46. Feeling Proud of Being Black Contributes to Better Mental Health with McKenzie Stokes


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In this episode with McKenzie Stokes, we start off learning that researchers who inspire her are Dr. Elan Hope, Dr. Qiana Cryer-Coupet, and Kimberlé Crenshaw.

McKenzie Stokes and Dr. Elissia Tenea discuss:

  • Why the Intersectionality Theory coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw is understudied.
  • How closeness to one's mother contributes to racial identity
  • The research surrounding racial socialization for multiracial youth
  • The psychological trauma of being questioned about one's Blackness
  • How racial identity impacts the wellbeing of college-aged Black students at PWI's

About McKenzie

McKenzie Stokes is a first-generation college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. There, she studied Psychology and African American Studies. She is now a Doctor of Applied Social and Community Psychology candidate at North Carolina State University.

McKenzie's research examines the role of race-based protective factors (e.g. racial socialization, racial identity), race-based risk factors (e.g. racial discrimination, racial trauma), and parent-child relationships on the wellbeing of racially marginalized adolescents. She specifically hopes to disrupt narratives of racial essentialism in this work and the world more generally.

Connect with her:

Instagram: @becomingdrstokes

Connect with me:

Website: TheResearchHer.com

TikTok: @TheResearchHer

Instagram: @TheResearchHer

Twitter: @TheResearchHer

Facebook: @TheResearchHer

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