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The Metro Detroit Association of Black Psychologists has over a 50-year history of being the premier organization for Black Psychologists in the state of Michigan. Founded in 1968, ABPsi operates as a charitable and educational organization devoted to promoting and advancing the profession of Black Psychology. We aim to influence social change by developing programming where psychologists of African descent can contribute to the well-being and mental health of the larger Black community.

ABPsi Detroit is a collective of Black mental health professionals who use our experience and expertise to benefit the Black community in Metro Detroit, and throughout the state of Michigan. We share our wealth of resources and information to help community members find a Black provider and learn about Black mental health, as well as serve as a safe space for current and aspiring Black mental health professionals to connect and collaborate. We have monthly networking and consultation meetings, and support the community through research, continuing education, symposiums, and professional partnerships. Presently, ABPsi Detroit welcomes students of all education levels, early career and senior psychologists, as well as other mental health professionals.



The Association of Black Psychologists' mission and destiny is the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit.

Organization Goals

  • To enhance the psychological well-being of Black people in America.

  • To promote constructive understanding of Black people through positive approaches to research.

  • To develop an approach to psychology that is consistent with the experience of Black people.

  • To define mental health in consonance with newly established psychological concepts and standards regarding Black people.

  • To develop international support systems for Black psychologists and students of psychology.

  • To develop policies for local, state, and national decision making which impacts on the mental health of the Black community.

  • To promote values and a lifestyle that supports our survival and well-being as a race.

  • To support established Black organizations and aid in the development of new independent Black institutions to enhance our psychological, educational, cultural, and economic situation.

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