About this Episode:

The Four Doctors – Janeé Avent Harris, Angie D. Cartwright, Loni Crumb, and Dominique S. Hammonds – discuss Mental Health Awareness Month, the unique mental health concerns of Black communities, and how the senseless murders of Black individuals and most recently the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, result in community stress, fear, and collective trauma in Black families and communities.

About The Four Doctors:

The purpose of the Four Doctors, is to use our positionality as professional counselors, advocates, educators, parents, sisters, and citizens to call attention to matters that may affect overall mental health wellbeing. We collectively strive to reach a mass of people through media and local events to have courageous conversations about ongoing issues impacting mental health. We are:

Dr. Janeé Avent Harris received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Licensed Clinical Mental Health-Associate with clinical experience in a variety of settings including a college counseling center, level 1 trauma center, and a child/adolescent inpatient behavioral health center. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at East Carolina University. She is an active researcher, publishing and presenting on subject matters including diversity and cultural issues, examining the role of religion/spirituality in African American mental health help-seeking behaviors, counselor training and clinical supervision, and multicultural considerations in counselor education/academia. Her work is motivated by her passion to see people from all backgrounds and life experiences have access to quality and culturally sensitive mental health services.

You can email Dr. Avent-Harris at AVENTJ16@ECU.EDU and find her on Twitter at @draventharris

Dr. Angie D. Cartwright earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Master of Arts in counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, all from Sam Houston State University. She is currently an associate professor of counseling at the University of North Texas and the clinical director/owner of North Texas Counseling and Wellness – A training and clinical services organization. Dr. Cartwright’s research agenda addresses the success of children from absent-father homes, offender and addictions counseling issues, and issues related to culture and diversity within counseling and counselor education. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed publications, over $1.6 million dollars in grant funding as the lead investigator, and has over 10 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor–Supervisor (Texas) and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider (Texas). Dr. Cartwright’s clinical background includes work with incarcerated adults, civilly committed sexual offenders, mandated clients, and youth. She is currently the incoming President of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling.

You can email Dr. Cartwright at angie.cartwright@unt.edu and find her on Twitter at @dr_acartwright

Dr. Loni Crumb is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program at East Carolina University and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She has authored scholarly publications related to counseling and wellness and has received over one million dollars in grant funding as the lead investigator. She is currently a Research and Innovation Associate with the Rural Education Institute in the College of Education. She received the Professional Writing and Research Award from North Carolina Counseling Association in 2018 and was a recipient of the Profiles of Diversity Award, recognized for her commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in her life and work. Her research interests include counseling in rural areas, rural education, promoting retention and persistence of underserved students in higher education, and college student mental health. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia, M.A. in Education and Community Counseling from Clark Atlanta University, and B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University.

You can email Dr. Crumb at CRUMBL15@ECU.EDU

Dr. Dominique S. Hammonds is an educator, scholar, clinician, and advocate. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University. She is passionate about increasing mental health awareness among communities of Color and increasing access to quality, culturally responsive mental healthcare in a global society. Her scholarship and professional service activities center around a variety of subjects including: a) culturally responsive teaching, counseling and clinical supervision, b) creative teaching and supervision methods, and c) technology in counseling. She received the 2017 Creativity/ Innovation in Counseling Award and the 2018 ACES Supervision Award. Dr. Hammonds earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider, and Clinical Supervisor. 

You can email Dr. Hammonds at hammondsds@appstate.edu and find her on Twitter at @Dr_DSHammonds

The APA Citation for this Episode:

Shook, M. (Producer). (2020, May 26). EP172: Community Stress and Black America – An Urgent Matter with The Four Doctors [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://wp.me/p7R6fn-XhI.

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