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Clinic Advancement, Research, and Training

Clinic Advancement, Research, and Training (CART) aims to facilitate the provision of high-quality assessment and therapy services to members of the local community.

Culture and Trauma Research Lab

The Culture and Trauma Research Lab meets weekly to conduct qualitative and quantitative research on the cultural context of interpersonal trauma recovery. Projects, including critical analyses of literature, focus on partner abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, genocide, and the societal trauma of racism. Current populations of interest are American Indian, African American, Latina, Asian American, Jewish American, Liberian, and South African. The lab has also examined the role of religion and spirituality in the trauma recovery process.

Iluminar, Community Action, and Research Lab

Illuminating lives through multicultural research and discovery. Iluminar is the Spanish word that means to illuminate. It is our hope that the research projects and issues we choose to engage in with communities, provide more insights and “give light to” areas within psychology that need to be better understood in order to provide more just and equitable outcomes for underserved and unserved multicultural communities. Iluminar is grounded in a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) theoretical framework of understanding.

Language and Culture Lab

The Language and Culture Lab meets weekly to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to understand and empower diverse communities within a cultural context. The lab is inspired by Martín-Baró’s work on Liberation Psychology and conducts four tracks of research in the areas of language and culture within the field of psychology.

MFT Practicum

The MFT Clinical Training Department serves all students and recent graduates of GSEP's Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

Multicultural Research and Training Lab (MRTL)

MRTL was organized by a cohort of Psychology faculty members at GSEP to provide Psy.D. students engaged in multicultural research a space to discuss and receive feedback on their clinical dissertations topics. In addition to offering dissertation support, MRTL provides students the opportunity to discuss their views on how effectively the Psy.D. program contributes to their multicultural competence and the ways in which GSEP can offer a more welcoming experience for students from diverse backgrounds.