Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Daniel McKitrick, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Alyson L. Burns-Glover, Ph.D.


Doctoral level psychology students (N = 50) at a graduate psychology program located in the Pacific Northwest were surveyed regarding their own experiences of the program’s cultural climate. Instances of ethnic differences between white majority students and ethnic minority students were reported in the following areas: (a) overall difference in experience and perceptions, (b) comfort with those of different ethnic background, and (c) pressure to conform to dominant culture. Students (N = 49) and faculty (N = 20) were also asked, via a newly created measure, to rate their program’s efficacy in meeting APA guidelines for diversity. Test construction and qualitative demographic information were discussed.