The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

Distinguished Lecture Series in Clinical Psychology

The School of Nursing and Health Professions hosted the Distinguished Lecture in Clinical Psychology with guest lecturer Joseph L. White, PhD, known informally as "The Father of Black Psychology".

His lecture entitled "21st Century Psychology and the Challenges Ahead" was presented on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the University of San Francisco.



His presentation reviewed four emerging trends in 21st century psychology:

  • multicultural psychology
  • positive psychology
  • social justice
  • emerging women as a force in psychology

Dr. White discussed how integrating these four emerging trends can a foundation for new directions in psychology.


Joseph L. White, PhD, is a professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. The first African American doctorate-level psychologist to be licensed in the state of California, White is a former chair of the State Board of Psychology and a current member of the borad of trustees of the Menniger Foundation. Among his influential publications is the 1970 Ebony magazine article "Toward a Black Psychology, " which became a groundbreaking literature in the formation of African American psychology as a professional field. He is also the author, with Michael E. Connor, of the book "Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America." White is a renowned author, scholar, and sought-after keynote speaker. He is a also a generous, inclusive, and resourceful mentor to students and professionals.

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(415) 422-6289, for more information about the Distinguished Lecture Series in Clinical Psychology or to be added to the mailing list for future lectures. Click here for information about the 2013 Lecture Series with Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, JD.