Sonya Lott, Ph.D.
Sonya Lott, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of CEMPSYCH, LLC. She is also a licensed psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia. She specializes in helping individuals to transform their experience of pre-death, anticipatory, acute, and complicated grief. In the past, she has worked as a psychotherapist in outpatient, emergency, and long-term structured residential settings.
She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. More recently, she completed advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of Complicated Grief, at the Center of Complicated Grief at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Social Work. She is currently one of only two clinicians in the Philadelphia area, trained in this evidence-based treatment protocol.
Her immersion into multicultural psychology began as a doctoral student, during which time she attended many trainings facilitated by the primary contributors to this field. Her dissertation Racial and Cultural Identity Development of African American and Puerto Ricans Individuals: Same Process, Different Content? was one of the first studies to explore the validity of the Racial/Cultural Identity Development Model (R/CID) proposed by Atkinson, Morten, & Sue (1979) and expanded upon by Sue & Sue (1990).
Her commitment to multicultural awareness has been expressed in her work in academia. As a full-time and tenured professor of psychology for 18 years at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), she designed and taught psychology courses from an integrated multicultural perspective. She also served as a Minority Faculty Fellow Mentor. Her model of training became the prototype for the Minority Faculty Fellow program college wide.
During her tenure in academia, Sonya’s expertise in multicultural psychology was frequently sought by publishing houses for developmental reviews of new and revised editions of psychology textbooks. She also authored and revised many ancillary materials (test banks, instructors’ manuals, companion websites) for psychology textbooks published by Pearson Higher Education, McGraw-Hill, Worth Publishers, and Cengage Learning.
In addition to her roles as owner and CEO of CEMPSYCH, LLC, she is a co-facilitator of the workshops and the primary developer of upcoming continuing education courses online. And the host of the upcoming CEMPSYCH, LLC podcast Reflections on Multicultural Competence.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]