ROYLEEN J. ROSS - The Society of Indian Psychologists LDI Fellow
Dr. Royleen J. Ross is from the Pueblo of Laguna, Village of Paguate, in New Mexico. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota in August 2018, as a member of the Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education program. She is currently on post-doctoral fellowship in Alaska at the Norton Sound Health Corporation in the Rural Health Psychology Fellowship track, where she primarily serves the rural and remote Alaska Native population. During her practicum years, she also worked with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa at the IHS Hospital in Red, Lake MN. Currently, Dr. Ross serves as the secretary for the Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP). In collaboration with Indigenous SIP psychologists, she and SIP colleagues authored a white paper advocating for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is the SIP Fellow for the APA Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests. Dr. Ross is currently working on a book on child maltreatment written from an Indigenous perspective and other projects related to the intersectionality between mental health and law enforcement in Indian Country, attributed in part to her former career experience as an FBI agent and New Mexico State Policeman. She is an active member of APA Division 35, Section 6 (Indigenous Women), Division 45, and Division 18. Her professional interests include policy development and advocacy efforts at the tribal and federal levels and the advancement of mental health for Indigenous Peoples.
SAEROMI KIM - Asian American Psychological Association LDI Fellow
The CNPAEEMI LDI has been privileged to have a number of esteemed notables as mentors to our leadership fellows. Mentors engage through guest visits, lectures, and one-on-one conversations or instruction based upon individual fellow needs and interests. Mentors are invited to participate based upon specific cohort specialization and interest.
Work with a senior mentor from your home association who can introduce you to your home association, the leadership opportunities with the organization, and the leadership skills and relationships critical to your success.
RUDDY TAYLOR - Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race LDI Fellow
Dr. Ruddy Taylor is a Clinical / Community Psychologist and works at Alaska Psychiatrist Institute (API), in Anchorage, Alaska. She is part of an interdisciplinary team, working with adults who experience mental illness. Her interests are depression, trauma, addictions and her areas of research include racial microaggression, social justice, and positive aging, with an intersection of spirituality. Her community work includes serving on the Anchorage Women’s Commission, the Anchorage Health and Human Services Commission, and the Title VII Indian Education-Native Advisory Committee and she is an active member of the Alaska Psychology Association. She also serves as the Diversity Delegate Liaison to APA Practice Leadership Conference (PLC) and Chairperson of the Diversity Committee and represents the Alaska Psychological Association on the APA Council of Representatives. Dr. Taylor earned her Clinical/Community Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) and has been a resident of Alaska for 30 plus years.
CYNTHIA MEDINA - Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology LDI Fellow
MARTINQUE JONES - The Association of Black Psychologists LDI Fellow
Dr. Martinque “Marti” Jones is currently a minority research postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Jones’ research centers on Black racial and ethnic identity development, identity theory and intersectionality as it applies to Black women, as well as culturally-responsive counseling with Black college women. Prior to joining the Teachers College community, Dr. Jones completed an APA accredited doctoral internship at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center and earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston.
ELIZABETH ARANDA - National Lationo/a Psychological Association LDI Fellow
Dr. Aranda was born and raised in Texas as a first-generation queer Latina woman. She completed her undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Austin and completed her graduate degrees at Texas Woman’s University, specializing in feminist-multicultural psychology. Elizabeth currently works as a Senior Staff Psychologist at University of California, Berkeley and also provides culturally-affirming neuropsychological assessments in private practice. She is passionate about working with historically underrepresented groups, particularly those with intersecting identities such as LGBTQ identified persons of color. In this vein, Elizabeth serves on the UC TransCare team, and serves as a co-leader for NLPA’s Orgullo, a special interest group committed to addressing the needs and challenges faced by Latinx sexual and gender diverse individuals. When not dedicating herself to her work, she enjoys spending time cooking and exploring the world with her wife.