Reclaiming the past and transforming our future: Introduction to the special issue on foundational contributions of Black scholars in psychology

Fanita A. Tyrell, Helen A. Neville, José M. Causadias, Kevin O. Cokley, Karlyn R. Adams-Wiggins

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Abstract

The contributions of Black scholars to psychology have been erased or marginalized within mainstream, U.S.-centered psychology. As such, psychologists and trainees have little exposure to strengths-based theories and schools of thought that center and humanize the experiences of people of African descent. This special issue intervenes on anti-Black racism at the epistemic level by curating a review of foundational contributions by diverse Black scholars in psychology and related fields. The special issue is organized around five integrative and overlapping themes: (a) Black scholars who have written on topics related to race, racism, and racial identity; (b) schools of thought that embody decolonial, liberation, and African psychologies and the scholars writing within these traditions; (c) scholars who have created new theories and approaches to conceptualizing the mental health of Black children, youth, and families; (d) Black scholars adopting an intersectional lens to research and practice; and (e) Black scholars creating spaces within existing organizations to theorize about and research the experiences of people of African descent. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-375
Number of pages9
JournalThe American psychologist
Volume78
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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