Fall 2017 Front Page

President’s Message: Standing on the threshold of our 50th anniversary

I am humbled and honored to serve as the 45th President of the Association of Black Psychologists. Standing on the threshold of our 50th anniversary and having just completed our 49th annual international convention whose theme was “Our Roots, Our Future,” the courage and commitment of our forefathers and foremothers who took the audacious step towards Kujichagulia (Self-determination) demand...

Camille Lester

Black Women and Breastfeeding: Unveiling the Hidden Narrative

By Camille Lester, M.S., NCC “You got the light, so, count it all joy”-Solange Latest reports from the CDC detail a chronic and pervasive concern plaguing Black women that prompted the CDC to make recommendations for swift and urgent action. What is the concern you ask? Black women and breastfeeding. When examining the state of breastfeeding in the Black community it is imperative to give honor...

2017 National Award Recipients

ABPsi Service Award: Dennis Alexander, Ph.D. Dr. Dennis Alexander has served with Dr. Theopia Jackson as Co-Chair of the Education and Training Committee for approximately six years. He has been an active participant on the National Convention Committee and has also worked with the Rituals Committee. To him we can attribute much of the credit for our Ancestors’ shrine and also for preparing the...

Cheryl Grills Enola Aird

The Why and How of Emotional Reparations: Counting the Human Costs of Racism Against People of African Ancestry

By Enola Aird, Ph.D. and Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.   Say the word “reparations” and many people think about the economic costs of the enslavement and oppression of Black people. But the human costs of these crimes are even greater. Valuing Black Lives 2017: The Third Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit will contribute to the international public conversation about reparations by focusing on the...

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“Don’t harm a hair on their head”: Culturally Meaningful and Ethical Psychological Data Collection in Black Hair Care Spaces

By Afiya Mbilishaka, Patricia Coffen, Avery Lacey University of the District of Columbia   Research scholars often miscalculate the obstacles in recruiting community samples of Black participants for psychology research studies. To be sensitive to the multigenerational cultural mistrust in research with Black participants, we must ethically align our research strategies with the cultural norms set...



General Articles

Brittany M. Griffin

Medasi pa ABPsi and FAMU Psychology Department

Brittany M. Griffin, M.S. | The University of Akron, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student Student Circle Strategic Planning Chair of The ABPsi   The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) is an...

Aaron Bethea

ABPsi Helped me along the Journey of Becoming A Psychologist

By Aaron Bethea, M.A. Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, The University of Akron   As a student in a clinical/counseling psychology master’s program at a small predominately White university in...

Ashley-Maxie-Moreman

Developing Warrior Healers through Intergroup Dialogue: A Personal Reflection

Ashley Maxie-Moreman, M.Ed./M.A.Ph.D. Counseling Psychology Student, University of Miami “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” (Fanon, F.,...