An Analysis of Diversity Content in Doctoral Health Service Psychology Program Websites


Valerie Yeo

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jennifer Cornish

First Committee Member

Jamie Shapiro

Second Committee Member

Shaayestah Merchant


Health service psychology websites, Multicultural content

Publication Statement

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Doctoral programs in health service psychology need to recruit students from a variety of multicultural backgrounds in order to train psychologists to serve an increasingly diverse population (e.g., American Psychological Association, 2013). This study replicates and extends an analysis of multicultural content within doctoral program websites (Bidell, Ragen, Broach, & Carillo, 2007) by considering race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, linguistic diversity, and socioeconomic status. A random sample of 90 programs was chosen from 356 APA accredited doctoral health service psychology programs listed on the APA Commission on Accreditation web page. The selected programs were stratified for percentage of clinical, counseling, school, and combined psychology programs. Descriptive statistics were utilized to analyze the data including one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and chi-square analyses. Results indicated that counseling psychology programs had the greatest volume of multicultural information on their webpages for prospective students. Additionally, websites that addressed multiculturalism were more likely to include race and ethnicity than other forms of multiculturalism. This article explores the way in which health service psychology doctoral programs may continue to use their web pages to communicate multicultural information to prospective students, and provides recommendations for use of the Internet as a way to attract and enroll more diverse students.


25 pages

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