Yara Mekawi, PhD
YARA MEKAWI, PHD
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(b) What are the cognitive and affective factors that maintain racially prejudiced behavior and attitudes among individuals from racially privileged groups? and
(c) What are the most effective strategies to reduce racial prejudice and ameliorate its effects on the mental health of individuals from racially marginalized groups?
2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine
2019 PhD, Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology, Emory University School of Medicine
2014 MA, Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 BA, Applied Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Mekawi, Y., Carter, S., Packard, G., Wallace, S., Michopoulos, V., & Powers, A. (2021). When (passive) acceptance hurts: Race-based coping moderates the association between racial discrimination and mental health outcomes among Black Americans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001077
- Mekawi, Y., Carter, S., Brown, B., Martinez de Andino, A., Fani, N., Michopoulos, V., & Powers, A. (2021). Interpersonal trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder among Black Women: Does racial discrimination matter? Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 22(2), 154–169. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299732.2020.1869098
- Mekawi, Y., Hyatt, C. S., Maples-Keller, J., Carter, S., Michopoulos, V., & Powers, A. (2021). Racial discrimination predicts mental health outcomes beyond the role of personality traits in a community sample of African Americans. Clinical Psychological Science, 2167702620957318. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702620957318
- Mekawi, Y., Watson-Singleton, N. N., Kuzyk, E., Dixon, H. D., Carter, S., Bradley-Davino, B., Fani, N., Michopoulos, V., & Powers, A. (2020). Racial discrimination and posttraumatic stress: Examining emotion dysregulation as a mediator in an African American community sample. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1824398. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2020.1824398
- Mekawi, Y., & Todd, N. R. (2021). Focusing the lens to see more clearly: Overcoming definitional challenges and identifying new directions in racial microaggression research. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(5), 972–990. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691621995181
- Mekawi, Y., Todd, N. R., Yi, J., & Blevins, E. J. (2020). Distinguishing “I don’t see color” from “Racism is a thing of the past”: Psychological correlates of avoiding race and denying racism. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(3), 288–302. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000427
- Mekawi, Y., & Todd, N. R. (2018). Okay to say?: Initial validation of the Acceptability of Racial Microaggressions Scale. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000201
- Mekawi, Y., Bresin, K., & Hunter, C. D. (2017). Who is more likely to “not see race”? Individual differences in racial colorblindness. Race and Social Problems, 9(3), 207–217. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12552-017-9211-3
- Mekawi, Y., & Bresin, K. (2015). Is the evidence from racial bias shooting task studies a smoking gun? Results from a meta-analysis. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 61, 120–130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2015.08.002
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