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Dr. Mia Smith Bynum Answers Questions on the Resilience of Black Families, Past and Present, April 23


Dr. Mia Smith Bynum Answers Questions on the Resilience of Black Families, Past and Present, April 23

2021-03-24 (2)

Join us on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 2:30-3:30 pm Central (12:30 Pacific, 1:30 Mountain, 3:30 Eastern) for a new Life Paths Research Center webchat.

In our next webchat, we will be joined by Dr. Mia Smith-Bynum, Associate Professor of Family Science and Director of the Black Families Research Group in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland-College Park. She will be answering questions about Black social and political resilience and Black cultural strengths. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Smith Bynum is an expert in African American mental health, family interaction and communication in ethnic minority families, parenting, and racial identity. She also has expertise in adolescent mental health, adolescent sexual behavior, and parent-adolescent communication about difficult topics. She is co-author of the Multidimensional Model of Racial Identity (MMRI) and the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity (MIBI). Dr. Smith-Bynum is the two-term Chair of the Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development. Her research has been supported by external grants from several entities, including the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in child and family development at the University of Georgia.


Dr. Bynum will be chatting with Dr. Shawn Jones and Ms. Elon Epps.

Dr. Shawn Jones is a third-year Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program in the Psychology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to relocating to Richmond, Dr. Jones was a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where he worked with Dr. Howard Stevenson. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Children and Families from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Child Clinical Psychology Predoctoral intern at UCLA. He also holds a Master of Health Science in Mental Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2010) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University (2008).

Dr. Jones endeavors to impact the psychosocial wellbeing of Black youth and their families by: a) exploring mechanisms undergirding culturally-relevant protective and promotive factors; b) translating basic research into interventions that harness the unique strengths of the Black experience; and c) disseminating this research to be consumed, critiqued and enhanced by the communities the work intends to serve. Clinically, Dr. Jones is committed to the provision of culturally-informed child, couple and family therapy and assessment. Finally, Dr. Jones is passionate about eliminating racial health disparities, particularly those related to mental health services, which he sees as obtainable through stigma-reduction and mental health literacy interventions. To that end, Dr. Jones, together with colleague Dr. Riana Anderson, has created a video series and podcast, β€œOur Mental Health Minute”.


A native of Washington, D.C., Elon Epps recently graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a major in Women's and Gender Studies. Elon is a Posse Scholar and spent a lot of her time at Sewanee building connections across the community through her work as a Bonner Leader and within the Office of Admission. In the spring of her junior year, she conceptualized having a TEDx at Sewanee. To this day, Elon functions as the Chief Instigator and Chief Executive Officer of TEDxUniversityoftheSouth. Currently, Elon is an Admission Counselor at Hendrix College in Conway, AR.


These webiviews are wide-ranging discussions of research, practice, and professional development. So much wisdom is never communicated in journal articles or traditional conference presentations. This is one effort to help increase accessibility to all the skills and decisions that are needed for successful research, practice, and mentoring.
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