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Culturally Informed Clinical Research – Dr. Monnica Williams

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Working with a racially and ethnically diverse population requires researchers who can appreciate unique differences in culture as well as psychopathology arising from experiences of stigma and oppression. Further, it is imperative that individuals from underrepresented groups be equitably represented in mental health care settings and research studies. Equitable representation is needed to ensure that
research findings are generalizable to all populations. Cultural, economic, and logistic barriers can deter people from disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups from participating in mental health research, and can also deter researchers from including them.
This presentation describes steps researchers can take to increase the inclusion of people in minoritized groups. Important strategies include formal training in cultural differences, development of multi-cultural awareness, diversification of treatment teams, community outreach, targeted advertising, a comfortable environment, and ongoing review of efforts. Also included is an overview of research abuses against vulnerable populations which has eroded trust between communities of color and the medical establishment.
Learning Objectives
1.Describe the ethical importance of diversity in mental health research Identify barriers
to inclusion of minoritized racial and ethnic groups
2.Describe research abuses against racialized groups
3.List key areas in research studies where problematic biases may arise
4.Implement key methods for effective outreach to diverse participants
5.Implement processes for retaining diverse participants


May 30
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm