Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Beth Boyd


2020 was rife with social and political changes across the globe, ranging from the COVID-19 global pandemic, Black Lives Matter Movements, the effects of climate changes, and the insurrection on Capitol Hill (Salo, 2020). A qualitative methodology was used to explore the lived experiences of doctoral clinical psychology students of color during the crises of 2020-2022. Clinical psychology graduate students must navigate their own stressors in life (personal and academic) while also providing clinical therapeutic services to others, making them vulnerable to stress (DeAngelis, 2002). Many graduate students must balance academic coursework, clinical training, research, and financial demands, on top of the stress related to their performance in the program (Badali & Habra, 2003; Meyers et el., 2012). Graduate students of color experience additional stressors associated with their marginalized status including microaggressions, discrimination, lack of sense of belonging, and imposter syndrome (Brunsma et al., 2017). This study explored how graduate students’ personal and professional identities were shaped through the major sociohistorical influences of 2020 and beyond and how they were supported through these events. Five major themes were found to describe the experiences of clinical psychology doctoral students of color and the factors they believe impacted how they made meaning of their experiences as it related to them as a student, clinician, researcher, and future clinical psychologist.



Number of Pages



University of South Dakota



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.