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Black History Month Research Series Week Four: Indigenization of Mental Health for Africans and Africans in the Diaspora

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

“Indigenization of Mental Health for Africans and Africans in the Diaspora”

Overview of Week 4: This week’s event will focus on research that advances transformative change counselling for mental health wellness among people of African ancestry.
Our Panelists:

Lily Kpobi, Ph. D., is a research fellow from the University of Ghana. She has a background in psychology and public mental health and conducts research on improving access to mental health support. Her research seeks to understand pathways to mental health care in Ghana by examining so-called “alternative” approaches to care. Kpobi is also involved in participatory projects with people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, exploring ways of using creative arts for advocacy and activism in mental health.

Elias Mpofu, Ph. D., is a professor of aging and rehabilitation sciences at the University of North Texas. He also serves as an honorary professor of health sciences at the University of Sydney, a visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg, and an adjunct research professor with Western Sydney University’s Translational Health Research Institute. Mpofu’s rehabilitation sciences research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of resilience, social supports, and other health-promotive relationships, applying integrative approaches for a holistic person-environment interaction perspective in which contextual factors are moderators between health and wellbeing components.

Moderator: Dr. Kemesha Gabbidon, University of South Florida
We will host our event on Thursday, February 29th, from noon to 1 pm through a virtual presentation. 
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February 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST