos describing research on diversity-related psychology topics from faculty and graduate students at Marquette University (Continued access)


Poster Abstract Submissions

To present a poster, please submit a 100-word maximum abstract describing an ongoing or completed research project on a diversity-related, psychological topic. All posters will automatically be considered for the poster contest. The first, second and third place student posters will be awarded $75, $50 and $25 cash prizes. 

Poster abstract submissions should be submitted no later than Friday, October 8, 2021.

First and Last Name
submit a 100-word maximum abstract describing an ongoing or completed research project on a diversity-related, psychological topic



Psychology faculty and graduate students conduct research on a variety of diversity-related topics. Take a look at these videos to see some of the work going on in the department

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Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Generative Language - Maria Clara Cordeiro, Kodak Lab

Serving Underserved Youth - Dr. Lindsay Holly, Child and Family Interventions Lab

Mental Health Disparities research overview - Dr. Lucas Torres

Neurodiversity and Access to Services - Dr. Amy Van Hecke, Autism Lab

GENERATIVITY - Dr. Ed de St. Aubin

LGBT stress and alcohol use - Lucas Mirabito, de St. Aubin lab

Resilience and Relationships Lab - Dr. John Grych

SSAIL Lab Diversity Video - Sylvia Aquino, Hood Lab

Race Essentialism & Student-Teacher Relationships - Jamee Carroll, Grych and Kaugars Labs

Child and Family Health Lab - Dr. Astrida Kaugars

Sex and Race Microaggressions and Self Narratives in Black Women - Alexi Colburn, de St. Aubin Lab