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What are some possibly careers related to psychology or psychology and racism?

I would like to do something is psychology maybe but i do not want to be a psychiatrist. Are there any suggestions possibly related to psychology with racial awareness? #psychology #career #racialawareness


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Jason’s Answer

What a great profession to go into. Thee is a major shortage of therapists that can represent minorities of all races, orientation, gender identities, etc. There are specific areas of specialization as stated by the other answers. The idea of getting an Mph is an awesome idea. My wife is a DrPH and we talk all the time about combined topics. If you want to practice therapy, you will need to pursue licensure at either the master's level or PhD level in your state. There may be programs out there that combine a PhD or MS with an MPh for exactly what you are trying to do.

Best of luck to you. I would look at large research schools with doctoral programs in public health and you may find some combinations. For example, Rutgers school of public health has several combo degree programs like an MD/MPH, DrPH/MBA etc


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Alexis’s Answer

The field that you might pursue has such a need especially during this pandemic time which will have major life impacts for children and adults. There is a need for identifying those in need of psychological trauma and moral care. The areas that are affecting people in general are reflective of the pandemic which affects life style choices; systemic racial injustice; politization of rampant negative rhetoric; criminal justice systems that need restructuring for all genders and ages; and lack of economic equality. Addressing integrative issues in the service delivery of trauma care is a field that will need more research and clinicians to provide all people with the critical need for care that may be continuous not short term. Cultural differences will need to be respected for all. Diversity training will also need to be addressed, continuously.

Hey Alexis, this is an interesting answer. Do you have any suggestions on careers in the field? Gurpreet Lally

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Jason’s Answer

What a great profession to go into. Thee is a major shortage of therapists that can represent minorities of all races, orientation, gender identities, etc. There are specific areas of specialization as stated by the other answers. The idea of getting an Mph is an awesome idea. My wife is a DrPH and we talk all the time about combined topics. If you want to practice therapy, you will need to pursue licensure at either the master's level or PhD level in your state. There may be programs out there that combine a PhD or MS with an MPh for exactly what you are trying to do.

Best of luck to you. I would look at large research schools with doctoral programs in public health and you may find some combinations. For example, Rutgers school of public health has several combo degree programs like an MD/MPH, DrPH/MBA etc


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David’s Answer

There are many research opportunities in Psychology to study racial awareness and other race-related issues. I would suggest looking at the website of the American Psychological Association for more information on this topic. Good luck!

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There are many research opportunities in Psychology to study racial awareness and other race-related issues. I would suggest looking at the website of the American Psychological Association for more information on this topic. Good luck!

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Alexandra’s Answer

If you pursue a PhD in psychology (clinical psychology, social psychology, cultural psychology, etc) or even an MPH (masters in public health) there are a lot of opportunities to engage in research that examines racial disparities in healthcare access or health-related outcomes, individual differences in bias/prejudice and factors contributing to it, racial disparities in incarceration, etc. Even f you don't want a career in research, these degrees could also lead you to a career in public policy if you would rather be involved in advocacy for racial equity. If you pursue a degree in clinical psychology specifically (or a PsyD, LCSW, or MFT) then you can work directly with different populations by providing therapy or conducting cognitive assessments. For example, you could work within the foster care system or juvenile detention system to provide counseling to at-risk youth, which will often involve a racial disparities or historical racial trauma component.

This is a really important area and I'm glad that you're considering a career in it. A PhD, especially in clinical psychology, will probably give you the most flexibility in potential careers. It is a long and somewhat difficult road to pursue a PhD but having passion about the topic you study will go a really long way. Best of luck, and if you have any follow-up questions let me know.

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