Gemima St. Louis Gemima St. Louis, PhD

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  • Associate Vice President for Workforce Initiatives & Specialty Training
  • Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Department
  • Co-Director, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI)
  • Director, HRSA-Funded STAR Fellowship Program
  • Project Director, Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training (BHWET) Program
  • Faculty, Concentration in Children and Families of Adversity & Resilience


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Certificate, Women in Education Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Research and Practice Interests

  • Culturally-responsive interventions for children, adolescents, and families
  • School-based clinical programs for youths in underserved communities
  • Trauma-informed and evidence-based practices for culturally diverse groups
  • Behavioral health workforce development and pipeline programs
  • International service learning and capacity-building initiatives

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist, Massachusetts Board of Registration
  • Certified Health Service Provider, Massachusetts Board of Registration

Publications and Presentations

Meyer, M. L., McKenny, M. C., Liddell-Quintyn, E., Nicolas, G., & St. Louis, G. (2021). Racial stress and racialized violence among Black immigrants in the United States. In P. Tummala-Narra (Ed.), Trauma and racial minority immigrants: Turmoil, uncertainty, and resistance (pp. 147-164). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

St. Louis, G. (2020, October 23). Ill-equipped, underprepared and culturally incompetent: How psychology is failing to educate and train providers to address the behavioral health workforce crisis. Keynote Address delivered at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association.  

Wolkoff, E., Goodale, R. & St. Louis, G. (2019). Talking to children about race. In G. Macklem & Silva, A. (Eds.). Lessons from school psychology: Practical strategies and evidence-based practice for professionals and parents. London, UK: Routledge. 

St. Louis, G. (2018).  Preparing psychology students as global citizens and leaders: Why service learning matters. International Psychology Bulletin, 22(4), 39-41. 

Nicolas, G., St. Louis, G., & Lacet, C. (2016). Building mental health capacity in Haiti through collaborative partnerships. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Austin, A., St. Louis, G., Bloom, J., & Jernigan-Noesi, M. (2016, October, 15). Ethnic identity development and the effects of perceived discrimination on the academic achievement of METCO students. Presentation delivered at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Worcester, MA: Assumption College.

Pierre, J., Bloom, J., St. Louis, G., & Prosper, V. (2016, October 15). Transgenerational transmission of trauma in Haitian families. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Worcester, MA: Assumption College.

Lambert, S., Bennasar, M. C., St. Louis, G., Ecker, B., & Rosowsky, E. (2016, January 21). The Role of mentoring in attracting doctoral students to work with underserved populations. Panel presentation delivered at the Mid-Winter Conference of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology – “Creating Mentorship Pipelines.” Atlanta, Georgia: Grand Hyatt Hotel Buckhead.

St. Louis, G., Roizner, M., Gomez, S., Panetta, A., & Kinscherff, R. (2015, August 7).  The PATHWAYS Program: An innovative, school-based mental health program for at-risk urban youth. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Toronto, Canada: Toronto Convention Center.

Bloom, J., & St. Louis, G. (2014, October 16). Surviving against all odds: Coping and resiliency among Haitian immigrants. Presentation delivered at the Annual “On New Shores” Conference. Toronto, Canada: Holiday Inn Hotel.

St. Louis, G., Pierre-Victor, M. A., Prosper, V., & Lacet, C.  (2013, October 19). Haitian immigrants in the U.S. Presentation delivered at the 13th Annual Diversity Challenge Conference. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Alum, American Psychological Association, Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
  • Member and Co-Founder, Haitian Mental Health Network

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Director of Mental Health Training and Research, The SPARK Center at Boston Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Clinical Director, Center for Community Health, Education & Research
  • Instructor, Boston College, Lynch School of Education
  • Consulting Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor, Children’s Services of Roxbury

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member, APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race)
  • Member, APA Division 52 (International Psychology)
  • Member, APA Division 53 (Clinical Child Psychology)