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Rayven P

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of Kentucky




Hi! My name is Rayven L. Peterson, I am a current doctoral student pursuing my Counseling Psychology Ph.D. My research interest broadly includes social justice issues, mental health disparities, and the barriers that serve as facilitators to mental health help-seeking within the Black community. In terms of research projects, I am interested in assisting in the following projects: (1) projects dedicated to mental health disparities in underrepresented populations and communities, (2) substance use disorders and social determinants that impact the initiation of substance use, (3) investigating the help-seeking behaviors of communities a part of the global majority, (4) investigating cultural mistrust among Black community members, and (5) research projects focused on sexuality among members of the Black community.

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Mental health disparities in underrepresented populations and communities

Investigating the barriers that impede the use of mental health services among underrepresented communities in research (e.g., Black communities and Latinx communities).

Teaching experience

I have mentored students in completing science fair projects and applying for graduate programs.



Spelman College
BA Bachelor of Arts (2021)
University of Kentucky
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Counseling Psychology

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