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Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky

Antioch University New England

Gargi Roysircar received her doctorate in educational psychology with emphasis in counseling psychology at Texas Tech University. She is the Founding Director of the Antioch Multicultural Center for Research and Practice at Antioch University New England and Professor of Clinical Psychology. She conducts research on disaster outreach in international settings, the effects of acculturation and enculturation on immigrant mental health, multicultural competencies in practice and assessment, and training graduate students in culturally informed practice. She has authored 99 journal articles and chapters on these topics; a representative sample appears below.

Roysircar, G., Colvin, K. F., Afolayan, A. G., Thompson, A., & Robertson, T. W. (2017). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Traumatology, 23(1) 68-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/trm0000090

Roysircar, G., Thompson, A., & Boudreau, M. (2017).”Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 40, 343-372. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2016.1172204

Roysircar, G., & Pignatiello, V. (2015). Counseling and psychotherapy in the USA: The story of Rolando. In R. Moodley, M. Sookoor, U. Gielen, & R. Wu (Eds.), Therapy without borders: International and cross-cultural case studies handbook. Alexandria (pp. 165-172). VA: ACA.

Roysircar, G. (2013). Multicultural assessment: Individual and contextual dynamic sizing. F. T. L. Leong & J. Trimble (Eds.), APA Handbook of multicultural psychology. Vol 1.Theory & Research (pp. 141-160). Washington, DC: APA.

Roysircar, G., Podkova, M., & Pignatiello, V. (2013). Crisis intervention, social class, and counseling: Macrolevel disaster effects. In W. M. Liu (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of social class in counseling (pp.144-163). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Herzig, B. A., Roysircar, G., Kosyluk, K. A., & Corrigan, P. W. (2013). American Muslim college students: The Impact of religiousness and stigma on active coping.  Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 7, (1), 33-42.

Dr. Roysircar has participated in mental health counseling in earthquake-destroyed Haiti, tsunami-affected fishing communities in Southern India; Hurricanes Katrina and Rita-affected communities and first responders in the United States Gulf Coast; and in Southern African orphanages that serve HIV/AIDS-infected and affected children and women. She has provided psychoeducation in flood-ravaged Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Dr. Roysircar trains her counseling teams in disaster trauma, culture-centered skills specific to a community disaster, and in clinician self-care and resilience.

Dr. Roysircar is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divs. 17, 45, and 56). She was the editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development from 2004-2011. Her awards include APA’s Society of Counseling Psychology 2012 Best Practice Award; 2007 Research Award of the American Counseling Association (ACA); APA’s Society of Counseling Psychology 2006 SERD Diversity Service Award; and 2002 Extended Research Award of ACA. Her co-authored books are “Theories and Strategies of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Relevance across Cultures and Settings” (2017, SAGE); “Handbook of Social Justice in Counseling Psychology” (2006); and the Spanish translation (2007) of “Multicultural Counseling Competencies (2003)”.  Her instrument, the Multicultural Counseling Inventory (MCI), is the most frequently cited instrument among published self-report multicultural competency scales. Her article (Sodowsky et al., 1998), which uses the MCI instrument, was ranked 13th over the past decade among 25 most cited articles of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Roysircar is ranked in productivity ratings of authors in 5 multicultural psychology journals. She is an American Psychological Foundation grantee (2015-2016) and served on the APA Taskforce for Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21 Century, adopted by APA, August 2017. Dr. Roysircar is the recipient of the 2017 Division 35 Psychology of Women Strickland Daniel Mentoring Award.

Educational History

EdD, Texas Tech University

Dr. Roysircar is currently studying how psychology trainees interface with culturally diverse individuals . She has published numerous journal articles on topics including cultural self-awareness, therapists’ diversity competence, religious differences in counseling, and factors associated with different levels of acculturation in Chinese Canadian adolescents, as well as international students in the US. Some of her recent books include Multicultural Competencies: A Guidebook of Practices (2003, American Counseling Association); and Multicultural Counseling Competencies 2003: Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (2003, American Counseling Association). She recently co-edited the Handbook of Social Justice in Counseling Psychology (2004, Sage).

Roysircar G. (2013). Disaster counseling: A Haitian family case post January 12, 2010 earthquake. In S. Poyrazil & C. Thompson (Eds.). International case studies in mental health (pp.155-180). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Roysircar, G. (2013). Multicultural assessment: Individual and contextual dynamic sizing. F. T. L. Leong & J. Trimble (Eds.), APA Handbook of multicultural psychology. Vol 1.Theory & Research (pp. 141-160). Washington, DC: APA.

Herzig, B. A., Roysircar, G., Kosyluk, K. A., & Corrigan, P.W. (2013). American Muslim college students: The Impact of religiousness and stigma on active coping. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 7, (1), 33-42.

Roysircar, G., Carey, J.C., & Koroma, S. (2010). Asian Indian college students’ science and math preferences: Influences of cultural contexts. Journal of Career Development, 36 (4), 324-346.

Smith, M. L., & Roysircar G. (2010). African American male leaders in counseling: Interviews with five AMCD past presidents. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 39(4), 242-255.

Roysircar, G. (2009). The big picture of social justice advocacy: Counselor, heal society and thyself. Journal of Counseling and Development, 87, 288-295.

Books

R. L. Toporek, L. H. Gerstein, N. A. Fouad, G. Roysircar, & T. Israel, (Eds.). (in press). Handbook for social justice in counseling psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Roysircar, G. (in preparation). Multicultural cases: Conceptualization, assessment, and practice.

Roysircar, G., Sandhu, D. S., & Bibbins, V. (2003) Multicultural competencies: A guidebook of practices. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Roysircar, G., Arredondo, P., Fuertes, J. N., Ponterotto, J. G., & Toporek, R. L. (2003). Multicultural counseling competencies 2003: Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. Alexandria, VA: AMCD.

Sodowsky, G. R., & Impara, J. C. (Eds.). (1996). Multicultural assessment in counseling and clinical psychology. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of MentalMeasurements, University of Nebraska. (BK)

Keynote Speeches

Roysircar, G. (2009, January). Keynote: Therapist, heal society and thyself: Social justice advocacy in disaster response work. National Multicultural Summit and Conference, January 15-16, New Orleans, LA.

Roysircar, G. (2008, August). Keynote: Culturally sensitive practice versus empirically supported treatment. Annual conference of New Zealand Psychological Society, Christchurch, NZ.

Roysircar (2007, July). Keynote: The big picture of social justice advocacy: Counselor heal society and thyself. International Conference of AMCD, Extending Advocacy, Global Outreach, Critical Consciousness, and Praxis, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Invited Workshops

Roysircar, G (2014). Multicultural  relationship competency: Managing therapist-client cultural divide. Georgia State University Cultural Competency Conference, held by the university counseling center, March 13 and 14, Atlanta, Georgia.

Roysircar, G. (2009, December). Lost in cross-cultural transitions: Multicultural ecology of an Asian Indian’s immigrant losses. A workshop on multicultural case conceptualizations and interventions.. Department of Counseling and School Psychology and Special Education, and the University Counseling Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Invited Papers

Roysircar, G (2012, August). A scientist-practitioner’s journey to international disaster relief counseling: Passion, belief, humility, and the future of Counseling Psychology. Invited address in honor of Best Practice Award from APA’s Div 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, Annual Conference American Psychological Association, Orlando, Florida.

Roysircar, G (2012, February). Facilitator of plenary session, Honoring Elders in our field: Conversations on our understanding about acculturation. Roysircar’s paper title, Hope for hard work and looking for a better life: Welcome to English Class and our Neighborhoods Needs to Replace Show me Your Papers. The 29th Annual Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Newe York, NY.

National Conferences

Roysircar, G (2012, August). A scientist-practitioner’s journey to international disaster relief counseling: Passion, belief, humility, and the future of Counseling Psychology. Invited address in honor of Best Practice Award from APA’s Div 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, Annual Conference American Psychological Association, Orlando, Florida.

Roysircar, G (2012, February). Facilitator of plenary session, Honoring Elders in our field: Conversations on our understanding about acculturation. Roysircar’s paper title, Hope for hard work and looking for a better life: Welcome to English Class and our Neighborhoods Needs to Replace Show me Your Papers. The 29th Annual Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Roysircar (2013, August). Vision for international disaster response. In symposium (Chair, Roysircar), Disaster mental health service in Haiti: Vision, practicum, and research. Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Past Editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky headshot

Professor,

Clinical Psychology

Director of the Multicultural Center,

Clinical Psychology

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Courses Taught

Antioch University New England

  • Dissertation Supervision
  • PYR 877G Doctoral Research Seminar III
  • PYR 876G Doctoral Research Seminar II
  • PYR 875G Doctoral Research Seminar I
  • PY 870 Tests and Measurements in Psychology
  • PY 870 MMPI-2
  • PY 777 Human Diversity and the Clinical Enterprise. This course includes training in outreach services within local communities for immigrants and racial and ethnic minority men, women, and children, as well as service learning within agencies that are striving towards multicultural organizational development. Clinical Supervision of practicum students.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
EP 868 Multicultural Counseling, including training in counseling services to ESL and racial and ethnic minority students in a Lincoln middle school; EP 995 Doctoral Seminar: Multicultural Research; EP 952 Objective Personality Assessment; EP 965A Group Counseling I: Social Psychological Aspects; EP 965B Supervision Group Counseling II: Group Leadership Practicum; EP 987B Use of Tests in Counseling; EP 997A Supervision Masters Counseling Practicum; EP 997G Supervision Doctoral Counseling Practicum; EP 987P Supervision Doctoral Field Placement Counseling; EP 997B Supervision Masters Field Placement Counseling Practicum; EP 899 Masters Thesis Supervision; EP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Supervision; EP 959 Predoctoral Internship; EP 976 Counseling Psychology I; Education 131 A foundations course for all freshman students planning to be teachers

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