Keystone Psychologist Focuses on Diversity in Integrated Healthcare

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Dr. Romero (left) meets with a parent to discuss developmental issues.

Regilda (Rea) Romero, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist for Keystone, has focused her research work on issues related to diversity in the United States and its effect on clinicians’ ability to successfully help the children they serve. She has collected data via a survey regarding Filipino/Filipino-American acculturation and mental health on which she has presented preliminary analysis at local and national conferences.

She co-wrote a research abstract that was presented during the 2016 Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) Annual Convention, at the University of Colorado this past August. The abstract was entitled, “Experiences of Distress for 1.5th and 2nd Generation Asian Americans.”

Her paper was in keeping with the convention theme, “Beyond ‘Yellow’ Borders: Revealing Our Diverse Community, Expanding Our Coalition Horizon.” The conference spotlighted Asian Americans and their role in our country, noting that over the 50 years since the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, a sociopolitical community of culturally diverse Asian Americans has taken shape. While they originated from diverse countries, Asian Americans were lumped into one racial category within the United States – which eventually developed into many stereotypes and even hierarchies between different ethnic groups. The conference’s goal was to create the opportunity for dialogue about the attendees’ overlapping roles as AAPI psychologists, students, community activists, consumers, scientists, educators, caretakers and allies.

In mid-October, Dr. Romero co-presented “Biopsychosocial Approach to Integrative Care: Pediatric Neuropsychologists as Diversity and Inclusion Advocates,” in Seattle at the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Their workshop highlighted biopsychosocial issue/bias factors such as rural/urban settings, private practice vs. medical settings, parental factors such as age and marital status, use of technology and disease states to determine how these factors have an impact on assessment, interpretation and treatment of pediatric integrative care.

In late October, she presented a paper of “Bicultural and Bilingual Assessment” to the Florida Psychological Association: North Central Chapter,” noting that as the demographics in the United States have rapidly shifted, the need for culturally-competent clinicians has also increased.

Dr. Romero focuses on pediatric neuropsychology, neurodevelopmental disorders, multicultural psychology, special education and transition-to-adulthood services. In addition to English, she is fluent in Tagalong (the standardized form is named Filipino), a language spoken as a first language/dialect by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language/dialect by the majority.

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