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Psychology Professor Erlanger Turner to Examine Mental Health Among African Americans

May 20, 2021  | 1 min read

Erlanger TurnerIn recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Erlanger “Earl” Turner, assistant professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), will present “Mental Health Among African Americans,” a virtual discussion based on his book of the same title. Hosted by the GSEP Diversity Council, the event will take place on Tuesday, May 25, at noon PT.

“African Americans and people of African descent generally continue to experience oppression, racial discrimination, and social injustice such as police brutality. Due to experiences such as racism, African Americans are more likely to experience mental health symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder,” explains Turner. “It is my hope that through discussions around mental health, people will understand the impact of discrimination, be inspired to engage in activism to promote policy changes, and be more intentional about recognizing the humanity of all individuals.” 

Maria Marion Wright, director of talent management and adjunct professor of education at GSEP who organized the event, shares that, “The GSEP Diversity Council has been committed to educating our community about diverse populations in order to best serve them in the fields of education and psychology.” 

For additional information about this event, and to register to attend, visit the event’s registration page.