Diversity issues such as multicultural competence and sexual health competence have received increased but separate academic attention in recent years. Although empirical support has been found for the presence of racial biases in the diagnoses of mental health disorders, there is no evidence to date regarding the role of racial biases in the diagnoses of female sexual pathology. In the present study, 101 pre-doctoral psychology interns across the United States assessed the symptom severity of a fictional client via online vignettes in which client race was experimentally manipulated. Participants did not report significantly different symptom severity ratings between the vignettes featuring a White client and the vignettes featuring a Black client. Future research should examine service-provider competence among more diverse samples, as well as pedagogical practices within psychology training programs that may be implicated in these results.


Eric L. Sprankle

First Committee Member

Shannon Miller

Second Committee Member

Moses Langley

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)




Social and Behavioral Sciences

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