Bryant Marks

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  • CAMFT's 2023 annual conference
    In-person May 5 - 6, 2023 - Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA


Dr. Bryant Marks, PhD

Dr. Bryant Marks, PhD

Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator. He is the founding director of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College. He is a national thought leader and trainer of diversity, equity and anti-bias research and mitigation strategies for the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Dr. Marks has provided diversity, equity, and inclusion training for eighteen years. His personal and professional mission is to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of others that will allow them to reach their full potential and live their lives with purpose and passion. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Marks was a contributor/trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs. Dr. Marks has provided implicit bias training to over 2,000 Police Chiefs and executives via a series of briefings at the White House in 2016, and several thousand patrol officers in local police departments including the entire Los Angeles Police Department. He has also provided training related to diversity and implicit bias to individuals in education (K-12 and higher education), philanthropy, non-profits, local and federal government, and several other sectors. He serves on several national boards and is a highly sought after speaker and trainer.

Dr. Marks holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, the academic achievement of minority college students, innovations in STEM education, and personal passion and productivity. Dr. Marks is married to Dr. Kimberly Marks and father to Kim, Zion-Trinity, and Bryant II.



The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implications for Marriage and Family Therapists
May 6, 2023
9:30 am - 11:30 am
(2.0 CEs)


Broadly speaking, group-based bias involves varying degrees of stereotyping (exaggerated beliefs about others), prejudice (dis/liking others), and/or discrimination (unequal treatment of others) that occur above or below conscious awareness. Scholars have labeled the subconscious form of group-based bias implicit bias. In this provocative and highly interactive presentation, Dr. Marks will describe the science behind the causes and consequences of implicit bias and its impact on individuals and theraputic outcomes. Dr. Marks will also offer practical strategies for identifying, managing, and potentially mitigating implicit bias.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define implicit bias
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one cause and consequence of implicit bias
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one strategy for identifying, managing, and potentially mitigating implicit bias

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