Ethics and Cultural Competency Presentation And Panel

May 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Ethics and Cultural Competency Presentation and Panel

Event Schedule
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Attendee Check-in
12:00 - 2:00 pm Presentation by Dr. Evelyn Burrell and Dr. Shirley Yang
2:00 - 4:00 pm Panel Discussion

Program Description
We will be joined by Drs. Evelyn Burrell and Shirley Yang who will present on the Arizona Ethics Code and how it has correlated historically to the treatment of non-white populations. Areas explored will be the application of cultural competence to aspects of clinical practice: self-awareness, assessment, engagement, treatment, ethical and legal areas, and general multicultural consciousness. Then, our panelists will answer your questions to explore identity and experiences from their different racial perspectives applied to clinical practice involving multicultural patient scenarios. Attendees will have the opportunity to pre-submit questions while registering.

Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives
1. Describe 3 areas of cultural competency in clinical practice.
2. Identify 2 ways the Ethics Code does or does not pertain to or apply to non-white populations.
3. Recognize and self-evaluate our role and responses to at least 2 ethical dilemmas involving multicultural patient scenarios.
4. Provide 2 historical examples of how the Ethics code has impacted the treatment of BIPOC individuals.

Speaker and Panelist Biographies

Evelyn Burrell, Psy.D.
Dr. Evelyn Burrell is a licensed clinical psychologist in Arizona. Dr. Burrell is the clinical training director at Northern Arizona University allowing her to focus on training the next generation of psychologists in diversity and inclusion. She is also the owner of Arise Consultation and Training Services (ACT), LLC, providing trainings in cultural awareness to mental health professionals, students, and educators. Through her practice, Dr. Burrell has facilitated community events, bringing mental health practitioners and the Black community together to discuss mental health awareness with a focus on trauma; to include inter-generational trauma, racial trauma, and systemic trauma. She has also aligned with agencies and organizations to assist in fundraising opportunities for marginalized communities. She has worked with probation and police departments, developing training focusing on childhood trauma and racial disparities within the legal system.
Dr. Burrell is the president-elect and Federal Advocacy Coordinator (FAC) for the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA); she is the first Black person to serve in these roles in her state. As the FAC, Dr. Burrell visits Washington DC annually to lobby on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA). Prior to becoming president-elect, she held the position of Diversity Representative. During this time, she was able to offer stimulating conversation, continuing education, and training to psychologists, leaving a sustaining foundation for continued education and learning in diversity and inclusion. Dr. Burrell also acted as a diversity delegate for the APA for two years. Due to her advocacy efforts, she was recently awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Diversity award by AzPA in 2020.
Dr. Burrell is an innovative speaker and trainer. She has focused on teaching diversity and inclusion for over 10 years. In her “free time,” she enjoys traveling, playing with her twins, and spending time with her husband and friends.

Dr. Rachael Hunter Edwards
Dr. Rachael Hunter Edwards is Diné and a professional monster slayer. She was awarded a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in 2016 following a successful internship at the Arizona State Hospital. Currently, Dr. Hunter Edwards provides a full range of psychological services as a Clinical Psychologist at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Her rich, professional research and educational experiences along with her lived experience as an enrolled Diné woman provides her unique insight and perspective into the needs of the Indigenous population with the ability to implement culturally appropriate psychological services.

John M. Ruiz, Ph.D.

Dr. John M. Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ruiz’s program of research focuses on psychosocial influences on health. His NIH-funded research examines relationships between individual level psychosocial factors, social behaviors, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with an emphasis on biobehavioral mechanisms. In addition, Dr. Ruiz has recognized expertise in sociocultural aspects of racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly the epidemiological phenomenon referred to as the Hispanic Health Paradox. He is increasingly recognized for his efforts to advance health equity.
Dr. Ruiz is on the editorial boards of several journals (Journal of Latina/o Psychology, Health PsychologyAnnals of Behavioral MedicineJournal of Behavioral Medicine), is an associate editor for 4 journals (PLOS One, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Research in Personalityincluding Senior Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and has guest edited several special issues. He has active leadership roles in multiple professional societies including as Member at large for the Society for Health Psychology, Program Chair for the American Psychosomatic Society, and is a founding member and current President of the Behavioral Medicine Research Council (BMRC). Dr. Ruiz is also a leader in the push for health equity as Past Chair for APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES), appointment to the 2021 APA Presidential Task Force on Health Equity, and as a member of the inaugural APA Health Equity Committee. He is a permanent member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) study section, and he serves on the external advisory board for NIH’s Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) effort. At the University of Arizona he is the Director of the Health Psychology doctoral training program, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in the Department of Psychology, is a member of the Sarver Heart Center, Center on Health Disparities, Center on Aging, and the Hispanic Center of Excellence and has multiple adjunct/affiliate appointments across campus.

Talee Vang, Psy.D.
Personable, authentic, and engaging, Dr. Talee Vang is a licensed psychologist with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), as well as health equity. Her educational background as a social scientist and reputation as an effective educator brings a unique advantage in strategizing systemic changes within institutions. Dr. Vang has developed and conducted trainings on implicit bias aimed at decreasing health disparities, disarming microaggressions, and navigating intersections of identities through critical epistemology. Skilled at conceptualizing complexity, tailoring strategies and trainings to the unique need of any organization, Dr. Vang has a collaborative style that works well with matrixed organizations and staff at all levels including executive leadership. Evidence based theories, as well as strategies, and interventions rooted in human and organizational psychology inform the content and work Dr. Vang brings. Furthermore, Dr. Vang is a regular guest expert on public media including radio and television networks speaking to the psychological concepts behind many psychosocial stressors.

Ada M. Wilkinson-Lee, PhD, MS
Dr. Wilkinson-Lee is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC) and is an Associate Professor and Interim Head in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research, teaching and service are centered on addressing Latinx health from a community-based participatory action (CBPA) research perspective. Current and future research endeavors consist of a continuation of addressing Latinx health disparities from a social psychological perspective utilizing mixed methods and innovative methodology. In addition to her role in the AzPRC she is a Co-Principal Investigator and Evaluation lead for the Pima REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) grant which focuses on community policy level efforts to reduce health inequities among Pima County Native American and Latinx communities. She is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Hijos Project funded by the National Science Foundation that is examining the experiences of Latinx parents and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic focusing on sociocultural and environmental factors including ethnic-racial discrimination, microagressions, experiences with law enforcement, and political climate.

Shirley Yang, Psy.D.
Shirley Yang is a licensed clinical psychologist in Arizona and California. She is a Staff Psychologist at Arizona State University Counseling Services (ASU CS) where she provides clinical services to a diverse population of university students. Dr. Yang is also actively involved in training and supervision at ASU CS and has led trainings on diversity variables and intersectional identities in a supervisory relationship to onboarding trainees. Dr. Yang has experience presenting on topics related to working with Southeast Asian populations, as well as participating in a panel workshop on the trauma of racism and discrimination and its impact on people of color and allies in our community at the most recent Diversity Leadership Alliance Social Justice Conference. Furthermore, Dr. Yang is a Health Psychologist with Banner Medical Group, conducting pre-surgical evaluations to patients seeking bariatric surgery.
Dr. Yang is a board member on the Arizona Psychological Foundation, a non-profit organization working to further the field of Psychology in Arizona. Dr. Yang is the Diversity Representative of the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) and the chair of the Diversity Committee, organizing continuing education trainings and promoting advocacy on various topics of diversity. Within her role as the Diversity Representative for AzPA, Dr. Yang has the honor of being selected to participate in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Diversity Leadership Development Program and serve as a Diversity Delegate for APA.

CE Credits
4 credit hours will be available.  


$80.00 AzPA Member

$140.00 Non-Member Professional

$60.00 Non-Member Student/Postdoc/Retired

$30.00 AzPA Member Student/Postdoc/Retired