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Karima Forbes, PhD

Dr. Karima Forbes received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. An organizational consultant and licensed psychologist*, Dr. Forbes directs the WorkHaven Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, providing trainings, webinars, and organizational and executive leadership consultation. She is currently employed within the VA-NY Harbor Healthcare System, where she co-leads the Diversity Committee within the Psychology Department. Dr. Forbes also chairs the Diversity Advisory Council which has identified and implements initiatives related to diversity to promote a more inclusive environment for staff and Veterans in the broader hospital system. She has provided national DEI related trainings and webinars focused on topics including, but not limited to, navigating discussions effectively about race and racism and understanding the psychological effects of racism. Dr. Forbes has engaged actively in a range of DEI-related research, including DEI in the workplace, race and racial identity, race-based traumatic stress, minority mental health, incarceration and the collateral consequences, youth development, and dementia caregivers.


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