Things my father taught me: Tales of power and possibility of community from the Caribbean diaspora Dr. Rochelle Burgess PhD, FRSPH, FYEA

Join us for our May Guest Space, hosted by Rochelle Burgess.

Summary: In this talk, Rochelle Burgess will reflect on her personal and professional experiences and engagement with notions of community.  As a community psychologist, her training has focused on the importance of the community as a site and locus for action and social change, particularly within the context of Mental Health improvements. However, it is in her recent engagements and reflections on life in the Caribbean diaspora community and its links to African lineages, that she began to acknowledge the specific opportunities and possibilities that Black praxis and survival have to teach us about the overlooked possibilities of community. Projects of survival (and attempts to thrive) illuminate the ability of a community to re-create place, space, and home as part of making sense of and surviving within harmful social worlds. Using stories from her childhood and her early encounters with Pardna systems (community savings groups with iterations across the African continent) and the community built by first-generation immigrants to Canada as a prism through which the real power of community emerges – in the establishment and preservation of the self, through others.

Bio: Rochelle is an Associate Professor in Global Health and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. She is the founder and Director of UCL’s Global Network on Mental Health and Child Marriage.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, and a member of the ESRC peer review college, UK Trauma Council, among other affiliations. As a community health psychologist, Rochelle is interested in the promotion of community-led approaches to health globally, and views communities as a route to understanding and responding to the political economy of poor health, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of broader development issues such as poverty, gender, racialised oppression. For the past decade, she has focused largely on mental wellbeing and the experience of common mental disorders in contexts of adversity and is a leading voice in the emerging field of social interventions in Global Mental Health. She has led a range of projects that focus on the development of community mental health interventions (in South Africa, Colombia, the UK and Zimbabwe) and has contributed her methodological and mental health expertise to projects on community-led responses to other health challenges, such as child health in Nigeria, multi-morbidity, and developing patient-centred outcomes for TB.

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May 17 2022


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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