University at Buffalo

Amy L. Reynolds (she/her)

Amy L. Reynolds

Department Chair



Specialty/Research Focus

Cultural Competence and Humility; Clinical and Career Counseling; Diversity; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Cultural Competence; LGBT+ Studies; Multicultural Competence; Queer and Trans People and Perspectives; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Mental Health; Social Justice; Training and Supervision

Contact Information
422 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1112

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Professional Summary:

The primary focus of my scholarship is on multicultural and structural competence and training in counseling psychology and higher education. Specifically, my research has centered on expanding the multicultural knowledge base through scholarship on race, racial identity, and racism-related stress, queer and trans identity, acculturation, and other multicultural issues; exploring training and curricular applications in counseling psychology, and increasing understanding of multicultural change efforts in higher education. Additionally, my research has explored college student mental health issues, including the impact of politics on mental health and counselor training.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, The Ohio State University (1988)
  • MA, The Ohio State University (1984)
  • BS, Miami University (1982)
Awards and Honors:
  • Distinguished Elder; National Multicultural Conference and Summit; 2024-01-18;
  • Lifetime Commitment to Education and Training Award; Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs; 2020-07-09;
  • STAR Faculty Award for Service; Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo; 2016-05-04;
  • Fellow; American Psychological Association, Division 17; 2015-04-30;
Recent Publications:
Journal Special Issue:
  • Wilcox, M., Pérez-Rojas, A. E., Marks, L. R., Reynolds, A. L., Suh, H. N., Flores, L. Y., McCubbin, L., Wilkins-Yel, K., & Miller, M. (2024). Structural competencies: Re-Grounding Counseling Psychology in antiracist and decolonial praxis. The Counseling Psychologist, 1-42. DOI: 10.1177/00110000241231029.
  • Jantzer, A. M., Reynolds, A. L., & Worthington, R. L. (2023). Psychologists as anti-racist change agents on campus: “What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe.” Women & Therapy (Special Issue: Anti-Racist Feminist Practice, Advocacy, and Activism), 46:4, 363-375,
Journal Article:
  • McCubbin, L., Alex, R., Bergkamp, J., Malone, C., Wang, D.C., & Reynolds, A. L. (2023). Returning the colonizer’s gaze: Interrogating whiteness in our training programs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 17(1), 14-21.
  • Wright, A. J., Williams, N., Starling, T., Reynolds, A. L., & Garcia-Lavin, B. (2023). Deep structure course and curriculum liberation for social responsiveness. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 17(1), 22–30.
  • Reynolds, A. L. (2022). Grasping at the root: Transforming counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 50(8), 1126-1149.
Recent Presentations:
  • Martinez, G. E., & Reynolds, A. L. (2023, October). Testing a Critical Cultural Wealth Model for first-generation, economically marginalized, Latinx college students. Poster session at the annual meeting of the National Latinx Psychological Association, Chicago, IL;
  • Reynolds, A. L., Moore-Lobban, S., & Neville, H. (2024, January). Transformative leadership for healing and liberation. Symposium at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Albuquerque, NM.;
  • Toporek, R., Singh, A., Cokely, K., Minero, L., Garrett-Walker, J., & Reynolds, A. L. (2023, August). Community care as resistance against surveillance, trolls, and hate in anti-oppression work. Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, DC.;
  • Wilcox, M., Marks, L. R., & Reynolds, A. L. (2024, January). Structural competencies as a step toward uprooting anti-Black racism and white supremacy. Roundtable at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Albuquerque, NM.;
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Journal of Diversity in Higher Education
  • Consulting Editor, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Professional Service:
  • Co-Chair, Joy Summit Planning Committee, Society of Counseling Psychology Presidential Initiative.

Contact Information

422 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1112

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