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The Psychology of Radical Healing Collective

The Psychology of Radical Healing Collective emerged as a result of Dr. Helen Neville’s presidential task force during her term as President for the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Div. 45 of the American Psychological Association) in 2018. Dr. Neville envisioned the task force to develop ways to promote healing from racial trauma and oppression. Dr. Bryana French and Dr. Della Mosley served as co-chairs of the task force. 

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Hector Y. Adames, Ph.D.

Dr. Hector Y. Adames is a neuropsychologist by training and currently a Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chicago Campus. He co-founded and co-directs the IC-RACE Lab. His research focuses on how socio-race, skin-color, colorism, and ethnic and racial group membership influence wellness, and he has published several books. Dr. Adames has earned several awards including the 2018 Distinguished Emerging Professional Research Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45) and the 2020 Distinguished Star Vega Award from the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA). In 2021, he was honored with a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his commitment to human rights and racial justice through his research, service, and mentorship.

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Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Ph.D.

Dr. Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas is a Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) where she serves as the faculty coordinator for the concentration in Latinx Mental Health in the Counseling Psychology Department. She is the co-founder and co-director of the IC-RACE Lab. Her research focuses on colorism, skin-color differences, parenting styles, immigration, unaccompanied minors, and race relations, and she has authored two books. She has earned several awards including the 2018 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Citizen Psychologist Award, the 2020 Distinguished Star Vega Award from the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA) and the 2022 Shining Star Award from the National Multicultural Conference Summit. 

Grace A. Chen, Ph.D.

Dr. Grace A. Chen is a licensed psychologist, coach, and consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Chen supports psychology graduate students in their professional development through her Psych Grad Corner workshops, advising, and online resources. She works with a variety of individuals, including Asians/Asian Americans, other People of Color, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ folks. She provides consultation and group facilitation regarding radical healing from racial trauma. Dr. Chen values sharing knowledge about wellness and resisting oppression through blogs, podcasts, and community presentations. In her personal life, she co-leads an anti-racist parent group in her local community.

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Bryana H. French, Ph.D.

Dr. Bryana H. French, LP, is an Associate Professor in the Morrison Family College of Health at the University of St. Thomas. Her research, teaching, and community engagement focuses on racial and sexual trauma and recovery, specifically among Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Her research on men’s sexual victimization has been featured in several news outlets including Time, US News, and Huffington Post.  Her training interests focus on multicultural counseling development and social justice pedagogy and she provides intersectional consultation for universities and nonprofit organizations across the country. Dr. French has held multiple leadership roles in APA the including currently serving on the APA Council of Representatives. Her work has been recognized with awards throughout her career, including the APA Minority Fellowship Program, APA Divisions 17, 35, and 45, and the Minnesota Psychological Association. Dr. French sees individual clients in her clinical practice in Minneapolis, MN.

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Jioni A. Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Jioni Lewis is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research is focused on investigating the influence of discrimination on the mental and physical health of people of color, with a specific focus on the impact of gendered racism on Black women’s health and well-being. She also examines cultural protective factors that buffer individuals against the negative effects of gendered racism, such as gendered racial identity, cultural forms of coping, resistance, and radical healing. Dr. Lewis has received several national awards for her research and scholarship, including the 2019 Emerging Professional Contributions to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45), the 2020 Social Justice Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17), and the 2020 Emerging Leader for Women in Psychology Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology. She has also been an active leader in the Psychology of Black Women (APA Division 35, Section 1) serving as the President from 2020-2022.

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Della V. Mosley, Ph.D.

Dr. Della V. Mosley is a Black queer healer, scholar-activist, and spacemaker who uses Black feminist approaches to facilitate holistic wellness for people of the global majority, particularly Black people and all queer and transgender People of Color. She was an Assistant Professor in an APA-accredited Counseling Psychology PhD Program where she created the Wellness, Equity, Love, Liberation, and Sexuality (or WELLS) Healing and Research Collective, which she continues to lead and has now transitioned into a non-profit as The WELLS Healing Center. The WELLS Healing Center provides workshops and training for mental health and wellness healers that incorporates scholarship and activism. Dr. Mosley co-founded Academics for Black Survival and Wellness and is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellow.

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Helen A. Neville, Ph.D.

Dr. Helen A. Neville is a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she directs the Liberation Lab. Dr. Neville has held leadership positions on campus and nationally. She is the past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Div. 45). She has co-edited and (co)-authored numerous publications in the areas of race, racism, and racial identity, healing and liberation.  Dr. Neville has been recognized for her research and mentoring efforts including receiving the Association of Black Psychologists’ Distinguished Psychologist of the Year award, the APA Minority Fellowship Award, Dalmas Taylor Award for Outstanding Research Contribution, APA Graduate Students Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award, the APA Division 45 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring/contributions to African American students/community, and the Winter Roundtable Janet E. Helms Mentoring Award.