Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez has more than 20 years of academic and clinical experience specialising in topics related to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, 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 clinical psychologist. Kelley is Senior Director of the Human Rights Team at the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA Human Rights Team supports inquiry into critical issues of human rights, fairness, and dignity for all segments of society in order to advance one of APA’s guiding principles to respect and promote human rights.
In 2022, Kelley was elected to Fellow status in the APA by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA, Division 2). Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Kelley also received a presidential citation from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology for her ‘forward and innovative’ work and served as Vice President for Diversity and International Relations 2019-2021, after previously having roles with the Diversity and International Relations committees.
Kelley received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Her psychotherapy practice was primarily oriented toward culturally affirming care with diverse populations. Her scholarship and academic interests have included topics of multiculturalism, intersectionality, and teaching for global citizenship in higher education. As an associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she chaired the Diversity Advisory Board and was selected as a member of the President’s Diversity Advisory Council. Kelley has also collaborated with the United Nations University for Peace, to foster professional development in human rights and global citizenship for higher education faculty, staff, administrators, and other professionals.