Diversity and Inclusion Officer: Tanecia Blue, PhD

Tanecia Blue, PhD
Tanecia Blue, PhD

Dr. Tanecia Blue has worked in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion since early in her career.  Her graduate research focused on international student adjustment and the role of social support in that process. Dr. Blue was the Diversity Chair for Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA).  Under her leadership, HPA successfully held two conferences focused on areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, amongst other initiatives. Dr. Blue is the current Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Society for Health Psychology and her primary initiative is educating health psychologists about the role of psychology in improving health equity.  Dr. Blue has worked in the public sector throughout her career both in the Department of Veterans Affairs and in the Department of Defense. She currently manages a cultural transformation program focused on improving care in the treatment of veterans at the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System.  In her day to day work, she has promoted the importance of improving diversity in the workplace, making decisions that impact stakeholders equitably, and creating a more inclusive work environment.  Dr. Blue is a trained clinical health psychologist and spends her clinical time teaching patients self-regulation techniques and self-management strategies. Her research focuses on psychological interventions for various medical conditions. She has an additional interest in understanding the role of patient-centered care and values-based interventions in improving communication and outcomes in racially discordant interactions.