Going above and beyond: Exemplar diversity training in pediatric psychology

Idia B. Thurston, Wendy N. Gray, Elizabeth R. Pulgaron

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Diversity and health disparities have been highlighted as 1 of the 10 core crosscutting knowledge competencies for pediatric psychology training. Specifics about the actual implementation and integration of diversity training across various types of pediatric psychology programs are largely unknown. We surveyed program directors of graduate and predoctoral internship programs listed on the Society of Pediatric Psychology website (N = 103) about their diversity training experiences that went above and beyond what is typically required (e.g., graduate courses, continuing education). We received responses from 23 programs; 14 of these programs reported having expanded diversity training primarily at the readiness for practice (n = 15) level, followed by readiness for practicum (n = 5) and readiness for graduate school (n = 2) levels. Seven programs had diversity training that spanned more than 1 training level. We provided in-depth descriptions of exemplar diversity training at 5 programs spanning multiple training levels. Institutions aiming to integrate diversity programming into their training, with the goal of meeting recommended guidelines, can use this article as a practical guide. Future studies exploring the impact of integrated diversity training and impact on students at varying developmental levels are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015


  • Best training practices
  • Competency
  • Diversity
  • Pediatric psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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