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The Sawubona Healing Circle Study:

The Sawubona Healing Virtual Circle Study, funded by SAMHSA, is a longitudinal assessment of the efficacy of The Association of Black Psychologists Inc’s Sawubona Healing Circles. This study is a collaboration with Drs. Angela Haeny and Chyrell Bellamy at Yale School of Medicine and The Association of Black Psychologists Inc (ABPsi). In 2020, The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) drew attention to how the history of racism in the U.S. had created and exacerbated extant medical racial inequities to the detriment of Black people. In consultation with the Black Family Summit, ABPsi developed a pilot investigation, the Sawubona Healing Circle (SHC) initiative, which are culturally-grounding healing circles to support Black first responders. Since then, the groups have been expanded to offer support broadly within the Black-identifying African diaspora. The use of African terms and concepts from various African ethnic groups can be especially beneficial for strengthening a sense of pan-African ethnic identity among Black people making the Sawubona Healing Circle a candidate as an adjunctive support for Black people seeking treatment for mental health or substance use challenges; however, limited quantitative and preliminary qualitative data exists on the feasibility and acceptability of the Sawubona Healing Circle among Black people with mental health problems or substance use disorders. For more info on the Sawubona Healing Circles:


The Haitian Well-Being Study

The Haitian Well-Being Study is a multi-site collaboration with Dr. Judite Blanc at the University of Miami and Dr. Ernest Barthelemy at SUNY Downstate. The study aims to advance empirical knowledge on Haitian psychosocial, physiological, and cultural well-being. This mixed-method, longitudinal study includes the assessment of physiological determinants of health, encounters with vicarious and lived trauma, mental health sequelae, and sociocultural variables (such as ethnic and racial identity, spirituality, and Africultural coping). Further, this study will result in the construction and validation of a novel measure of Anti-Haitian discrimination, which takes into account the transnational and dynamic nature of anti-Blackness. Participants include Haitians on the island and in the diaspora, with a key focus on those who have recently migrated. For more info on the Haitian Well-Being Study:

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