RICHLAND – “Latinos, Mexicanos, and Chicanos: Culture, Diversity, and Psychological Health” is the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at WSU Tri-Cities.

The speaker is Brian McNeill, a professor and director of doctoral training for the Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology Program in WSU Pullman’s College of Education. He is a licensed psychologist in Washington and Idaho, where he practices and consults.

“Latinos comprise a population of over 35 million, and are the largest minority group in the United States,” McNeill said. “The lecture will introduce people to the characteristics that define Latina/o/Mexican Culture, the diversity that exists within the culture, and the influence and importance of ethnic identity on psychological health and well being.”

The April 3 lecture is presented by the WSU Tri-Cities College of Education. It is in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.
The lecture is preceded at 6:30 p.m. with a networking reception in the East Building Commons for College of Education alumni.

McNeill received his doctorate in 1984 from Texas Tech University in Counseling Psychology and he joined WSU in 1990. He is the co-editor of “The Handbook of Chicana and Chicano Psychology and Mental Health” (2004) and of the upcoming “Latina/o Healing Practices: Mestizo and Indigenous Perspectives.” At WSU, he also serves as co-chair of the Chicana/o Latina/o Faculty/Staff Association.