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Bowdring's research focuses on elucidating factors that contribute to the initiation, maintenance, and exacerbation of substance use, as well as problematic substance use consequences. Overarching themes in Bowdring's writings include investigations of psychosocial aspects of social drinking experiences and scholarly advocacy to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within clinical, academic, and community spaces. Bowdring serves individuals struggling with behavioral health concerns through the provision of therapy in an academic medical center and supports scholarly advocacy through her leadership in Scholars for Elevating Equity and Diversity.
Mentions mass incarceration of Black people in the United States is gaining attention as a public health crisis with extreme mental health implications. Draws from existing theory and empirical evidence to demonstrate historical and contemporary examples of psychology’s oppression of Black people through research and clinical practices and consider how this history directly contradicts the American Psychological Association (APA)’s ethics code. Concludes by calling on psychologists to recognize our unique power and responsibility to interrupt the criminalization and pathologizing of Blackness as researchers and mental health providers.
Discusses key clinician recommendations for talking about racism and racism-related events with youth of color.