Council on Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Affairs



CERA's mission is to promote the concerns and well-being of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) with an interest in community psychology within academia, practice and praxis; to promote training and professional development opportunities for BIPOC; and to advise and inform the Executive Committee on the implications of decisions made that affect the positive well-being of BIPOC.

Co-Chair: Sindhia Colburn, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Past-Chair: Geraldine (Geri) Palmer, Ph.D., Adler University, and Community Wellness Institute. LLC


Get to Know CERA's Chair


Sindhia Colburn, Ph.D. (she/her)

Dr. Sindhia Colburn graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in August 2020, earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a dual concentration in Child and Community Psychology after completing an internship year at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology in Boston, MA. Dr. Colburn subsequently completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in integrated pediatric primary care at Children's National Hospital, with a focus on trauma-informed care and pediatric consultation for families from disenfranchised communities in DC. She is now a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist. Dr. Colburn plans to pursue a community practice career focused on multicultural and trauma-informed service delivery, program development, consultation, and advocacy related to educational and healthcare equity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) children and families.

Words from Dr. Colburn:

As a child of South Asian immigrants, I learned first-hand about the myriad of sociocultural barriers to adequate behavioral healthcare that many children in our country face, particularly within a healthcare system that is quick to patronize and pathologize families who do not fit the white, cis-het, Christian, US-born "standard." As I moved through my training as a clinical-community psychologist, I realized that the same system is also quick to defer the provision of culturally-responsive care and advocacy for communities of color to non-white/cis/het/Christian/US-born professionals, leading to greater workload and higher rates of burnout for BIPOC professionals. I volunteered for the role of Co-Chair of CERA with the hope of keeping the council moving forward and supporting the anti-racist work within SCRA. Both ongoing pandemics (COVID and racism) have been taking a toll on the health and well-being of BIPOC professionals, and our Black and Brown colleagues are being disproportionately affected. I feel an urgency to drive the work of CERA forward and to amplify the voices of our Black colleagues, and particularly our Black male colleagues, who are underrepresented in SCRA leadership and membership. It is my hope that in the coming year, we can work together to increase accessibility to anti-racist education within SCRA and in the community at large, as well as recognize, reconnect with, and honor our own humanity as we carry forward this work.



2022 CERA Meeting Dates

CERA is on summer break during July 2022 and will return with meetings starting in August of 2022. Please check back for days and time. There will likely be a poll distributed to find out the best meeting dates and times for members September 2022 - December 2022. 

All meetings will be held virtually on the SCRA conference line. New members are always welcome! If you would like to join the CERA listserv to receive meeting information, email and request to be added to the group.

If you missed The Color of Power webinar, please stay tuned. We have other workshops and events being planned. We hope to see you there!


Case Studies in Community-Psychology Practice: A Global Lens OER Textbook

Geri Palmer, Past Chair of CERA, worked with a team of colleagues on editing and authoring a community psychology practice open-education resource (OER) textbook. In the OER space, the textbook is free to students, which helps to cut the rising costs of higher education for students and their families, and is a great contemporary teaching and learning tool. For more information, please visit the homepage in the Rebus Community Press at


  • The Community Psychologist Podcast (TCPP) can be found here: TCPP
  • Reading Circle can be found here: Reading Circle
  • The Community Psychologist - Please consider submitting to CERA’s column in the next issue of The Community Psychologist! Contact the CERA co-chairs if you’re interested or would like more information.
  • Underrepresented BIPOC Research Database – The uBIPOC RD is now collecting submissions! This is a first place to search for building research literature reviews, meta-analysis, presenting unknown/new/unique methodologies, and for future research collaborations, as well as to provide subject matter expertise for media interviews and institutional/practice/research referrals. Underrepresented BIPOC researchers, scholars, practitioners, clinicians, and professionals are encouraged to submit completed, published and/or presented quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, conceptual, and theoretical research. In addition, all professionals with unique methodologies and/or civilization justice research are also encouraged to submit. Submission form can be accessed here: uBIPOC RD
  • Research Summary Videos - If you are an underrepresented BIPOC scholar or practitioner whose work aligns with CERA’s mission, we want to increase the visibility of your work! Consider submitting a short (1-2 minute) video showcasing your work to be featured on our webpage. Contact the CERA co-chairs if you’re interested or would like more information.