Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez has more than 18 years of academic and clinical experience specialising in topics related to ethnicity, culture, race, diversity, intersectionality, and global issues. Kelley received a PsyD degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, USA, and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas, USA. Kelley is Director of the Ethnicity, Race, and Cultural Affairs portfolio at the American Psychological Association. In that role, she provides leadership and support for several groups including the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology.
Kelley has also worked in academic settings for 20 years. Her scholarship and teaching interests have primarily included topics of multiculturalism, intersectionality, and the teaching for global citizenship in higher education. As associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology she served as chair of the Diversity Advisory Board, Faculty Fellow for the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies and was a member of the President’s Diversity Advisory Council.
Kelley also served in leadership roles at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 2) – as a member of the Diversity Committee, Chair for the International Relations Committee and Vice President for Diversity and International Relations (2019-2021). As Vice President for Diversity and International Relations at Division 2, Kelley led organisation-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and international partnerships. Her international endeavors have included a guest lectureship in Cape Town, South Africa where she taught topics on family and intercultural studies. She also completed a Diploma in Social Innovation with the UN Mandated University for Peace, Centre for Executive Education in Costa Rica in 2017 and continues to collaborate with the UPEACE to foster professional development for higher education faculty, staff, and administrators.