Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Psychology of Immigration in the New Century


Course Description: Mental health professionals are, and increasingly will be, serving immigrant adults and their children in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, clinics, and hospitals, and thus should be aware of this complex demographic transformation and consider its implications as citizens, practitioners, researchers, and faculty. This course aims specifically to describe this diverse population and address the psychological experience of immigration, considering factors that impede and facilitate adjustment. The course, which includes the recent theoretical and empirical literature on immigrants, (a) raises awareness about this growing (but poorly understood) population; (b) derives evidence-informed recommendations for the provision of psychological services for the immigrant-origin population; and (c) makes recommendations for the advancement of training, research, and policy efforts for immigrant children, adults, older adults, and families.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the new wave of immigration, briefly considering the principal motivations that propel migration as well as demographic profiles of the U.S. immigrant population
  • Explain the role of social attitudes toward immigrants, discrimination, and neighborhood contexts in immigrant adaptation
  • Analyze acculturation and identity formation as they relate to immigration research in the field of psychology and challenges relevant to several vulnerable populations and specific developmental challenges across the life span
  • Evaluate issues of assessment and testing with immigrants and second-language learners within educational, clinical, forensic, and legal contexts
  • Evaluate critical mental health challenges of immigrants in clinical settings -- addressing classic presenting problems as well as issues pertinent to diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and intervention

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 7 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Carola Suárez-Orozco, PhD, Dina Birman, PhD, J. Manuel Casas, PhD, Nadine Nakamura, PhD, Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, PhD, Michael Zárate, PhD, and Melba Vasquez, PhD

Content Publisher(s): American Psychology Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Suárez-Orozco is a Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development and Co-Director of Immigration Studies at NYU. In 2006, she was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for contributions to the field of cultural psychology and immigration. She also served as the Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration.

Dr. Birman is Associate Professor of Educational and Psychological Studies, and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami, School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Birman received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, focusing on immigrant acculturation and adaptation. After completing two postdoctoral fellowships, Dr. Birman was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2003–13).

Dr. Casas received his doctorate from Stanford University in counseling psychology. He is professor emeritus in the counseling, clinical and school psychology department at the University of California–Santa Barbara. He has received the California Association of School Psychologists’ Research Award, the Distinguished Contributions to Latino Psychology Award, and the 2010 Elder Recognition Award for Distinguished Contributions to Counseling Psychology, as well as the National Multicultural Conference and Summit’s Distinguished Elders Award.

Dr. Nakamura is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of La Verne and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University in 2007. She was then a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, San Diego and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dr. Tummala-Narra is Associate Professor Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.

Dr. Zarate is a Professor of Psychology at UTEP. His research focuses on the social cognitive processes that underlie person and group perception, and how those processes lead to prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. He earned his PhD from Purdue University.

Dr. Vasquez is a former president (2011) of the American Psychological Association. She received her doctorate from the scientist-practitioner counseling psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. After graduation, Vasquez served as a psychologist in the university counseling center, directed the internship training program, and taught in the counseling psychology doctoral program at Colorado State University and later, the University of Texas.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

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