Joseph L. White

For the past 54 years, Joseph L. White has enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of psychology and mental health as a teacher, mentor, administrator, clinical supervisor, writer, consultant, and practicing psychologist. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at UCI, where he spent most of his career as a teacher, supervising psychologist, mentor, and director of ethnic studies and cross-cultural programs. White received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1961. In August of 2015, White received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his distinguished career as a psychologist devoted to social justice and committed to racial, gender, and cultural equality. White is the author of several papers and books. He was a pioneer in the field of Black psychology and is affectionately referred to as the “Godfather” of Black psychology by his students, mentees, and younger colleagues. His seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970, “Toward a Black Psychology,” was instrumental in beginning the modern era of African-American and ethnic psychology. In addition to his teaching and research, White has been a practicing psychologist and consultant. White was appointed to the California State Psychology Licensing Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and served as chairman for three years. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Menninger Foundation in Houston, Texas.

 

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