Mental Health and Disability Law Committee (11/3/20)

TOPIC: Language and the Law: Reducing Bias and Eliminating Euphemisms (and Why it Matters).


Andrews is a board-certified rehabilitation psychologist with her doctorate from Wright State University and Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. She is past co-chair of the APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology and chair of the Division 22 Disability Identity Committee from its inception until 2018. Andrews is the psychology program manager for the Nationally Designated VA VISN 17 TeleMental Health Clinical Resource Hub, where she coordinates the provision of psychosocial mental health and substance use treatments to veterans throughout underserved areas across Texas via televideo technology.

She is a co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project, a resource for support and information for parents and prospective parents with a wide range of disabilities. This work is part of Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents With Disabilities and Their Families, a five-year, $2.5 million National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research grant for which Andrews serves as a consultant. Her advocacy work in this area includes representing the American Psychological Association during a 2013 congressional briefing regarding parents with disabilities and participating in a White House forum on the civil rights of parents with disabilities in May 2016.

Andrews has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presented more than 50 professional lectures on disability topics related to her areas of research interest in disability culture, identity and inclusion. She has is the author of “Disability as Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence” (Oxford University Press), the first book to comprehensively address disability as diversity and as a distinct cultural experience. Her work on disability language has been recognized as reducing bias and eliminating euphemisms in the latest revision of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


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Mental Health and Disability Law Committee (11/3/20)
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