Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Anna C. J. Long as the presenter of the inaugural Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture.
Towards Empirically-Supported, Responsive Practice: The Emerging Science of Cultural Adaptation
As the diversity of the United States continues to grow, researchers and practitioners have begun to question how responsive the movement towards empirically-supported treatments (ESTs) has been for ethnic minorities. For instance, scholars have exposed the potentially poor external validity of many ESTs, difficulties transporting ESTs to real-world contexts, and the overwhelming theoretical grounding of programs and practices in Western frameworks (Chu & Leino, 2017). Simultaneously, practitioners and professional organizations have highlighted a need to reduce inequities in the educational and healthcare systems, as well as to address diversity in vocational training and ethics. Part of this recognition grew out of the considerable mounting evidence that culture and context play an essential role in the intervention process (Bernal et al., 2009). Thus, it is now widely accepted that to be a competent practitioner, one must know the best available science and be culturally competent in its application. However, the when and how of culturally competent practice remains ambiguous. This talk will help to demystify this ambiguity by reviewing emerging advancements in the science of cultural adaptation and connecting them to the effective implementation of ESTs.
Dr. Anna C. J. Long is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Louisiana State University and a licensed psychologist. She is a founding member and Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Outreach in Psychology (CDOP) in the Department of Psychology, and a member of the APA Division 16 Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs.