Psychology: Black Psychology and the Psychology of Marginalized Communities

Spring 2023
Day, Evening and Weekend
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 25
8 16 Credits per quarter
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Black folks, women, Queers, and other marginalized communities have been poorly served by psychology, particularly our home grown version in the United States. This truth ranges from the psychoanalytic movements that pathologized women and crafted our understanding of hysteria, to the deficit model used in research towards Black people, and the view of homosexuality as both pathology and criminal behavior. These threads of history continue into our current understanding and practices in psychology. The field has also transformed its understanding of identity politics, the social construction of identity and how we serve marginalized communities. Our program will address these themes through a study of early psychology, past and current research and practices as they impact marginalized communities.

We will examine alternative models of identity, past and current practices towards marginalized communities, and approaches to rectify potential discrimination in psychology. The program will provide opportunities for students to examine personal biases, our understanding of implicit bias, and how cultural values shape our understanding of identity and personal agency.

Our program may be taken for 8 credits or 16 credits. All students will meet for five intensive weekends during the quarter. Students enrolled in the 16-credit section will also meet on Mondays and Wednesdays during alternating weeks. Students enrolled in the program for 16 credits will construct a four-credit independent project and have a four-credit media literacy component.

The faculty: Marcella Benson-Quaziena is African-American, Queer and trained as a clinician (MSW) and Human Development and Organizational and Systems psychologist. George Freeman is African-American, Queer and trained as a clinical psychologist and systems theorist for the past 35 years. For both, their teaching, research, and clinical practice has consistently tackled issues of marginalization in these communities through clinical practice and teaching.


Spring 2023 Registration

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

Psychology, Social Work, Social Services

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$40 for assessment tools


In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Day, Evening, and Weekend
Advertised Schedule

The whole community (8 & 16 credit students) will meet weeks 1,3,5, 7 and 10 on Saturday and Sunday. Full-time students will meet an additional two days (Monday and Wednesday) weeks 1, 3,5, 7 and 10.

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First Meeting

SEM 2 E2105 - Workshop