Initiatives of Two Institutions:

Old Dominion University [ODU] and Norfolk State University [NSU]

  • We Are O.N.E.
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EVMS Students
Students at
EVMS
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    Founded in 1930 as a Norfolk campus of The College and William and Mary, Old Dominion University now operates independently as a large, diverse public university. Just under half of ODU’s over 24,000 students are white; and nearly one-quarter have military affiliation. VCP students receive academic, clinical, and research training at ODU.

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    Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University provides VCP students academic and research opportunities at a mid-sized Historically Black College/University. A public university, NSU has approximately 5,300 enrolled students, about half of whom commute from off campus.

Diversity Committee
Our Mission

The Diversity Committee exists to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion and mutual respect that highlights and celebrates diversity within the Virginia Consortium and the broader community. We recognize that such an atmosphere is not an end-state but rather an ongoing process and an attitude to be embodied and enacted by our faculty and students both personally and professionally.

Who We Are
  • CHAIRS: Charlotte Dawson, Nathan Hager, and Dr. Jennifer Flaherty
  • FACULTY: Dr. Catherine Glenn; Dr. Kathrin Hartmann, Professor Emerita; Dr. Desideria Hacker, & Dr. Alan Meca
  • STUDENTS: Raksha Kandlur, Laura Kenneally, Jamie Macchia, Emily Putnam and Emma Trierweiler
  • Initiatives




    Research and Practice
    Our faculty and students are conducting research and practice that impacts at-risk communities and marginalized groups. Click the buttons below to view some examples.
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    Dr. Kelli
    ENGLAND
    Pediatric Health
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    Dr. Paul
    HARRELL
    Community Tobacco
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    Dr. Alan
    MECA
    Cultural Identity
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    Dr. O'Shan
    GADSDEN
    Black Masculinity

    VCPCP Faculty Diversity Spotlight

    MEET Dr. Kathrin Hartmann, Professor Emerita:
    I am an immigrant who came to the United States over 30 years ago as a young adult and at the time already privileged within American society. I was highly educated with a Master’s degree in psychology and I came from Germany, a country where I grew up in a language of similar Indo-European linguistic roots as the English language and with many shared cultural assumptions. Besides its privileges, being a German immigrant also brought negative connotations for some of the people I encountered in the U.S. In particular, the shadow of the brutal Nazi past during the Holocaust that continues to have deep intergenerational effects even for individuals who were born and raised after 1945. My personal upbringing and my university education sensitized me to the marginalization and discrimination of cultural minorities both in Germany, as well as in other countries.
    By virtue of living in the United States, I was able to deepen my life-long passion about diversity and cultural competence.
    Professionally, as a clinical psychologist, I have the pleasure to work with people of visible and invisible minority status who carry the accumulated burden of micro- and macro-aggressions typically directed at them. Being from a different country sometimes helps my patients and me to establish an easy working alliance that fosters mutual curiosity and trust. I specialized in autism evaluations and became keenly aware of the daily challenges that autistic individuals and their families face. Autism affects children and adults over a lifespan in many aspects of their lives, and especially in social and romantic relationships. In response to our community need, in 2010, several colleagues and I created the EVMS Autism Spectrum Program where we provide evaluations and treatment, conduct research, and advocate in the community by hosting community events and yearly conferences.
    I had the opportunity to teach and mentor several VCPCP clinical psychology students who shared similar interests in cultural diversity and underserved clinical populations during their dissertations and subsequent publications.
    I spent three months on a sabbatical in Chile, South America, to learn directly how neurodiversity is evaluated and treated in this Latin-American country with the hope to expand my knowledge for Latin-American patients in the U.S. I had the chance to present to my colleagues and clinical psychologists at other institutions about cultural competence. I was honored to receive teaching awards in the EVMS psychology internship program over the years (2006, 2010, 2013, and 2015), and most recently the President’s Diversity & Inclusion Champion award in 2018. Professionally, personally, and as a citizen, I will continue advocating for marginalized groups of people within our community whenever I can. At the same time, I will continue to focus on the particular needs of minority communities concerning access to psychotherapy services and appropriate treatment modalities.