As a Black West Indian immigrant and first-generation student, I am motivated to increase the visibility of higher education as an option for minoritized students.
I am further committed to increasing the viability of student success in graduate programs by intentionally considering the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in my teaching, mentorship, and consultation on course syllabi.
I am motivated by the need to increase the relevance of and access to mental health care for Black families in ways that both acknowledge systemic inequalities and honor cultural strengths.
I am committed to supporting children, adolescents and caregivers through evidence-based treatments for issues relating to anxiety, depression, trauma, racialized stress and emotion dysregulation.
My research explores how generational trauma impacts Black maternal health and how healthy emotion regulation strategies might protect infant development by supporting sensitive parenting.
My current research project, NEW Parents Connect, focuses specifically on the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based parenting program for first-time, low-income parents.
What I'm Reading
Reading has always brought me so much pleasure. When the heavy load of required grad school reading threatened to interrupt that enjoyment, I committed to a practice of reading for the joy of it. I was inspired by social psychologist Chelsea Johnson, PhD to share a selection of those reads with you here!
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
The Mothers, Brit Bennett
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
You Made a Fool of Death, Akwaeke Emezi
PET, Akwaeke Emezi
Bitter, Akwaeke Emezi
Opposite House, Helen Oyeyemi
The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski
Parable of the Talents, Olivia Butler
Revolutionary Mothering, Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Bridgerton Collection, Julia Quinn
Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi
Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, Akwaeke Emezi