The Psychological Consequences of Racism in the Black Community

Human Services Department DEI Series
Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Presentation by
Dr. Maryam M. Jernigan-Noesi 
Founder/CEO, Jernigan & Associates, LLC

About the Program
Underrepresented racial and ethnic groups experience unique race-related stressors both directly (e.g., explicit racial discrimination) and vicariously (e.g., witnessing racial discrimination in media).  As individuals directly impacted by interpersonal, institutional, and cultural racism, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) contend with racial stressors in their personal and professional lives, which can lead to particular challenges and negative experiences. The overall presentation will provide a brief history and overview of racial trauma and its unique consequences for Black-identified individuals.  An overview of the mental and physical health consequences of race-based stress and recommendations for how to cope and treat its consequences will also be presented. 

About the Presenter
Dr. Jernigan-Noesi brings almost two decades of experience as a health professional. She has extensive training and work experiences in psychology and health, women’s health, as well as specialized training in youth, adult and family interventions. Clinically, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has worked alongside a multidisciplinary team of health providers in inpatient and outpatient mental health, community, medical, academic settings, and private practice. She frequently consults with organizations to assess and implement culturally inclusive policies and practices. Additionally, given Dr. Jernigan-Noesi’s experience as an instructor and health provider, she provides professional development training to a wide range of executives, professionals, trainees, and staff.

Dr. Jernigan-Noesi completed advanced clinical training at The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. She also completed fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine. As a Clinical Fellow at Harvard, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi provided a range of outpatient mental health services in the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. During her tenure at Harvard, she assisted in the development and implementation of multidisciplinary medical interventions to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Dr. Jernigan-Noesi also served as a Teaching Fellow, providing instruction to medical residents and health care staff regarding the intersection between mental and physical health outcomes and culturally-responsive assessment and treatment. In 2010, she transitioned to the Yale University School of Medicine where she completed a fellowship, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, in translational research and intervention science. Her work as a clinician-scientist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine focuses on collaboration with health providers and community partners to develop and implement comprehensive health and wellness initiatives in real-world settings.

As clinical-researcher, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi’s contributions to the field of behavioral health have earned recognition from numerous organizations including the Ford Foundation and the American Psychological Association. She is Director of the Intersections Research Lab, where she focuses on the investigation of the social determinants of racial health disparities among marginalized populations, culturally-responsive assessment and treatment models, child and adolescent social-emotional development, and Black maternal health. Her recognized expertise in the development and implementation of culturally-responsive health models and interventions led Dr. Jernigan-Noesi to found Jernigan and Associates, LLC.

As an educator, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has over 15 years of formal instructional experience in higher education. She served as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Saint Joseph, in West Hartford, CT. In 2018, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi transitioned from Connecticut to Atlanta, GA where she now serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Agnes Scott College. She has taught an array of courses including Research Methods, Introduction to Counseling, Psychology of Women: Race, Class & Gender, Multicultural Perspectives, Health Psychology, Psychological Testing and Assessment, and Lifespan Development. Additionally, she has served as a graduate school instructor for Masters and doctoral-level mental health clinicians, teaching courses in Play Therapy, the Psychology of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Practicum and Supervision. In academic medical settings, Dr. Jernigan facilitated mental health seminars for medical students and providers focusing cultural considerations in assessment and treatment of patients.