A special thanks to Dr. Thema for an amazing presentation and dynamic session. Thank you to our attendees and supporters!
APA President-Elect, Licensed Psychologist, Ordained Minister, and Sacred Artist
As the nation’s leading organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, The Steve Fund (stevefund.org) is excited to bring young women of color together during an empowering, supportive and dynamic virtual session led by Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis—internationally recognized lecturer, performer, and minister. Her expertise on trauma, holistic healing, with special focus on the intersection of gender and race, and thriving in today’s world is precisely what we need at this moment in time.
Attendees will be guided through an inspiring and empowering interactive experience. During this two-hour virtual event, take time for self awareness, healing, and mentorship as we engage with one another around the important relationship between mind, body and spirit.
Student Creative Expression
Director of Programs and Partnerships
Why Now? Making the Case
Dr. Carlota Ocampo
Provost, Trinity Washington University
and Steve Fund Board Member
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Session Leader
President-Elect 2023, American Psychological Association
Licensed Psychologist, Ordained Minister, Sacred Artist
Mind, Body, and Spirit
Dr. Thema will discuss the major sources of stress and trauma for young women of color and then describe and demonstrate multiple pathways to healing and liberation including self-care, community care, meditation, movement, spirituality, and liberation psychotherapy as well as womanist psychotherapy. Topics covered will include imposter phenomenon, internalized racism, beauty myths, and racial battle fatigue.
Identifying signs and patterns of distress
Strategies for coping, healing, and resisting oppression
Holistic approaches to wellness attending to mind, body, and spirit
Guided meditation and movement exercise
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Duke University and her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical Center’s Victims of Violence Program. Upon graduating, she became the Coordinator of the Princeton University SHARE Program, which provides intervention and prevention programming to combat sexual assault, sexual harassment, and harassment based on sexual orientation. She is currently 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 is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past APA representative to the United Nations. Dr. Thema also served on the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology and the Committee on Women in Psychology. The American Psychological Association honored her for Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest in 2013. The Institute of Violence, Abuse and Trauma honored her with their media award for the film Psychology of Human Trafficking in 2016 and the Institute honored her with the Donald Fridley Memorial Award for excellence in mentoring in the field of trauma in 2018. The California Psychological Association honored her for Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology in 2015. She is the editor of the APA text Multicultural Feminist Therapy: Heling Adolescent Girls of Color to Thrive. She is one of the foundational scholars on the topic of the trauma of racism and in 2020, she gave an invited keynote address on the topic at APA. In 2020, the International Division of APA honored her for her International Contributions to the Study of Gender and Women for her work in Africa and the Diaspora. Dr. Thema has raised public awareness regarding mental health by extending the reach of psychology beyond the academy and private therapy office through community programming and media engagement, including but not limited to Headline News, National Public Radio, and CNN.
Our Mission: Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color