Color Me Beautiful: A Psychological and Cultural Review of Colorism in African American, Latino, Asian and White American Cultures

Jacquelin Darby, Psy.D. 

November 10th, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

1.5 CE Credits

Gives you 1.5 of the 3 CE for the MD Licensing Requirement for Diversity/ Multicultural CE. 


Online via Zoom

Intermediate- Psychologists who have experience in the content area or are familiar with the literature.


Colorism has been talked about more regularly in the news, often seen in the entertainment industry. This workshop will begin with the history of colorism within various cultures. We will discuss the clinician and cultural implications that universal colorism has on clients. Examine the ways in which colorism and skin-altering behaviors can be addressed in treatment. A portion will focus on how you can discuss the topic with not only your clients but your supervisor and the field overall.  

 After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  • Identify the colorism impact within a clinical setting
  • Address colorism within clinical work
  • Describe the historical implications that colorism has on identity and relational development



Jacquelin Darby, Psy.D. received her Psy.D. from the American School of Professional Psychology's Clinical Psychology program. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at American University Counseling Center and completed her APA-accredited internship at Howard University Counseling Services.  Dr. Darby provides individual and group psychotherapy for young adults. Her clinical special interests include: substance use issues, body image concerns (specifically the effects of colorism), effects of systemic oppression on individuals, group therapy, and interpersonal trauma.  She works from an integrative model grounded in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies.​

Dr. Darby has worked in an array of settings including college counseling centers, in-patient drug rehabilitation facilities, and local county jails. She has been featured on local radio shows, podcasts, and agency panel discussions and provides workshops and lectures on topics related to multiculturalism and therapy.  Dr. Darby is a contributing editor of the textbook, Black Millennials: Identity, Ambition, and Activism. The book was published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Company. 

​Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director of Outreach and Consultation at American University Counseling Center located in Washington DC. In addition to providing mental health services to college students, and also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Purdue University Global Campus.