Founded and co-directed by Dr. Hector Y. Adames and Dr. Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, the Immigration, Critical Race, And Cultural Equity (IC-RACE) Lab investigates topics related to immigration, culture, and race in psychology and develops models, programs, and interventions that are designed to promote and support psychological wellness within different Communities of Color. The lab is committed to speaking out against the social and racial injustices that impact Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), including policies and laws grounded on ethnic and racial hate, disparities in health and education, and the lack of access to resources necessary for individuals’ well-being, dignity, and joy. The lab advocates for social and racial justice through research, scholarship, and clinical practice, by focusing on community and ancestral strengths. The lab also emphasizes mentorship (i.e., from lab directors and peers) and promotes graduate student development by increasing knowledge, awareness, and skills necessary for members to become racially conscious and culturally responsive mental health providers, researchers, scholars, and educators. Through conducting research, engaging with community, and dialoguing on social media, the IC-RACE Lab takes an innovative approach to advancing a strengths-based psychology. In particular, the members of the lab work to promote a psychology that is for the people, by the people, and accessible to the people, as envisioned by our beloved mentor, Dr. Joseph L. White, the Godfather of Black Psychology.
Dr. Hector Y. Adames received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the APA accredited program at Wright State University in Ohio and completed his APA pre-doctoral internship at the Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP). By training, he is a neuropsychologist and currently a Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chicago Campus. He co-founded and co-directs the IC-RACE Lab (Immigration Critical Race And Cultural Equity Lab). Dr. Adames has published several books including (1) Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latinx Mental Health: History, Theory and within Group Differences published by Routledge Press, (2) Caring for Latinxs with Dementia in a Globalized world published by Springer, and (3) Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide published by Wiley. His research focuses on how socio-race, skin-color, colorism, and ethnic and racial group membership influence wellness. He has earned several awards including the 2018 Distinguished Emerging Professional Research Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, a Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the 2020 Distinguished Star Vega Award from the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA). In 2021, he was honored with a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his commitment to human rights and racial justice through his research, service, and mentorship. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @HYAdames
Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Ph.D. received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the APA accredited program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is a Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) where she serves as the faculty coordinator for the concentration in Latinx Mental Health in the Counseling Psychology Department. She is the co-founder and co-director of the IC-RACE Lab (Immigration Critical Race And Cultural Equity Lab). She has authored two books including (1) Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latinx Mental Health: History, Theory and within Group Differences published by Routledge Press, and (2) Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide. Her research focuses on colorism, skin-color differences, parenting styles, immigration, unaccompanied minors, and race relations. She has earned a number of awards including the 2018 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Citizen Psychologist Award and the 2020 Distinguished Star Vega Award from the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA). You can follow Dr. Chavez-Dueñas on Twitter @NYChavez
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