The Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application (CEPRA) is a part of the Department of Psychology in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.
The mission of the Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application (CEPRA) is to promote mental wellness, enhance mental health literacy, and improve overall behavioral/mental health for all individuals with special emphasis on African American and other underserved populations. The mission is accomplished through research, education, and training components described below.
Component Related Activities
- Research component has a professional focus with emphasis on research productivity, collaboration, grantsmanship, and information dissemination.
- Education component has a community focus to expand the knowledge of the general public in regards to behavioral/mental health issues and mental health literacy.
- Training component has a student focus to develop student researchers and nurture effective change agents in addressing the needs of African Americans and other minorities.
- Establish website reflecting current information on multicultural research and training in behavioral/mental health.Include user (community) friendly section of center website that provides up to date information to the general public on behavioral/mental health issue
- Identify studies relevant to a multicultural focus and form a literature data base to inform manuscript development and grant writing.
- Engage in research to better understand behavioral/mental health issues particularly among ethnic minorities and underserved populations.
- Establish grant initiatives to support behavioral/mental health related research.
- Establish community based participatory research initiatives to better understand and address mental health needs of underserved populations.
- Establish a major resource and location for behavioral/mental health literacy education training for the general public with special emphasis on improving knowledge of behavioral/mental health issues, recognizing behavioral/mental health symptoms, promoting early intervention, and enhancing help seeking behaviors. Mental Health First Aid (youth and adult) training as well as other knowledge based programs will be offered to the community.
- Provide specialized training on research methods and protocols in behavioral/mental health when working with African Americans and other underserved populations.
- Provide support and training in the development of undergraduate and graduate student researchers.
- Establish culturally sensitive intervention protocols that can be tested and used in the community.
The Director, Dr. Jackie Robinson, is responsible for the overall operations of the center. The Director is responsible for leadership and supervision of all faculty, staff, students and volunteers affiliated with the center. The Director identifies funding sources in order to meet and expand on goals and initiatives established by the center.
The Assistant Director, Dr. Huijun Li, is responsible for identifying funding sources, and implementing research and training plans as directed by the Director. The Assistant Director also participates in supervision and training of students and volunteers. The Assistant Director reports to the Director.
Advisory Committee, The advisory committee serves upon the recommendation of the Director and will provide guidance and support in fund raising, and programming. They are expected to contribute to the establishment and progression of the center based on their particular strengths and skill sets.