Also known as African Psychology, Black Psychology is a scientific field that primarily focuses on how people of the African Diaspora experience the world. Black Psychology emerged in the U.S. as the direct result of the conceptualization of Black people under Westernized notions in psychology. By Brianna J. Downey.
We pause to honor some of the innovators in the field of mental health. We thank them for nuturing and advancing healing throughout the African diaspora.
These early academics set the blueprint that ushered in a revolution in the field of mental health that would address the mental and emotional trauma of the Black experience in America and beyond.
Dr. Inez Beverly
First Black Female Psychologist
Dr. Mamie & Dr. Kenneth Clark
Pioneering Psychologists Behind the famed “Dolls Test” - Revealed the effects of social and structual oppression.
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
Author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991)
These brilliant trialbrazers are instrumental in transforming the field of mental health.
Dr. Wade Nobles
A Founding Member of The Association Black Psychologists
Dr. Linda James Myers
Developed the theory of Optimal Psychology
Dr. Joy Degruy
Developed the theory Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Be the Healing
Dr. Na'im Akabar
Instrumental in developing an African-centered approach in modern psychology