My guest today is Dr. Rheeda Walker.  Dr. Walker is a tenured professor  in the department of psychology at the University of Houston. She has published more than fifty scientific papers on African American adult mental health, suicide risk, and resilience. Dr. Walker and her work has been in places like Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and CNN Health. In 2020 she released a new book called, The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, which we touch on in this episode.

Some of the other topics explored in this episode include:

  • The rise in suicide among black children
  • The role of protective cultural traditions
  • The concept of psychological fortitude  
  • And navigating racial differences within the therapeutic relationship 


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