Laurene Finely, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist & Consultant, PRIME
Faculty of Partners Reaching to Improve Multicultural Effectiveness,
Drexel University, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Healthcare Education
Laurene Finley, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and former Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University), where she taught for 15 years. Currently, she is on the faculty of the PRIME Institute (Partners Reaching to Improve Multicultural Effectiveness) at Drexel University, College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education.
Dr. Finley has consulted with state, county and local organizations seeking to reduce racial/ethnic disparities and improve employee cultural competence. Most recently, she was the Project Director for a 3-year Workforce Research and Training Grant to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities funded as one of four national models by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Currently, she is the Project Director for a 6-year diversity consultation and training program at a regional hospital.
Dr. Finley has received special recognition from the Pennsylvania Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services for “an outstanding state contribution” to the development of cultural competence in psychiatric rehabilitation and the distinguished career award. She served on the editorial board of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. She’s been a member of the USPRA Certification Committee and published professional journal articles and chapters in multiculturalism, psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health. She is a frequent workshop presenter.
Dr. Finley is currently the co-investigator for the RRTC research study titled: "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Inoculation Against Discrimination Training Intervention For African Americans with Psychiatric Disabilities."
- Bourjolly, J., Sands, R., Solomon, P, Stanhope, V., Pernell-Arnold, A., Finley, L. (2005). The journey toward intercultural sensitivity: A non-linear process. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 14(3/4), pp 41-62.
- Stanhope, V., Solomon, P, Finley, L., Pernell-Arnold, A., Bourjolly, J., & Sands, B. (2008). Evaluating the impact of cultural competency trainings from the perspective of people in recovery. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 11(4), 356-372.
- Finley, L., (forthcoming). Recovery In Culture: Toward the Next Generation of Cultural Competence. Best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation (2nd ed.).