Office of Diversity and Inclusion Lectures

African Cetered Psychology


African Cetered Psychology

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This conversation is part of the "Expanding The Frame" series of talks sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at CIIS.

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San Francisco, California


African-centered Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Cross-cultural Psychology


African Languages and Societies | Multicultural Psychology | Psychology


Adeeba D Deterville, MA, is co-founder of Sankofa Cultural Institute and Program Coordinator for the Masters in Counseling Psychology department at CIIS. She holds a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Studies and is currently a doctoral student in the Transformative Studies program. Her areas of interest are African-centered Psychology and cultural identity development as applied in transformative pedagogy. She has served as the Western Region Graduate Representative for the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), National Student Circle Board of Directors and as the Student Circle Board Chair for the Bay Area Association of Black Psychologists. Since 2013 Adeeba has facilitated the Bay Area Black Graduate Student Group, which offers monthly support and discussions across disciplinary lines. One her most exciting projects is with CIIS’ MHSA program, where she serves as the facilitator of the MHSA-ABPsi project. This pilot project began in 2015 with taking six Black graduate students from CIIS’ Masters in Counseling programs to the annual convention of the Association of Black Psychologists. This group has engaged in a number of campus activities to bring African-Centered Psychology to the greater CIIS community.

Ebede Ndi, PhD, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and a global researcher interested in cultural, multicultural, cross-cultural, intercultural, and transcultural human interactions and behaviors. He obtained his doctorate in East West Psychology (EWP) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and his MA in clinical psychology at the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon, West Africa. While pursuing a PhD at CIIS, he was a fellow and senior fellow at the Center for Writing and Scholarship, and went on to co-develop a curriculum for training fellows with the director. His doctoral research explored the interface between African healing practices and psychoanalysis, and proposed a new 5-factor model for working with clients. Since graduating, Ebede has been teaching Research Colloquium for the EWP department, a proposal writing preparation course, and a new course: African Spirituality and Psychology. He also serves as chair and committee member on students’ dissertation/theses committees, and has supervised students’ independent study/research at the Institute.

African Cetered Psychology