The PsyD program was honored to host Cynthia A. Gómez, PhD for this year's Distinguished Lecture in Clinical Psychology, “Clinical Psychologists as Change Agents: When Freud meets Freire” in September of 2014.
The days of addressing psychological challenges primarily through catharsis or cognitive restructuring are behind us. Clinical psychologists have new opportunities to merge deficit models and asset-based perspectives to impact positive individual and social change particularly among the most disenfranchised. Using disparities in health as a platform, Dr. Gómez will offer examples from her own journey as a clinical psychologist, behavioral scientist, and policy advisor.
Dr. Gómez is the founding director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University. She previously served as co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco and has been a leading scientist in HIV prevention research since 1991. Her work has focused primarily on gender, culture and sexual health, on the development of prevention interventions, and on the translation of science to community practice. Dr. Gómez has served as faculty and student mentor to individuals in multiple institutions across the U.S., particularly among underrepresented minorities.
Dr. Gómez's full bio is available for download.