In Case You Missed It

Poverty’s Impact on Short-Term Decision-Making, Street Harassment, Mass Incarceration and the Black Family – In Case You Missed It – September 29, 2015

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It (our weekly roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues from multiple news and commentary websites). This week, we address the impact of poverty on short-term decision-making, why we need to take street harassment seriously, the devastating impact of mass incarceration on the Black family and more.  […]

Conferences as Community Builders

This is a cross-post from Minding the Workplace (the New Workplace Institute blog). Professor David Yamada reflects on his experiences at the recent Work, Stress and Health conference in Atlanta, GA. By David Yamada, JD (Professor of Law, Suffolk University Boston and Director, New Workplace Institute) All too often, academic and professional conferences are something of a […]

How the Mental Drain of Poverty Undermines Economic Opportunity

  This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Lisa A. Gennetian, PhD (Senior Researcher at National Bureau of Economic Research & Associate Research Scientist at NYU’s […]

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Toxic Exposure: The Impact of Racial Inequality on the Brain

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By April D. Thames, PhD (Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles) National media coverage of various troubling incidents have sparked outrage and forced the conversation of race relations and biases within the justice system against individuals of […]

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“Hate Being Sober”: Lessons from Rap Music to Address Substance Use among African American Teens

By Cendrine Robinson, MS (Doctoral Candidate in Medical and Clinical Psychology) Chicago native, rapper Chief Keef’s song Hate Being Sober (Cozart, Jackson, Thomaz & Pittman, 2012) has over 10 million views on YouTube. While some may not be familiar with the rapper, his YouTube views suggest that his music resonates with many of today’s youth. At […]

When Our Sisters Are Hurting…

By Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center) Karyn Washington’s unfortunate and untimely passing offers an opportunity for us to reflect on African American women, depression and suicide. In early April 2014, Ms. Karyn Washington took her life after what appears to be a long standing battle with depression. This […]

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Is It You or Is It Racist? The Insidious Impact of Microaggressions on Mental Health

By Debra Roberts, PhD (Howard University) and Sherry Molock, PhD (George Washington University) Several years ago, I was at a national psychological conference presenting several papers.  I was walking through the lobby wearing an Afrocentric mud cloth jacket when a woman came up to me, handed me her tote and asked me to take her […]

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How Do Family Expectations and Stress Affect Asian American Mental Health?

“I’m so glad to be alive. Every day we are seeing Asian Americans die because of lack of services, stigma and suicide.”   Can Truong spoke those words at APA’s recent Ethnicity and Health Series community forum – “Great expectations: Exploring family dynamics and stress among Asian and Asian American populations” cosponsored with the DC […]

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Mind the Gap: How Generational Differences Affect the Mental Health of Asian American Families

By Matthew Miller, PhD (Asst. Professor – University of Maryland, College Park) What do the words “generation gap” mean to you? For many people, “generation gap” conjures up memories of conflict with their parents over differences in music tastes, career choice, political affiliation, lifestyle choices, etc. However, for many Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander […]