Mental Health in Conversation!

 Below you will find links to recent events demonstrating moments of advocacy and educating the public about mental health in non-traditional settings.  

Healthy Minds, Healthy Community!

Dr. Smedley was a guest panelist discussing racial trauma with host, Harold Branch III, creator, Dr. Evelyn Burrell,  and fellow guests APA CEO Dr. Arthur Evans and Urban Trauma expert Dr. Maysa Akbar.

View Recording Here!

Juneteenth - Celebrating black mental health

To honor Juneteenth 2020, Dr. Smedley organized a panel of colleagues to have a conversation about black mental health as a part of DCPA's ongoing Task Force efforts.  When asked, why Juneteenth, Dr. Smedley commented, "We have joy but are fatigued from controlling our fear.  We love but are weary from persistent rage.  We laugh but maintain a readily available lament.  This is why we honor black mental health on Juneteenth." 


YouTube Link Here!

Dr. Smedley on NBC4 Washington

Dr. Smedley is co-leading the DC Psychological COVID-19 Task Force.  She was interviewed by NBC Washington's Darcy Spencer and shared details about the task force and  discussed the current mental health needs of the community

(Published 5/2/2020)​

NBC4 Interview


DCPA COVID-10 Town Hall

Dr. Smedley hosted a COVID-19 Town Hall on behalf of the DC Psychological Association! Dr. Samira Paul, Dr. Delishia Pittman, and Dr. Kosha Shah provided insights about managing anxiety, stress, relationships, and parenting as it relates to the pandemic. (Published 4/25/2020) 

Facebook Clip Here!


Relationships During COVID-19

Check out this discussion with Dr. Smedley and Dr. Maysa Akbar discussing relationships during COVID-19. (Published 4/23/2020) 

YouTube Clip Here!

Mental Health in the Black Church During a Pandemic

Dr. Smedley recently held a two-part virtual discussion about mental health with Pastor Dante Quick at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Vallejo, CA. (Published 4/22 & 29/2020)

YouTube - Part 1!

YouTube - Part 2!


"Dating In the Workplace"

Check out Dr. Smedley's expert insights on relationship advice for an article on Elite Daily! 

Read Here!

Journaling to Cope

Journaling to Cope: An Alternative to Violence, is a resource that was published with black males at the forefront of the author's purpose for sharing his own journey of life's trials.  Dr. Smedley was invited to participate on this project to further emphasize the importance of mental health in the black community.  The foreword, written by Dr. Smedley, serves to educate the lay person about common mental health diagnoses, symptoms, and how they may appear in the context of black individuals and families.  

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