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Race, Ethnicity and Mental Health Journal Club October 31, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Sterling Building, Room 244

Please join us on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12pm – 1pm, for the inaugural session of a new journal club entitled “Race, Ethnicity and Mental Health.”


Through this journal club we hope to expand our knowledge about research on racial/ethnic minorities in the United States, and to engage in intellectually stimulating discussion about psychiatric, psychosocial, health-related, attitudinal, and environmental factors that affect the health, well-being and functioning of racial/ethnic minorities. The list below includes some of the topic areas for selected articles.  We will also solicit ideas from journal club members for additional topic areas.


  • What is race? Is it a social or biological construct? How does our definition affect research?
  • Epidemiology of psychiatric disorders among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization
  • Stigma of mental illness and race
  • Effectiveness of psychiatric treatments for racial/ethnic minorities
  • Race, aging and mental illness
  • Methodological issues in research on racial/ethnic minorities
  • The role of spirituality in psychological well-being among racial/ethnic minorities.


The journal club will meet monthly on the last Wednesday of the month, 12 pm – 1pm, at 201 North Craig Street (Sterling Plaza, on the corner of Bayard and Craig Street) in Room 244 on the second floor.


Mark your calendars for the first three journal club sessions on the following dates:


Wednesday October 31, 2012

Wednesday November 28, 2012

Wednesday January 30, 2013


The first article to be discussed addresses the complexity of the study of race, ethnicity and culture in mental health.  Please email Pamala Pyle at if you plan to attend and to obtain a copy of the following article for the first session:


“Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in the Sociology of Mental Health”

by Tony N. Brown, Sherrill L. Sellers, Kendrick T Brown, and James S. Jackson.