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Cultural Considerations in Working with Black and African American Youth

Lang, Qortni; Roberson-Moore, Toya; Rogers, Kenneth M; Wilson, Walter E
This article seeks to provide an exploration of the contributors to the mental health of Black and African Americans. We explore the foundations of racism in this country as well as factors leading to systemic racism. It is important to gain an understanding of the multifaceted contributors to disparities in health care and mental health care. Black children and adolescents experience more poverty, discrimination, marginalization, and racism compared with their white counterparts in the United States (APA, 2017). These are factors that greatly impact the mental health of this population. In addition to exploring examples of disparities in diagnosis, treatment, and research on Black youth, we also provide recommendations for clinicians seeking to provide exemplary culturally sensitive care that recognizes the diverse and multifaceted nature of this population.
PMID: 36182221
ISSN: 1558-0490
CID: 5334772

Mental health service availability for autistic youth in New York City: An examination of the developmental disability and mental health service systems

Cervantes, Paige E; Conlon, Greta R; Seag, Dana Em; Feder, Michael; Lang, Qortni; Meril, Samantha; Baroni, Argelinda; Li, Annie; Hoagwood, Kimberly E; Horwitz, Sarah M
LAY ABSTRACT/UNASSIGNED:Autistic children and adolescents experience high rates of co-occurring mental health conditions, including depression and suicidality, which are frequently identified by stakeholders as treatment priorities. Unfortunately, accessing community-based mental health care is often difficult for autistic youth and their families. The first obstacle families confront is finding a provider that offers mental health treatment to autistic youth within the many service systems involved in supporting the autism community. The mental health and developmental disability systems are two of the most commonly accessed, and previous work has shown there is often confusion over which of these systems is responsible for providing mental health care to autistic individuals. In this study, we conducted a telephone survey to determine the availability of outpatient mental health services for autistic youth with depressive symptoms or suicidal thoughts or behaviors in New York City across the state's mental health and developmental disability systems. Results showed that while a greater percentage of clinics in the mental health system compared with in the developmental disability system offered outpatient mental health services to autistic youth (47.1% vs 25.0%), many more did not offer care to autistic youth and there were very few options overall. Therefore, it is important that changes to policy are made to increase the availability of services and that mental health care providers' knowledge and confidence in working with autistic youth are improved.
PMID: 35893840
ISSN: 1461-7005
CID: 5276592

Cultural and Structural Humility and Addressing Systems of Care Disparities in Mental Health Services for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Youth

Yan Li, Annie Sze; Lang, Qortni; Cho, Jang; Nguyen, Vinh-Son; Nandakumar, Shankar
This article draws into focus the role of cultural and structural humility in shaping a mental health system that can address the mental health disparities for BIPOC youths. In an era of growing diversity in the United States population and a calling out of racism and discrimination on an interpersonal and systemic level, the commitment to a lifelong engagement of cultural awareness and an openness to reflect and critique, is whereby mutual partnerships between professionals, patients, and clinician themselves can strengthen. This hallmark tenet of cultural humility is actively being adopted into community programs and academic health care institutions as ways to improve the mental health understanding and needs of BIPOC youths.
PMID: 35361363
ISSN: 1558-0490
CID: 5201342

Let"™s talk about race

Chapter by: Marsh, Akeem Nassor; Cox, Lara Jo; Linick, Jessica; Lang, Qortni A.
in: Not Just Bad Kids: The Adversity and Disruptive Behavior Link by
[S.l.] : Elsevier, 2022
pp. 569-594
ISBN: 9780128189542
CID: 5199252

The 4th Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, 5-9 April 2014, Florence, Italy: A summary of topics and trends

Abayomi, Olukayode; Amato, Davide; Bailey, Candace; Bitanihirwe, Byron; Bowen, Lynneice; Burshtein, Shimon; Cullen, Alexis; Fuste, Montserrat; Herrmann, Ana P; Khodaie, Babak; Kilian, Sanja; Lang, Qortni A; Manning, Elizabeth E; Massuda, Raffael; Nurjono, Milawaty; Sadiq, Sarosh; Sanchez-Gutierrez, Teresa; Sheinbaum, Tamara; Shivakumar, Venkataram; Simon, Nicholas; Spiteri-Staines, Anneliese; Sirijit, Suttajit; Toftdahl, Nanna Gilliam; Wadehra, Sunali; Wang, Yi; Wigton, Rebekah; Wright, Susan; Yagoda, Sergey; Zaytseva, Yuliya; O'Shea, Anne; DeLisi, Lynn E
The 4th Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference was held in Florence, Italy, April 5-9, 2014 and this year had as its emphasis, "Fostering Collaboration in Schizophrenia Research". Student travel awardees served as rapporteurs for each oral session, summarized the important contributions of each session and then each report was integrated into a final summary of data discussed at the entire conference by topic. It is hoped that by combining data from different presentations, patterns of interest will emerge and thus lead to new progress for the future. In addition, the following report provides an overview of the conference for those who were present, but could not participate in all sessions, and those who did not have the opportunity to attend, but who would be interested in an update on current investigations ongoing in the field of schizophrenia research.
PMID: 25306204
ISSN: 1573-2509
CID: 1309872