2024 Unstoppable Voters Faculty Fellow Margit Berman

Margit Berman (they/she) is a counseling and social psychologist who is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Augsburg University and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is the author of A Clinician’s Guide to Acceptance-Based Approaches for Weight Concerns: The Accept Yourself! Framework (Routledge, 2018) and A Workbook of Acceptance-Based Approaches for Weight Concerns: The Accept Yourself! Framework (Routledge, 2018). She received the 2021 National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology’s President’s Leadership Award for her work developing and launching the Clinical Psychology PsyD Training Program at Augsburg University. She was a recipient of the 2015 Hitchcock Foundation Scholars Career Development award for her research and development of the Accept Yourself! intervention for large-bodied women with depression. She is past chair of the Society for Counseling Psychology’s Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, and is associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She is a feminist, cognitive-behavioral therapist who trains clinicians in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and self-acceptance-based interventions throughout the U.S. She is passionate about training beginning psychologists in social justice advocacy and in addressing inequities in graduate psychology education.

Margit Berman. Photo by Courtney Perry/Augsburg University.
Margit protesting after Roe v. Wade. Photo by Jeremy McDonald.

About Augsburg University

The Augsburg University Clinical Psychology Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota prepares students to become clinical psychologists in the practitioner-scholar tradition. Its graduates provide scientifically grounded, theoretically informed, and culturally responsive psychological services. Rigorous training in the science, practice, and ethics of clinical psychology, including social justice advocacy, is emphasized in order to address the needs of individuals, couples, families, and organizations across diverse communities.

Faculty Fellowship Focus

Social Justice Advocacy for Psychologists: This course provides students with historical context, practical training, and opportunities to engage in social justice advocacy relevant to their and their clients’ professional concerns. Students will learn principles of civic engagement and the history of psychologists’ involvement in advocacy, as well as current examples. Ethical and professional issues involved in advocacy activities will also be examined. Students will learn best practices for social justice advocacy by psychologists, and will implement these practices in federal, state, local, organizational, and other professional settings to advocate for change to benefit clients, students and training, and the profession.

“Advocacy and civic engagement are increasingly important for psychologists in order to help the diverse clients we serve. I’m excited to engage with my students — psychologists in training — to create social change, build hope, and inspire them to create careers that truly change the world.”

– Margit Berman, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Augsburg University