Episode 58: Let's Have the Talk -- A Conversation with Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson

Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson

In this week’s episode, we amplify the voice of Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson. Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She earned her PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Virginia and completed a Clinical and Community Psychology Residency at Yale University's School of Medicine and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

An inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health leader, Dr. Anderson uses mixed methods in clinical interventions to study racial discrimination and socialization in Black families to reduce racial stress and trauma and improve psychological well-being and family functioning.

Dr. Anderson is the developer and director of the EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race) intervention and loves to translate her work for a variety of audiences, particularly those whom she serves in the community, via blogs, video, and literary articles. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and contributed to a range of print and live media, including The New York Times, The Times London, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Women’s Health, WebMD, CBS, and NBC. Dr. Anderson is involved nationally as an appointed member of the American Psychological Association’s Children, Youth, and Families committee, the Society for Research in Child Development’s Equity & Justice committee, and the Society for Research on Adolescence’s Anti-Racism Task Force.

Dr. Anderson also serves as the co-host of Our Mental Health Minute, a vlog and podcast geared towards reducing mental health stigma in the Black community.

  What you'll learn:

  • Her personal and professional work around the study and impact of racial discrimination & socialization in Black families.
  • Fostering dialogue around race & racism with children (young and older).
  • Her EMBRace program initiative and purpose

  • The notion that critical race theory and racial sensitivity training is “racist.” 
  • Her podcast and vlog – Our Mental Health Minute

CONNECT WITH: Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson 

Website: https://www.rianaelyse.com/

Personal Facebook : @rianaelyse 

Personal Twitter: @rianaelyse 

Personal Instagram: @rianaelyse

CONNECT WITH: Our Mental Health Minute

Website: www.OurMHM.com

Twitter: @OurMHM

Instagram: @OurMHM

Facebook : @OurMHM

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