Black History Month: USD Psychology Professor Addresses Mindfulness for Racial Healing – University of San Diego Website

Dr. Shannon Franklin

Written By: Shannon Franklin, PsyD, Staff Psychologist at USD 

Dr. Franklin is a Black psychologist at the USD Counseling Center. Dr. Franklin actively works to dismantle systemic oppression and white supremacy both professionally and personally. Dr. Franklin is deeply committed to serving historically marginalized communities and has extensive experience providing mental health services to marginalized populations including ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ population, and those who identify as transgender and/or gender diverse.

A study by Watson-Singleton, Hill, and Case (2019) suggests that mindfulness practices have the ability to buffer the negative health consequences of past discrimination and race-related vigilance for African Americans. This research indicates that mindfulness can potentially mitigate the influence of past discrimination and race-related vigilance on Black college students’ health and that higher levels of mindfulness can be protective in the face of discrimination and race-related vigilance. Also, this research suggests that culturally tailored mindfulness may reduce depressive symptoms in African Americans. It seems that mindfulness can be a great tool for racial healing.

With this in mind engaging in culturally-congruent mindfulness can be a way to tend to our Black bodies and mind during this especially trying time. Often meditation has be borrowed, appropriated, and misshaped
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