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Jada F

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Clinical psychology, Sexuality, Racial and Gender Discrimination, Mental Health, Social Justice Issues, Maternal Psychology,

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Suicide in the African American community

Historically, suicidality among African Americans has represented one of the lowest suicide rates of any ethnic group in the United States, ranking as the 16th leading cause of death among African Americans (Walker, 2007). In the past decade, however, suicidal behavior has increased significantly such that suicide deaths among Black youths have nearly doubled from a rate of 2.55 per 100,000 in 2007 to 4.82 per 100,000 in 2017 (The Congressional Black Caucus, 2019). The proposed project draws attention to suicide deaths among African Americans, focusing on racially insensitive, anti-Black suicide assessments, misdiagnosis, and misclassification of suicide deaths. This phenomenon warrants attention to enhance our knowledge of suicidality within the African American community, with the intent to improve prevention interventions to be unique to Black suicidal individuals.

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