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Psychology Doctorate Students' Perception of Cultural Competence
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The University of Memphis

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our study.

We are inviting you to participate in a dissertation research project conducted at The University of Memphis. The purpose of this study is to better understand the development of cultural competence. This study is only open to doctoral students in license eligible counseling and clinical psychology programs (Ph.D. and Psy.D. degrees) accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Students must also be United States citizens to be eligible to participate.

You will be asked to complete a set of four questionnaires, which will last approximately 20 minutes. The questionnaires will ask you to share information about any travel experiences and multicultural training. You will also be asked to answer questions about how you interact with people in both personal and professional settings. All data gathered during this study will be held securely and anonymously.

The person in charge of this study is Sarah K. Hatcher, M.A., Doctoral Candidate at The University of Memphis Department of Counseling Psychology. Ms. Hatcher is guided in this research by Dr. Elin Ovrebo. There may be other University of Memphis students or faculty members assisting the research team at different times during the study. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you may stop and exit the survey at any time. Incomplete questionnaires will be deleted from our files at the close of the survey. You may also contact us with your participant ID and we can immediately delete your information from our records. You will not be treated differently if you decide to stop taking part in the study and your survey answers will not be viewed in the deletion process.

There are no costs associated with taking part in the study nor will you receive any rewards or payment. However, if you complete all questionnaires, you have the option of entering your name in a raffle in which you will have a random chance to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. In order to participate in the raffle please provide your name and email address when prompted at the end of the survey. Your contact information will not be linked to your survey responses, which will remain anonymous. Participation in the raffle is completely optional. If you choose to participate in the raffle for an Amazon gift card, your contact information will be stored in a password-protected file by the principal investigator and will not be linked to your survey answers. At the completion of the raffle, the contact information of all participants will be deleted.

If you require advice or have a concern about any other aspect of your participation, please contact the principal investigator [email: Sarah Hatcher – skhtcher@memphis.edu]. Alternatively you may contact Dr. Elin Ovrebo [email: eovrebo@memphis.edu]. To the best of our knowledge, there are no more benefits or risks from participating in this study than you would experience in everyday life. However, if you are a University of Memphis student and feel that you need counseling support after completing the questionnaires, please contact the Counseling Center at 214 Wilder Tower [901.678.2068; counseling@memphis.edu]. If you feel that you need counseling support after completing the surveys, but are not a University of Memphis student, then please contact the following agencies for assistance locating a psychologist in your area: American Psychological Association (APA), Psychologist Locator - http://locator.apa.org/ - Telephone: (800) 374-2723; TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123

This project has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB ID : #PRO-FY2017-247) at The University of Memphis. If you have any questions about your rights as a volunteer in this research, contact the IRB staff at the University of Memphis at 901-678-2705.

If you wish to participate in the study, please click the button below to access the questionnaires. Your responses will be completely confidential and your participation will play a role in the advancement of research on graduate psychology multicultural training. Thank you for your time and participation!


Sarah K. Hatcher, M.A.
Elin Ovrebo, Ph.D.
The University of Memphis