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and events in which we have participated!

2022 Psychology Fair
Marywood University, Scranton, PA


2021 Donation Drive

Marywood University, Scranton, PA


UPSIDE teamed up with Marywood University's Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion and Pacer Pantry to collect donations and create care packages to help support these campus groups in providing resources to students in need.

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2021 Presentation Series

UPSIDE hosted a live presentation with Dr. George James, LMFT. Dr. James is the chief innovation officer, senior staff therapist, and AAMFT approved supervisor at Council for Relationships. Dr. James has been a recurring guest expert on radio, television, and online programs, including The Today Show, Nickelodeon, Good Day Philadelphia, and many others.

This presentations is part of a series of diversity presentations hosted by UPSIDE. We have partnered with Grambling State University to provide graduate psychology students with the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field in a warm, intimate environment. Stay tuned to see what speakers we host next!

Three Founding Members Win Student Multiculturalism Award:

Three Marywood University clinical psychology doctoral students including, Amara Chukwunenye, Philadelphia, Pa.; Bertnie Jeanniton, Orlando, Fla.; and Tyshawn Thompson, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, were recently notified that they won the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation’s (PPF) Student Multiculturalism Award. The awards will be announced officially on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, during the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Virtual Webinar.

The Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Committee on Multiculturalism, established a Student Multiculturalism Award in 2010. The award is given to psychology students attending school in Pennsylvania who have produced distinguished psychology-related work on issues surrounding multiculturalism, diversity, advocacy, and/or social justice. The submissions must be a formal paper, or other product, such as a notable community service project, work history or other activity, that demonstrates considerable sophistication in advancing the field’s understanding of, or ability to positively impact, issues related to diverse populations.

Brooke Cannon, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of clinical training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.), and Lindsay Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, assistant professor in the Psy.D. program, nominated the three doctoral students for the PPF Student Multiculturalism Award based on the establishment of the University’s student-faculty organization, UPSIDE: Underrepresented Psychology Student Inclusion, Development, and Empowerment. The mission of UPSIDE is to promote greater recruitment and retention of graduate psychology students from underrepresented groups. Ms. Chukwunenye, Ms. Jeanniton, and Mr. Thompson were among several founding members of the UPSIDE organization. Each of the three students attended every UPSIDE event and meeting that has been hosted to date; made significant contributions to the organization; and they are all contributing to scholarship on multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion.

Dr. Phillips and Dr. Cannon said in a joint statement, “Through their leadership, Amara, Bertnie, and Tyshawn have inspired other students in our program to become a part of UPSIDE. These three are excellent Psy.D. students and deserving of the PPF Student Multiculturalism Award.”

Information about the PPF Multiculturalism Award can be found at

2020 Fall Diversity Discussion

Marywood University, Scranton, PA

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2020 Changing the Narrative: The Workshop Series

Marywood University, Scranton, PA

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2019 Psychology Fair

Marywood University, Scranton, PA

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