Mental Health and Intersectionality

October 16, 2019  

Mental Health and Intersectionality.   How do race, gender, and sexual orientation affect mental health? 

The Intersectionality and Mental Health presentation combines a multidisciplinary approach to topics such as
stereotyping, implicit bias, social identity and other over​-arching aspects of discrimination in mental health care
in the United States and on our campus.

The presenters were:

The purpose of this brown bag lunch was to inform our community of the mental health consequences of belonging to marginalized social groups on campus and beyond.

Dr. Clarence Spicer (Psychology)   Stereotypes and Implicit Biases
Dr. C. Vincent Spicer is an Associate Professor of Psychology and an Affiliate Professor of the African American Studies program. He joined the faculty at CofC during the fall of 1999. He earned both his B. A. and M A. degrees from North Carolina Central University in Psychology and Clinical Psychology, respectively. Dr. Spicer earned his Ph. D. degree, in Social Psychology, from the University of Kentucky. His research area is stereotyping and prejudice. Courses that Dr. Spicer typically teaches are Social Psychology, The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination, Cross Cultural Psychology and Psychology In The Workplace.

Rachael McNamara (Counseling Center)  Neuroplasticity, Intersectionality & Mental Health Continued 
Rachael McNamara has considerable experience in mental health outreach, prevention and training.  Ms. McNamara received a Master’s degree in Developmental and Clinical Psychology.  She worked for three years with Palmetto Pines as a therapist specializing in perpetrators of sexual aggression, three years in the children and adolescent program at My Sister’s House, a domestic violence shelter, and eight years as the Health Educator at the College of Charleston.  Each year she designs and coordinates comprehensive health education programs involving mental health screening days, events, approximately 60 presentations for college classes, advises a peer counseling program and internship and volunteer program for public health students, provides basic suicide prevention training, provides Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, participates actively in orientation, designs flyers, brochures and promotional materials.  In addition to maintaining the CASAS social media accounts, each semester she recruits and supervises volunteer students to design and create posts for the many different platforms. 

Reagan Williams (Student, Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies major; Political Science minor) 
Addressing Our Social Identities, Stigmas & Perceptions of Mental Health
Reagan Williams is a Senior at the College majoring in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies with a minor in Political Science. Just last spring she co-founded the student organization, Mental Health in Melanin to advocate for mental health care awareness and combat collective trauma often experienced in communities of color. Reagan has worked on the executive board for the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center, the Intersectional Cougar Action Network, works as a peer educator/mentor and is a trained facilitator in Restortive Justice. She has facilitated workshops on LGBTQ+ Affirmation Therapy and is hoping to continue her studies in psychology after graduating. 

The Video

The video of Mental Health and Intersectionality is "neurodiversity" in the link below:

Photos from Mental Health and Intersectionality

Ms. Rachael McNamara
Dr. Clarence Spicer
Ms. Reagan Williams

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