Mental health stigma in ethnic minority communities can create critical barriers to treatment for groups including African Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. One of the primary contributors to disparities in mental health treatment is mental health stigma, which refers to a collection of negative attitudes, thoughts, behaviors, or beliefs that help to facilitate fear, rejection, and discrimination against people with mental illness1.
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Keri Kirk received her PhD in clinical psychology from Howard University in August of 2018. Her dissertation examined biopsychosocial correlates of physical activity adherence in young Black women. She also received her Master of Science in psychology from Howard University. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Movement Science-Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. Her clinical interests combine her passion for fitness and health promotion and include health, sport, and exercise psychology, psychosocial and ecological correlates of health disparities, intervention development for health promotion among minorities, and minority mental health awareness. She completed her predoctoral internship at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in health psychology at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She enjoys running, traveling, belly laughs, spending time with family and friends, and mindless Netflix binges.
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