Extensive Research Description
My primary research interests address racial and ethnic health care disparities; systems change and system transformation, recovery and resiliency -oriented practice and the critical dimensions of cultural competency and spirituality in psychology. My consultative work seeks to bring research and practice together, with a focus on providing culturally competent services and outreach into the community. As a consultant to state and community-based agencies, and forensic institutions, I have worked to develop programs that reduce health disparities among ethnic and racial low-income populations, increase cultural competency and promote recovery. I am also a facilitator and steering committee member of the Healing Racism Coalition. My long standing interest in addressing racism takes place through my community presentations on Black Hair and Slavery; and facilitating Chicago Dinners, a race dialogue program that brings strangers together for a dinner party in which the topic is race.