Psychology Professor Explains the Black Female Experience

Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D, professor of psychological sciences and the director of the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders Among African Americans (PRADAA) at Kent State University was recently featured in the San Diego Monitor-News.

In the article “Black does Crack,” Neal-Barnett shares perspectives and knowledge of the impact of the black female experience on mental health and how it should be considered in the world of therapy.

The article discusses burnout and how black women face hurdles to treatment.

“With the dual pandemics of racism and COVID-19 upon us, Black women are overwhelmed,” Neal-Barnett told the paper. “We don’t have time to explain to a therapist what it means to be Black and female in this country. We don’t have the energy to educate our therapists about who we are as Black women.”

PRADAA exists to conduct quality research on anxiety and distribute those findings to African American communities to aid them with mental health struggles.

Neal-Barnett graduated with a Ph.D from DePaul University in 1988 and is the author of “Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fear.”

You can read the entire the article at

POSTED: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 1:21pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 1:52pm
Austin Monigold