Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and Gender Role: Understanding How Stereotypes Impact Women’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Zoom link for August 12.

ANDREA IGER DUARTE, LCSW, MPH.  Ms. Duarte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Public Health Professional who received her Masters Degrees from the University of Connecticut and has over 25 years of experience in substance abuse and suicide prevention, and mental health promotion. Ms. Duarte is a Behavioral Health Program Manager in the Prevention and Health Promotion Division of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of the Commissioner. She oversees federal and statewide initiatives and contracts, is the Suicide Prevention Director, and Employee Assistance Program Liaison. Ms. Duarte is a member of many statewide committees, a founding member of the CT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, has served as the Co-Chair of the CT Suicide Advisory Board since January 2012, and is the 2017 recipient of the CT Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest Award.

Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D.
Dr. Chapman is a licensed clinical psychologist working in a DMHAS community mental health center, River Valley Services, in the position of Quality Management Director and is in part time private practice. She received her doctorate from the University of Connecticut with a research interest in how gender role stereotypes influence the perception and treatment of women with substance abuse and mental health needs. She is also a member of the Board of the Connecticut Psychological Association, as Representative for Public Interest, and a member of the Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board. She provides training on suicide prevention in treatment and community settings across the state, and is involved in developing core competencies in suicide prevention for treatment providers. She believes that knowledge and openness about suicide, and the use of evidence based assessment and intervention, empowers us in ending suicide.

Chronic Stress, Trauma, and Perinatal Mental Health: Equity and Care Disparities for Marginalized Women

Link for August 19


Destiny Printz Pereira received a dual B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 2013 in Psychology and African-American Studies. Upon graduation, she worked for four years as a Project Manager at the Yale School of Medicine and Veterans Health Administration. Destiny is currently a 4th year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Connecticut. She is also a Health Policy Research Scholar with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Destiny’s research and clinical work aims to address disparities in chronic stress and trauma in marginalized populations, and the resulting mental and physical health impact across the lifetime. She is primarily interested in building coping and resilience in families of color, low-income, and mothers. Her current research focuses on perinatal disorders, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, racial discrimination, and chronic pain.

Strive to Win: The Long Struggle for Suffrage Revisited

Link for August 26

Brittney Yancy is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Goodwin University. Her research focuses on 20th century US social movements, urban radicalism, critical race theory, women’s activism, and black women’s political and intellectual history. Professor Yancy has published with Oxford University Press and Greenwood Press, and her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library Grant, Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, Social Science Research Council, the National Council of Black Studies, and the Connecticut Humanities. Her honors include being selected as one of the 100 Women of Color in Hartford, UConn Women of Color Award, and a host of awards from the National Council of Black Studies and the University of Connecticut. She belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Historians Association, National Council of Black Studies, and the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture.

Professor Yancy is an intersectional scholar-activist and committed to fighting for a gender-inclusive movement for racial justice. In 2018, she was appointed as the Greater Hartford Ambassador to the United State of Women, and recently chaired the state-wide summit on gender equity, Galvanize Connecticut. In 2019, Professor Yancy was appointed to the Board of Connecticut’s State Education Resource Center, and currently serves on Steering Committee for the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., entering 19 years of service, and a member of several community-based organizations in the Greater Hartford area. Professor Yancy holds a B.A. in History from Hampton University and an M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut. This year, Professor Yancy will complete her doctoral degree in 20th century US History from the University of Connecticut.

Upcoming Webinar Talks, titles to be confirmed

July 9, 7:00 pm Brittany Mancini, Suffrage and Feminist Jurisprudence: 100 Years of Women’s Activism

July 14, Tracey Sondik. Mindfulness and Self Care.

July 23, 7:00 pm Annie Murray, Every Mother Counts. 100 Years Later: The Impact on Maternal Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19 and Racism

July 29, 12:00 noon, Jennifer Lopez, Interval House. Domestic Violence and Victims’ Freedom of Choice

August 4, 10:00 am. Kamora Herrington, Kamora’s Cultural Corner, Cultural Humility: A Brave Space Workshop and Conversation:  Not Your Mothers Cultural Diversity Class

August 12, 4:00 pm. Kathleen Chapman/Andrea Duarte. Gender role stereotypes and suicide prevention for women

August 19, 11:00 am. Destiny Printz Pereira.  Chronic Stress, Trauma, and Perinatal Mental Health: Equity and Care Disparities for Marginalized Women

August 26, 12:00 noon. Prof. Brittney Yancy. Strive to Win: The Long Road to Suffrage Revisited.


Partner Organizations

Connecticut Psychological Association
American College of Nurse Midwives Connecticut
Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance
CT Legal Rights Project
CT Chapter of the National Organization of Women
Katal Center for Health Equity and Justice
Lilly Sin Barreras
Health Equity Solutions
National Abortion Rights Action League Connecticut Chapter
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Votes!
Trinity College Women and Gender Resource Action Center
Women’s March Connecticut