Dr. Janet E. Helms
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Dr. Helms is the founder of Huentity Psychological Consulting LLC and the creator of the most popular, widely used and widely cited Racial Identity measures. She is the Augustus Long Professor in Testing and Assessment in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College.
Her long list of accomplishments includes having been President of the Society of Counseling Psychology and a Fellow in Divisions 17 (Counseling Psychology) and 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Helms has served on the Committee on Psychological Testing and Assessment of the APA, a test policy advisory group, and was one of the co-authors of the Code of Fair Testing Practices. She specializes in theory and research focused on the effects of racial and cultural factors on testing and assessment, therapy supervision and practice, and educational and mental health policy.
Dr. Helms has published many scientific articles focused on these themes, including the influential article "Why is There No Study of Cultural Equivalence in Standardized Cognitive Ability Testing?" She was invited to testify before the New Haven Civil Service Commission, testimony that was later cited in the Supreme Court decision Ricci v. DeStefano. Her blog is RaceTalks@blogspot.com
Dr. Guerda Nicolas
Guerda Nicolas, a native of Haiti, joined the Education and Psychological Studies faculty at the University of Miami in August 2008. She was an associate professor at Boston College in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology prior to joining the EPS faculty. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University in 1997. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center and her postdoctoral training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, Department of Child Psychiatry. As a multicultural (Haitian American) and multilingual psychologist (Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole), her research is reflective of her background and interests. Her current research centers on partnering with ethnically diverse and immigrant communities to develop culturally effective mental health interventions to combat depression, address issues of racism and racial-discrimination stress, enhance the racial and ethnic identity development of children and adolescents, and promote individual, family, and community well-being.
Jacalyn Mindell, a licensed attorney, has experience in a variety of community and professional settings. She was founding editor of and reporter and photographer for the Topeka Sentinel, an award-winning community newspaper. Her publishing company, Content Communications, launched many innovative books with a race or culture focus, including the widely acclaimed, "A Race is A Nice Thing to Have" (now published by Microtraining Associates). She has won many awards for her community service and public service-oriented innovations and her media experience and legal expertise, including the state of Kansas's Living the Dream Award, its 1996 Women of Color Adult Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Media Award for Excellence in journalism, She is a Fellow of The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in the area of Race, Class and Ethnicity. Jacalyn Mindell owned her own law practice in Dallas, Texas before joining Huentity. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association. She specializes in issues of discrimination against those 50 and older, poverty, health and education and writes a several blogs including firstname.lastname@example.org
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