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Webinar: Faith, Disability, Mental Health, and Research: Engaging Black People of African Descent in the Dialogue

Date Published: February 24, 2022

In this recorded webinar, Mirian E. Ofonedu, Ph.D., LCSW-C, discusses the role that faith-based communities play in addressing the challenges experienced by Black people of African descent with autism, mental illness, and other disabilities. She discusses strategies for addressing barriers to diagnosis and treatment services access and the distrust of medical research created by the historical events.


Who is Mirian Ofonedu?

Mirian Ofonedu, Ph.D., LCSW-C, is the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is psychologist and licensed clinical social worker, with a specialization in service to children, youth, and families. Dr. Ofonedu is a Master Trainer for the American Psychological Association’s Act Raising Safe Kids Parenting Program. She holds an Associate Faculty position at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health and at the University of Maryland Baltimore Graduate School and is an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she teaches research, clinical and macro graduate-level courses. Dr. Ofonedu has a deep commitment to the mental health and treatment engagement of Black youth and families.

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