Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology - Florida School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa Costas

Second Advisor

Marcia Pita


This critical literature review project explored the impact of COVID-19 on Latinx and Black communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of September 28, 2022, around 16% of COVID-19 cases in the United States were among Latinx people, and 14% of cases were among Black people (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022). Since COVID-19 began, clinicians have become more conscious of the effects of health disparities within racial and ethnic minorities, which has warranted increased advocacy by educating health and mental health providers and creating and providing resources to these communities and clinicians. The review focused on the health disparities and outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the pandemic on mental health, and how the COVID-19 pandemic discouraged the help-seeking behaviors of the Latinx and Black communities. Results from the review indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly exacerbated the present health and mental health disparities, in addition to deterring help-seeking behaviors in these communities. Findings are presented in terms of theoretical and practical implications and directions for future investigations. Recommendations for clinicians are also included based on the review of the literature.