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Diversity and Inclusion Excellence

Stony Brook Psychology has long been committed to diversity and inclusion excellence in our research, teaching, clinical training, and our department as a whole.     Diversity includes but is not limited to age, culture, disability status, ethnicity, gender identity, language, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The department is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for our faculty, students, and staff.  


Our department has a well-funded and influential portfolio of research on diversity. Diversity and inclusion excellence is well-integrated into our curriculum. We consistently teach undergraduate and graduate courses on diversity and inclusion including PSY341 Psychology of Prejudice, PSY347 Psychology of Women, PSY549 Prejudice and Discrimination, PSY559 Psychology of Women’s Health, and PSY594 Psychology of Gender. We continue to expand our offerings with new courses including PSY339.01 Gender, Sex, and Mental Health (Summer 2012), PSY339.60 Human Sexuality (Summer 2012), PSY386 Research Lab in Cultural Psychology (Spring 2014), and PSY349 Psychology of Sexual Orientation (Summer 2016).


Our enduring commitment to recruiting graduate students who are under-represented minorities (URM) in psychology and to providing a supportive and welcoming environment, are also seen in our record of successfully recruiting Turner Fellows ( and NSF LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows (


Additionally, our department has been home to AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Family Network since its creation in 2000 (  


Moreover, our faculty are leaders in diversity initiatives around campus such as the SUNY Diversity Task Force (2014-2015) and Stony Brook Diversity Plan Committee (2016-2017).  


Our faculty have been recognized for their outstanding contributions, including the 2017 Public Service Award for Dedication to Civil Rights from the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (


Furthermore, our department has consistently sought out Presidential Mini-grants for Departmental Diversity Initiatives to expand our department’s contributions to excellence and outreach. We have been awarded four mini-grants since 2010 (  


In 2016, we formed a Diversity Committee, composed of faculty and students, which is dedicated to promotion of awareness, support, and dialogue with regard to all aspects of diversity in research and clinical training (  


Continuing to foster diversity and inclusion excellence remains an important goal in our department plans moving forward.

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