Apr 11, 2021
Dr. Ronnesia Gaskins is a licensed medical psychologist with 18 years of combined clinical and research experience, assessing treating and designing and implementing research for adults, children, adolescents and families. We discussed vaccinations in the black and other minoritized communities. There has been a lot of discussion about hesitancy in the black community, but her point is that it is more of an access issue than a hesitancy issue. We discuss some ways in which we could use existing infrastructure of improve access. We also then discuss how to address hesitancy when discussing with your patients, and not surprisingly, consistent with what we’ve discussed in past episodes, it is about treating the patient as an individual with respect and empathy. More surprisingly – we should admit we have an agenda!
She received her Doctorate in Medical (Clinical) Psychology (PhD) and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in behavioral medicine and Postdoctoral Fellowship in developmental pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Dr. Gaskins has worked full time for the past ~7 years in private practice working with diverse adults, children and families. She works specifically with patients presenting with concerns around identity and equity, anxiety, depression, health behavior, parenting and stress management, including coping with racism, sexism, and stigma. She previously was an NIH funded principal investigator and academic faculty member prior to transitioning into private practice. Her research focused on understanding and developing individual and socioecological treatments for healthy lifestyle behaviors, including among marginalized and minoritized populations. She was the recipient of a faculty Fulbright Teaching Fellow (Lund University, Sweden); and a National Academy of Sciences, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, among other awards and honors. Like many clinicians, Dr. Gaskins has navigated the impacts and the nuances of the current pandemic including vaccination with her diverse patient population.
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