Race and Ethnicity Guidelines in Psychology:
Promoting Responsiveness and Equity12
American Psychological Association
Task Force on Race and Ethnicity Guidelines in Psychology
Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives in [MONTH/YEAR]
Task Force Members
Karen L. Suyemoto, PhD (Chair)
Joseph E. Trimble, PhD (Cochair)
Kevin O. Cokley, PhD
Helen A. Neville, PhD
Sandra Mattar, PsyD
Suzette L. Speight, PhD
Tiffany G. Townsend, PhD, and Alberto Figueroa Garcia, EdD, MBA
David Jean, MA
Giselle A. Hendy, MA
1 Acknowledgements: The APA Task Force on Race and Ethnicity Guidelines in Psychology would
like to acknowledge Frank Worrell, PhD, Doris Chang, PhD, Maria Laura Pappa,, Wendy Peter,
PhD, Ifetayo Ojelade, PhD, Charles M. Liu & Alicia Enciso Lyschi, PhD, for their contributions to
the development of these guidelines.
2 This document will expire as APA policy in 10 years (). Correspondence regarding the Race
and Ethnicity Guidelines should be addressed to the American Psychological Association, 750
First Street, NE, Washington, 20002-4242.
Race and Ethnicity Guidelines in Psychology:
Promoting Responsiveness and Equity
Guideline 1. Psychologists strive to recognize and engage the influence of race and ethnicity in
all aspects of professional activities as an ongoing process.
Guideline 2. Psychologists are encouraged to maintain updated knowledge of the scholarship
pertaining to race and ethnicity, including interdisciplinary and global perspectives.
Guideline 3. Psychologists strive for awareness of their own positionality in relation to ethnicity
Guideline 4. Psychologists strive to address organizational and social inequities and injustices
related to race and ethnicity in organizational structures within and outside of psychology.
Education and Training Guidelines
Guideline 5. Psychologists strive to create an inclusive curriculum and educational environment
that promotes racial and ethnocultural responsiveness, equity, and justice.
Guideline 6. Psychologists strive to promote self-awareness, critical thinking, and reflexive
practice regarding race and ethnicity in their students, trainees, and colleagues.
Guideline 7. Psychologists strive to develop knowledge and skills in students and trainees for
community engagement with racially and ethnically diverse populations.
Guideline 8. Psychologists strive to promote educational systems that address the negative
effects of racial and ethnocultural biases and foster health, well-being, and justice.
Guideline 9. Psychologists strive to provide assessment, intervention, and consultation free from
the negative effects of racial and ethnocultural bias.
Guideline 10. Psychologists strive to engage in reflective practice by exploring how their
worldviews and positionalities may affect the quality and range of psychological services they
Guideline 11. Psychologists aim to understand and encourage Indigenous/ethnocultural sources
of healing within professional practice.
Guideline 12. Psychologists aim to promote health and well-being by challenging negative racial
and ethnic biases that perpetuate oppression in practice settings, systems, and methods.
Guideline 13. Psychologists are encouraged to be aware of the critical role of science in
informing practice and policy and therefore strive to conduct and disseminate research that
promotes the well-being of racial and ethnic minorities.
Guideline 14. Psychologists strive to identify and reduce the negative effects of racial and
ethnocultural bias in research methods, analysis, and interpretation of findings.
Guideline 15. Psychologists aim to explicitly operationalize ethnicity, race, and related
constructs in research.
Guideline 16. Psychologists aim to maintain racially and ethnoculturally responsive ethical
standards in conducting research.
Guideline 17. Psychologists strive to promote practices that ensure racial and ethnic equity in
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