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Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Implementing Radical Healing Strategies to Promote Health Equity


May 3, 2022




Helen A. Neville, Ph.D. , provided an overview of the psychology of the radical healing framework. Radical healing incorporates individual and collective aspects of health and wellness within the context of racial and other forms of oppression. She also discussed evidence for each of the five tenets of the model, emphasizing conceptual and empirical research on radical hope. Dr. Neville concluded her talk by presenting five public policy implications to promote (mental) health equity, particularly among Black Americans.


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About Dr. Neville

Dr. Neville is a professor of educational psychology and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (APA Division 45). Dr. Neville’s research focuses on racial ideologies– especially color-blind racial ideology and racial identity attitudes– and healing from racism-related trauma.

About the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking through existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their primary area of expertise in ways that have pushed their fields forward. We encourage discussions of the meaning of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

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