Associate Professor, Counselor Education
Queens College-City University of New York
David P. Rivera, Ph.D., is the lead coordinator, representing Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. David is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Queens College-CUNY. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also holds degrees in Psychology and Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wyoming. David’s research focuses on cultural competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and wellbeing of people of color and oppressed sexual orientation and gender identity groups, with a focus on microaggressions. He has published journal articles and book chapters in various areas of multicultural psychology. David is currently board co-chair of CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, on the executive committee of the APA’s Society for the Psychological study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, member of APA's Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, an adviser to The Steve Fund, and faculty with the Council for Opportunity in Education. His practical work includes consultations and trainings on a variety of cultural competency issues. He has received multiple recognitions for his work, including national honors from the American Psychological Association, the American College Counseling Association, and the American College Personnel Association.
Karlee D. Fellner, Ph.D. is the 2019 Fundraising and Keynotes coordinator, representing Division 45 – the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. Karlee is Cree/Métis from central Alberta, Canada. Her name in Cree is miyotehiskwew (Good Hearted Woman). Karlee is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education Counseling Psychology at the University of Calgary, and received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She completed her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis. Karlee is also a trainer in the Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma program offered through the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and works as a consultant and professional development trainer addressing culturally responsive health services, education and psychotherapy with Indigenous communities. She is also heavily involved in working with organizations and schools to transform their practice to better serve Indigenous peoples. Karlee has been working with diverse clients and students in counseling and supervision since 2007. Her research focuses on holistic and traditional approaches to wellness, culturally responsive psychotherapy, cultural humility, Indigenous research, Indigenous curriculum and pedagogy, complex trauma, and miyo pimâtisiwin (living a good life). Karlee centers Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies in her research, pedagogy, and clinical practice. She strives to nurture diversity in all facets of her work in hopes that upcoming generations of students will feel empowered bringing their worldviews, traditions, beliefs, stories, and values into their areas of research, education, and practice. In addition to her work with the APA, Karlee is actively involved with the Canadian Psychological Association, the Society of Indian Psychologists, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, namely with the Canadian Association for Studies in Indigenous Education. She has completed numerous conference presentations addressing diversity and culturally responsive research, education, and practice in various locations across Canada, the United States, Australia, England, and Japan, including eight invited keynote addresses. Karlee has published journal articles and book chapters in various areas of social justice, diversity, culturally responsive practice, and serves as a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Counselling Psychology and the Journal of Indigenous Research. She has received multiple recognitions and awards for her work.
Senior Director of Psychological & Director of Training for internship
Georgia State University
Jill Lee-Barber, Ph.D., serves as 2019 NMCS Program Coordinator on behalf of Division 17. Jill chairs the Cultural Competency Summit annually at Georgia State University and has served as a conference chair for the Georgia Psychological Association Division of Feminist Psychologists as well. Jill was honored to co-chair the Taking Action Against Racism in Media presidential initiative of Dr. Janet Helms. Jill’s publications and presentations include topics such as: Multicultural Relationship Competency training model, integrating multicultural and feminist theory in psychotherapy and deconstructing privilege, as well as ethical practice with LGBT clients. Jill is a member of Divisions 17, 35, and 44 and has served as Vice-President of Professional Practice as well as chair of the Section for LGBT Issues, chair of the Section for University and College Counseling Centers, and newsletter editor for the Section for Advancement of Women. She is the recipient of the Woman of the Year Award (2009) Division 17 Section for the Advancement of Women. Jill is committed to using her training as a counseling psychologist towards making systemic intervention at her urban diverse university to advance health equity as a contribution towards the elimination of oppression.
Dr. Williams is the Awards and Entertainment Coordinator for the 2019 National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS). She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA and was formerly an associate professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at Long Island University – Brooklyn, where she was awarded the Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015). She is now the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Bank Street College of Education. Dr. Williams holds national office as the past-president of the Society for the Psychology of Black Women (Section One of Division 35 of the American Psychological Association – APA) and chair of the Inter-Sections Taskforce on the Healthy Development of Indigenous Girls and Girls of Color. In the role of task force chair she has worked with APA, Division 35 colleagues to provide a daylong leadership institute, the Leadership Academy for Diverse Women of Color, which occurred as pre-conference programming at the 2017 NMCS. Dr. Williams' research, writing, activism, and advocacy centers on articulating and acting in service to address the ways intersectional identities and contexts impact people's lives; whether they are hypervisible or disregarded/ignored. In her work she seeks to consider implications of intersectional identity formation to shape individual and collective mental health, wellness and opportunities for leadership among diverse populations, and especially women and girls. Recent and publications in progress include associate editorship of the APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women, co-editor of a book Girls Like Us: Risk, resilience and healthy development of diverse girls, and co-editor of a Special Issue of Women and Therapy focused on “Feminist Approaches to Interventions with Black Girls and Women”.
Mrs. Reisman is co-founder of Reisman-White and has 21 years of experience working with associations, meetings, and psychology professionals. She has proficiency in association management, but has mainly focused on membership, meetings management, registration, on-site coordination, accounting, and web updates related to associations and meetings.