Effua E. Sosoo – Graduate/Professional Student Diversity Award
EFFUA E. SOSOO
Clinical Psychology Program
Effua E. Sosoo is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at UNC-CH. Her service, research and clinical endeavors reflect her steadfast commitment to improving and documenting the lived experiences of marginalized communities. As a co-leader for the Clinical Psychology Diversity Training Committee, Effua has organized the Diversifying Clinical Psychology Weekend, which recruits talented racial and ethnic minority students and provides a variety of panels on gaining admittance to graduate school. Consistent with her goal to diversify the pipeline of clinical psychologists, several students have matriculated into psychology graduate programs across the nation.
Effua has also actively challenged herself, peers and faculty to engage in discussion regarding privilege and oppression through organizing diversity movie nights and co-leading a multicultural seminar. With regard to research, her award-winning dissertation examined how vicarious discrimination (i.e., viewing images depicting the assault and shooting of unarmed Black individuals) influences body and mood responses among a sample of Black emerging adults. Effua has a deep passion for providing evidence-based psychotherapies to marginalized communities, particularly racial and ethnic minorities. She has taught Black and Latinx elementary school students social and emotional skills, provided capacity restoration services to psychiatric patients and conducted individual and group therapy with incarcerated men and veterans.
Effua is ecstatic to continue to contribute to the healing of marginalized communities as a leader and clinician. She ultimately hopes to reduce rates of recidivism by providing compassionate psychological services within prisons and serving as a chief psychologist or warden.