Diversity and Social Justice Committee

The Diversity and Social Justice committee promotes awareness of and advocates for diversity and social justice through all aspects of IPA including: 

  • Identifying and developing diversity initiatives that support the growth of the organization and serve the needs of the public 
  • Creating an inclusive environment for psychologists and other mental healthcare professionals who identify as ethnic minorities and/or are from marginalized populations 
  • Promoting values of equality and justice
  • Decreasing the gap in mental health disparities in the state of Iowa
  • Increasing psychologists’ cultural competence via educational opportunities
IPA Members can see the Diversity and Social Justice Committee meeting minutes here.


Committee Members

Joyce Goins-Fernandez, PhD
Co-Chair, Diversity and Social Justice Committee
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
100 Hawkins Drive
Room 140-A, CDD Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
Tel: 319-356-2500
Fax: 319-353-7986
[email protected]

PhD in Counseling Psychology, The University of Iowa
BS in Psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana

Nicole Holmberg, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Co-Chair, Diversity and Social Justice Committee
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Birchwood Wellness, LLC, an interdisciplinary group practice

PhD in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 2018
MA in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 2014
MA in Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006
BA in Communication & English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2003

Nicole is a bisexual psychologist and feminist. She practices in the Des Moines area and specializes in working with LGBTQ-identified adults.

Valerie J. Keffala, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Licensed Health Service Provider
Pronouns: She/her/hers

President Elect of the Iowa Psychological Association

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego
PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa

Areas of specialization
Clinical Health Psychology including:
Pain management
Psychological adjustment to physical trauma
Living with chronic illness

Other areas of professional interest
Meditation for physical and mental health concerns
Diversity and social justice related to patient care
Spirituality as it impacts attributions for health and illness

Marla Shapiro, PhD HSP NCSP
Developmental and Sports Neuropsychologist
Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology

UnityPoint Sports Medicine Concussion Center
Urbandale, IA
(515) 251-3880 Office

Sarah Fetter Anthoney, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Licensed Psychologist in private practice
Psychological Consultant, Disability Determination Services, State of Iowa

PhD in Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University, 2011
MS in Psychology, Iowa State University, 2008
BS in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2000

Amber Rissman
School Psychology doctoral student
Pronouns: She/her/hers

University of Iowa, BA Iowa State University

Professional Interests
My research interests are ADHD, behavior, learning disabilities, and identifying disabilities. The main reason why I am interested in DSJ is that I have a learning disability myself.  I thought it would be a great way to keep up awareness and be a great fit for me too!

Jessica N. Miller-Lange, PsyD
Postdoctoral Resident
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Central Iowa Psychological Services (CIPS)

PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Midwestern University, 2020
MA in Clinical Psychology, Midwestern University, 2017
BA in Psychology, 2015

Professional Interests
My counseling and assessment interests include child, adolescent, and family work. Specifically, I am interested in trauma, anxiety, defiance, learning disabilities, ADHD, parenting stress, and concerns for clients of racial and ethnic minorities and of diverse identities.

Lily A. Mathison, PhD
Postdoctoral Psychology Resident
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Central Iowa Psychological Services (CIPS)

PhD in Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University, 2020
MS in Psychology, Iowa State University, 2016
BA in Social Science/Psychology, University of Southern California, 2011

Professional Interests
My experience of having hidden disabilities and being queer inform my professional work and motivate me to become involved with diversity and social justice efforts like the DSJ Committee. Counseling interests include trauma, concerns about sexual orientation and gender, disability and health concerns, religion and spirituality, and concerns with discrimination and stigma. My research centers around mental health stigma.

Angelica Castro Bueno
Counseling Psychology doctoral student
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Bachelor of Arts, Kansas State University, 2016
Professional Interests: 
My research interests focus on the experiences of undocumented and DACAmented individuals. As a DACA recipient myself who grew up in a mixed-status family, I am deeply committed to supporting this community access mental health services and researching ways to combat the stigma associated with undocumented status.

Cara Solness, BSc

Doctoral Candidate
Pronouns: She/they

PhD (Counseling Psychology); intern placement at UCS, University of Iowa
BSc in Biological Psychology, McMaster University, Ontario

Cara's experiences as a gender non-conforming, lesbian woman informs her commitment to the DSJ committee and marginalized communities. Cara's research has focused on therapeutic alliance within group therapy for the TGNC/NB community and internet-delivered programs for peri-partum depression. Counseling interests include trauma, identity, and NICU-specialized mental health care.


Alejandra R Castillo
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
Pronouns: She/her/hers

BS in Biopsychology & Counseling Psychology - Morningside University, 2019
MS in Psychological Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas, 2021
PhD in Counseling Psychology - The University of Iowa, Expected 2026

Professional Interests
My research interests involve autism, twice-exceptionality, rural communities, and multiculturalism with an emphasis on Latin populations. I am committed to being involved with the DSJ committee to support and provide awareness of underserved populations.

Upcoming events


Diversity and Social Justice Resources 
Federal, State, and Local

Resources for Dealing with School Shooting/Psychological First Aid

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources

Resources for Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups


44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in this Country

55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color

APA Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnicity, Race and Culture

APA Division 52, International Psychology

Mental Health Resources for Black Youth and Young Adults

Project LETS

Racial Equity Tools

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men

In Iowa

List of Latinx/Bilingual Mental Health Providers

Iowa Asian Alliance

Chinese Association of Iowa

Filipino-American Association of Iowa

Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival

Latinos Unidos of Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services - Community resources for Latino people




Chabad of Ames

University of Iowa Hillel


Gender and Sexuality Resources


APA Division 44, Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT issues

APA Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women

APA Division 51, Men and Masculanity

APA Guidelines for working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People

Preventing Substance Use Among LGBTQ Teens

Seek then Speak: National resource for finding help after sexual assault

Trans Lifeline - suicide hotline and monetary support/guidance for name changes

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

In Iowa

Iowa State guide for inclusive language in data collection

Comprehensive list of Iowa LGBT resources 

Open and Affirming Providers in Iowa

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Questioning Clinic in Iowa City

First Friday Breakfast Club (for GLBT men) Resources - Central Iowa

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center - Des Moines


Immigration/Refugee Resources


APA advocacy for immigration

Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families

In Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services refugee services

Iowa Department of Human Rights Immigration Services providers and resources

Immigration Lawyers in Iowa

ICCompassion services for immigrants

Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Justice for our Neighbors - Free legal services and education

AFSC Iowa Immigration Rights Program



U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Des Moines)

Mary J Treglia Community House - ESL classes, translation services, legal services (Sioux City)

Diversity Service Center of Iowa - education and legal services (Muscatine)

Diocese of Davenport Immigration Program

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (Dubuque)


Religious Diversity Resources


Criminal Justice Resources

APA advocacy for criminal justice

Iowa Legal Aid

Socioeconomic Status Resources

APA advocacy for socioeconomic status



Civil Rights Resources

APA advocacy for civil rights

Disability Resources

APA Division 33, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites

Social Justice Resources


APA division 9, Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues

United Way 2-1-1 for help finding local resources

In Iowa

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Guide to navigating Managed Care in Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services Services and Programs


University of Iowa Center for Human Rights

BUILD ACT Social Justice at University of Iowa

Iowa City Governmental Initiatives


Conferences, etc.

National Coalition Building Institute

APA National Multicultural conference and summit

Psychology and the Other