Jamey Rislin



  Mentor: Dr. Ivelisse Torres-Fernandez
  RISE Scholar since: Summer 2013

 Press Release


  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, New Mexico State University, Expected 2018
  • M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • B.A. Psychology, Mount Holyoke College 2003
  • B.A. Dance, Mount Holyoke College 2003
Research Interests:

  • As a developing counseling psychologist, research continues to be central to developing efficacious interventions, understanding the connections between the mind, body and the environment, and finding innovative ways to aid in healing. Given this my overarching research agenda focuses on social determinants of health, health disparities and multicultural considerations in clinical practice (e.g. minority mental health, help-seeking behavior, stigma, best practices in working with underserved/underprivileged groups to improve clinical outcomes). Currently, my independent line of research focuses on the impact of systems of oppression and discrimination on the physical and mental health of African/Black Americans. Specifically, I am interested in the way that personal and vicarious experiences with racism induce race-related stress and lead to health problems. With my current line of research, I plan to investigate how novel coping strategies might attenuate the relationship between race-related stress and health problems. My goal is to create a program of research that helps to identify scalable interventions that can be used to reduce the health effects of race-related stress.
Teaching Experience and Interests:

  • Paulo Freire said, “The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” As a teacher, I desire to create a warm, supportive and collaborative environment that allows participants to test their assumptions, develop the skill of perspective taking, garner greater self-awareness and discover the topics that spark their intellectually curiosity. The ultimate goal is to help students figure out how to use the information they have acquired along with their talents and skills to change and shape the world around them. I have taught classes focused on issues of diversity and inclusion, diagnosis and treatment planning and introductory psychology and counseling classes. I continue to be interesting in teaching and conducting outreaches about various research and clinical topics related to multicultural psychology and issues of diversity.

  • The RISE to the Postdoctorate Program has offered me unique opportunities to hone and develop research skills that will prepare me for a research oriented career. This preparation has included formal mentoring, the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops, gain technical research skills, learn about grantsmanship and gain assistance with attending conferences and disseminating research findings. I have had the opportunity to work independently and colloboratively on research focused on social determinants of health, health disparities and racial/ethnic minority mental health. The RISE program has and continues to offer me unique opportunities to present/publish research, network with research professionals and given me the catalyst to apply for various awards and grants. Recently, I was awarded the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45) Toy Caldwell-Colbert Student Contributions to Service Award. I continue to be actively engaged in independent and collaborative biobehavioral research projects. I look forward to continuing to conduct research and plan to pursue an academic position that allows me to amalgamate my passion for clinical research, scientifically-based clinical practice and teaching.
Research Abstracts:

  • Cheng, H.L., Wang, L., McDermott, R., Wang, C., Kridel, M. Rislin, J.L. College Students’ Willingness to Seek Psychological Help: The Roles of Self-Stigma, Mental Health Literacy, and Demographic Correlates (Provisionally accepted pending minor revisions)
  • Rislin, J.L. (2015). Real Talk: Black Girl Excellence, The Importance of Mentoring in Academia. Newsletter for Division 35 -Section 2,1, 3-5.
  • McDermott, R. C., Schwartz, J. P., & Rislin, J. (2015). Men’s mental health: A biopsychosocial critique. In J. Wong & S. Wester (Eds.), Handbook of Men and Masculinities. Washington D.C. APA press.

  • The A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert Distinguished Student Service Award
  • APA-ATI: Research Training for Research on Racial/Ethnic Minorities
  • Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
Service activities:

  • Student Affairs Coordinator, Psychologists For Black Lives
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.