Mental Health in Communities of Color Resilience Coping and Advocacy

Our lab seeks to explore and better understand the multi-level impact of institutional, systemic, and interpersonal racism on the mental health of people and communities of color.

With a focus on communities of color, we also explore barriers to quality and effective healthcare including access, systemic racism, mental health stigma, and help seeking behaviors.

Dr. Jessica Graham-LoPresti

To learn more about Dr. Graham-LoPresti and her work, please visit her faculty page.

Sample Publications

  • Graham-LoPresti, J., Walker-Gautier, S., Sorenson, S. Hayes-Skelton, S. (2017). Culturally sensitive adaptations to evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment for social anxiety disorder: A case paper. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  • Graham, J., West, L., Martinez, J., & Roemer, L. (2016). The mediating role of internalized racism in the relationship between racist experiences and anxiety symptoms in a Black American Sample. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 369-376.

Sample Book Chapters

  • Graham-LoPresti, J., Abdullah, T., Calloway, A. (in press). Culturally responsive assessment and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. In L. Benuto, F. Gonzalez, & J. Singer (Eds.). Handbook for Cultural Factors in Behavioral Health: A Guide for the Helping Professional. Springer Press.
  • Graham-LoPresti, J., Williams, M., (in press). Culturally responsive assessment and diagnosis for clients of color. In D. Rosen & J. Kanter (Eds.). Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: Using Contextual Behavioral Science to Achieve Equity and Excellence Across Settings and Communities. New York: New Harbinger Press

Current Graduate Student

Linsey Mathew

I am a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Suffolk University. I am originally from Pleasantville, New York and graduated from George Washington University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. For the past 2 years, I have been working as an intake coordinator/research assistant at the Meltzer Center, a community behavioral health clinic in Washington, DC. My research interests focus on help-seeking behaviors and the underutilization of mental health services among ethnic minority populations.

Interested in joining the lab?

If you are an undergraduate seeking a volunteer or independent research experience, please email Dr. Graham-LoPresti directly. 

Current Research Project

  • BATES: Black Americans Therapy Experiences Study
  • BARCS: Black Americans Resilience and Coping Study