Psychological Health of Women of Color
Intersections, Challenges, and Opportunities
by Lillian Comas-Díaz and Beverly Greene, Editors
May 2013, 428pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39240-5
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Women of color arguably face the greatest barriers to success and the most inequity. Yet, by taking advantage of attributes like resilience, intelligence, and spirituality, women of color are able to overcome common developmental issues and reach a positive state of psychological health.

This work serves to celebrate the strengths of women of color, identify unique opportunities, and examine the specific challenges and issues of this group.

Psychological Health of Women of Color: Intersections, Challenges, and Opportunities is an anthology that examines core issues of women of color’s emotional health and well-being. Organized by subject, the work comprises contributions from noted experts on the psychological health of women of color.

The book analyzes the life stages of women of color: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. It serves to address the challenges women of color face in the forms of physical health, violence, substance abuse, psychopharmacology, and legal/forensic issues as well as to highlight diverse identity intersections and opportunities for women of color. The section on intersections of identity discusses the psychological health of lesbians of color, multiracial women, female immigrants of color, women with disabilities, and working mid-career women, while high achievers, leaders, mentors, athletes, artists, and spiritual individuals among women of color are addressed in the section on opportunities.


  • Identifies and examines strengths and opportunities, challenges, developmental issues, and identity intersections for women of color
Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and a clinical professor at George Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her published works include Women of Color: Integrating Ethnic and Gender Identities in Psychotherapy (with B. Greene); Women Psychotherapists: Journeys in Healing (with M. Weiner); and Multicultural Care: A Clinician's Guide to Cultural Competence.

Beverly Greene, PhD, ABPP, is a practicing psychologist and professor of psychology at St. John's University, Jamaica, NY, and board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her published works include Women of Color: Integrating Ethnic and Gender Identities in Psychotherapy (with L. Comas-Díaz); Psychotherapy with African American Women: Innovations in Psychodynamic Perspectives and Practice (with L. Jackson); and A Minyan of Women: Family Dynamics, Jewish Identity, and Psychotherapy Practice (with D. Brodbar). She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Adelphi University.
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