Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations

Understanding a patient’s culture and background can help you in providing the highest quality of care. The APA Best Practice Highlights provide information on particular populations’ demographics, significant history, a few best practice, and disparities and stigma to help you contextualize your assessment and treatment. These resources are not meant to be a comprehensive practice guideline, but rather are designed to offer a brief overview to assist you in your day-to-day practice. We encourage you to check back for new and updated resources, and utilize the DSM-5® Handbook of the Cultural Formulation Interview to help account for the influence of culture in your clinical work to enhance the patient-clinician communication and improve outcomes.


  • Working with African American Patients
  • Presented by Rahn K. Bailey, M.D.

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  • Working with Asian Patients
  • Presented by Albert Gaw, M.D.

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  • Working with Latino/a Patients
  • Presented by Lisa R. Fortuna, M.D.

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  • Working with LGBTQ Patients
  • Presented by Robert Paul Cabaj, M.D.

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  • Working with Native American Patients
  • Presented by Mary Hasbah Roessel, M.D.

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  • Working with Women Patients
  • Presented by Maureen Sayres Van Niel, M.D.

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