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Addressing Racial & Political Issues from the Perspective of a Black Psychologist

  • 10 Jul 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual

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Join us on for an honest, conscious dialogue on racial discourse and how racism pervades every system. With such heaviness around us, we must adhere to the principle of Beneficence and Do no harm. We invite you to have the hard conversations, amplify Black voices, and leave your privilege at the door. Event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jackie Darby is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Maryland and DC. She received her PsyD from American School of Professional Psychology. She works as a staff psychologist and group coordinator at American University Counseling center. She provides individual and group psychotherapy services focusing on multicultural concerns, intra-personal trauma, mood disorders, and substance abuse concerns. She has presented cultural concerns within psychology including; impacts of universal colorism on clinical psychology, financial barriers in treatment, stigma within substance abuse communities, and social activism in clinical training programs. 

Dr. Ross received her BA in Social Science from The University of Maryland University College, her MA in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship at Springfield Hospital Center.  She is an activist, advocate, educator, and clinician. She is passionate about serving military personnel, promoting social justice, increasing diversity awareness, conducting clinical research, and empowering others as they accomplish their goals. She has specialized training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, substance abuse treatment, behavioral treatment planning, forensic psychology, and providing treatment for at risk youth and those diagnosed with serious mental illness. Additionally, she conducts psychological evaluations, development assessments, admissions testing, and competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations. Dr. Ross also has a specific interest in working with adolescents and adults who have experienced complex trauma, veterans/active duty, women, and individuals transitioning into the community after experiencing incarceration.

Joniesha “Jojo” Hickson, M.A., is the Student Representative for the Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion Committee.  She is a third year clinical Psy.D. student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She is passionate about social Justice advocacy and steadfast in her pursuit of Black Liberation.  Jojo started a non-profit organization called Dear Black Prophets which seeks to empower, educate, and unite Black communities and our allies.


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