The Public Psychology for Liberation Training Model: A Call to Transform the Discipline

Helen A. Neville, Nidia Ruedas-Gracia, B. Andi Lee, Nimot Ogunfemi, Amir H. Maghsoodi, Della V. Mosley, Teresa D. LaFromboise, Michelle Fine

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Written against the backdrop of the 2020 twin pandemics of a global health crisis and greater national awareness of structural racism, this article issues a call for psychology to invest in training all psychologists to respond to the social ills of racial and other forms of oppression. We introduce a public psychology for liberation (PPL) training model. Essentially, the model reflects a science, a pedagogical commitment, and practice of, by, and with the people who have been most marginalized in society. The PPL consists of five foundational domains or cross-cutting areas of expertise (e.g., facilitate human relationships; generate reciprocal knowledge and translation) and 10 interrelated lifelong practices (e.g., cultural humility; care and compassion) that foster healing and equity. The model centers the perspectives of the Global Majority, focuses on radical healing and equity, and emphasizes a developmental, culturally grounded, strengths-based approach to training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1248-1265
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2021


  • Liberation psychology
  • Public psychology
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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