Dana McCalla, PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University, is seeking key informants for a dissertation study examining mental health service use among black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean. The qualitative component of this study involves interviews with various professionals (key informants) located in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area who work directly with black immigrant populations; this includes social workers, faith leaders, immigration attorneys, non-profit leaders, mental health therapists, and clinic administrators. The interview questions will address informants' observations concerning black immigrants' wellness experiences, including engagement with mental health services and barriers to receiving care. Interviews will be virtual and will last between 30 and 45 minutes. This is independent student research conducted on behalf of Howard University. Participation is completely anonymous; any identifying information will be kept confidential.
Professionals who fit the above description and are interested in participating can fill out this brief (2-minute) screening questionnaire.
If you are a mental health or black immigration scholar in the DMV area who can offer helpful insight and/or if you have connections to potential informants please feel free to contact the Principal Student Investigator, Dana McCalla, via email at your earliest convenience (throughout November and December 2023).