What is it about?

At one time, it was atypical to find psychologists in public safety and criminal justice settings. This paper highlights the career of Dr. Guy O. Seymour, a bilingual psychologist of color who has developed psychological services in nontraditional workspaces, including medical, police, fire, and correction departments, and for the International Olympic Games.

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Why is it important?

This paper demonstrates that psychologists make valuable contributions to various settings outside of the therapy room, including when working with government, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and other organizations. Despite its challenges, psychologists can be successful change agents in these settings while adhering to their ethical and professional convictions.

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We often don't get the chance to hear about the experiences of psychologists of color in influential positions when it was far less common to find people of color in these areas. As a co-author, I enjoyed learning more and writing about Dr. Guy O. Seymour's career and his field experiences. This paper highlights and recognizes his contributions in a rewarding and telling way.

Kathryn Armstrong
University of Central Arkansas

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This page is a summary of: Atypical jobs in psychology: Public safety and criminal justice reform consultant., Psychological Services, August 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ser0000700.
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