The History & Heritage

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HABPsi National History

The Association of Black Psychologists was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1968. The Association of Black Psychologists is the leader and international resource for addressing the psychological needs of African people throughout the world.

Our research, publications, assessment techniques, therapeutic strategies, and training programs establish the Association (ABPSI) as the recognized authority for providing practical solutions to the day-to-day circumstances of our people.  We collaborate with other professional associations in Social work, Law, Medicine, and related social service disciplines, to formulate or influence programs and policies that seek positive solutions to the challenges facing our people.

We provide information and training to promote a compassionate, African-centered approach for healing and health promotion.

Chapter Leadership

2018 Executive Committee

Past HABPsi Presidents

  • 2017 Derek Wilson, Ph.D.

  • 2016 Diane Bailey, Ph.D.

  • 2014-2015 Ruby Preston, MA, LPC

  • 2013-2014 Joycelyn S. Williams, Ph.D

  • 2012-2013 Derek Wilson, Ph.D

  • 2011-2012 Paula Moore, Psy.D

  • 2010-2011 Courtney Wilson, M.A.

  • 2009-2010 Derek Wilson, Ph.D

  • 2008-2009 M. Nicole Coleman, Ph.D

  • 2007-2008 Samoan C. Johnson, Ph.D.

  • 2006-2007 Marilyn Denise Lovett, PhD.

  • 2005-2006 Sharon Brown, Ph.D.

  • 2004-2005 Lawrence Thompson,Jr, PhD

  • 2003-2004 Nannette Williams, Ph.D.

  • 2002-2003 Diane Bailey, Ph.D.

  • 2001-2002 Xyna Bell, Ph.D.

  • 2000-2001 Xyna Bell, Ph.D.

  • 1999-2000 Dashiel Geyen, Ed.D.

  • 1998-1999 Lesajean Jennings, Psy.D.

  • 1997-1998 Bronwyn Lucas, M.A.

  • 1996-1997 Ruby G. Preston, M.A.

  • 1994-1996 Nedra Francis, M.A.

  • 1991-1993 William Clay, Ph.D.

  • 1990-1991 Gloria Beckham, M.A