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Faith, Mental Health, and Community


Dr. Thema Bryant, President, American Psychological Association

A leader in clinical psychology, Dr. Thema Bryant speaks on "Faith, Mental Health, and Community" for Duke University Chapel's 2023 William Preston Few Lecture. The event, presented as a public conversation with Duke Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery, is free and open to the public but requires a no-cost ticket to attend. Free parking for the event will be available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive with ADA parking available in the surface lot at the same address. Reserve tickets here at no cost: . Dr. Bryant is president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a tenured professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she directs the Culture and Trauma Research Laboratory. Her clinical and research interests center on interpersonal trauma and the societal trauma of oppression. She has raised public awareness regarding mental health by extending the reach of psychology beyond the academy and private therapy office through community programming, organizational consultation, popular books, and media engagement. Duke Chapel's annual Few Lecture takes its name from Duke's first president who articulated a vision of education promoting the courage to seek the truth and the conviction to live it. The series is funded by the William Preston Few Endowment for Duke Chapel, which was established in 1986 by Kendrick S. Few '39 as a memorial to his father, William Preston Few, the first president of Duke University. A triple-graduate of Duke University, Dr. Bryant completed a doctorate in clinical psychology and also earned a master of arts and bachelor of arts at Duke. She is host of Homecoming, a mental health podcast, and director of the mental health ministry at First AME Church in South Los Angeles. She is author of the book Homecoming: Overcome Fear and Trauma to Reclaim Your Whole Authentic Self and co-author of The Antiracism Handbook: Practical Tools to Shift Your Mindset & Uproot Racism in Your Life and Community. She is editor or co-editor of the APA books Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voices of Fire, Acts of Courage and Multicultural Feminist Therapy: Helping Adolescent Girls of Color to Thrive.


Civic Engagement/Social Action, Diversity/Inclusion, Health/Wellness, Lecture/Talk, Multicultural/Identity, Religious/Spiritual