Institute for Antiracism and Equity in Mental Health
Who We Are
The Institute for Antiracism and Equity in Mental Health is an organization founded by professionals from the fields of medicine, social work, psychology and counseling with expertise in the treatment of mental health, eating disorders, addictions and trauma through an antiracist and social justice lens.
Antiracist, equitable and unbiased mental health care requires a deep understanding of the impact of multiple layers of historical traumas, discrimination, and systemic barriers that people from ethnic minority groups and those in LGBTQ+ communities face on a daily basis. Repeated experiences of microaggressions, childhood adversity, discrimination and systemic oppression, and the well-documented confluence of stressors associated with marginalized status and intersectional identities puts people from these communities at particularly high risk for mental health issues. Despite this, many significant barriers still exist to receiving quality, culturally derived and appropriate mental health services. This has particular salience in the context of illnesses as complex and multifaceted as mental health issues, including trauma, eating disorders and addictions. and reflects a profound need for services that are anti-racist, inclusive and equitable.
Therefore the mission of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity in Mental Health is rooted in the following tenets:
It is self-evident that equal access to competent mental health care is a human right and a social justice issue.
It is understood that equal access for individuals from marginalized communities starts at the institutional level with an examination of the social determinants of inequity and of health.
It is a manifest truth that any efforts towards achieving Antiracism and Equity in Mental Health must be active, relentless, and ubiquitous.
It is necessary for physicians, mental health professionals, nurses, dietitians, researchers, other allied health professionals, administrators, and leaders within organizations to possess an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, and other manifestations of bigotry and discrimination.
It is only with a deep understanding of these issues that one can approach care for all peoples grounded in and emanating from cultural humility.
It is vital that healthcare professionals are able to apply such an understanding to the assessment and delivery of interventions and therapies as a fundamental aspect of overall clinical competence.
Education and Training
Cultural competency and humility through the lens of anti-racism
Recognizing and addressing biases and stereotypes
Multicultural concepts of treatment and wellness
Understanding intersectionality and identities
Survey of existing programming, curricula, procedures and policies
Development of antiracist and equity focused clinical programming
Clinical consultations and supervision
Assessment of diversity, inclusivity and equity in workplace culture
Survey of physical environment and facility, and promotional and marketing materials
Review of diversity, inclusivity, and equity practices in recruiting, hiring, and promoting
Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS
Dr Coker Ross is an author, speaker, and expert in using Integrative Medicine for the treatment of food and body image issues and addictions. She is the CEO of The Anchor Program™, a non-diet online (telemedicine) program for individuals with binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine and in Addiction Medicine and is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ross is the former head of the eating disorder program at Sierra Tucson and has served as a consultant to multiple treatment programs at all levels of care on the treatment of eating disorders and addictions. For the past 4 years, Dr. Ross has been an international speaker and consultant on issues of cultural competence, antiracism and diversity in mental health with a particular emphasis on the treatment of eating disorders in women of color. Dr. Ross also gave a TEDx Pleasant Grove talk on “Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January of 2020. She is the co-chair of the AAEDP-BIPOC (African American Eating Disorder Professionals – Black Indigenous People of Color) subcommittee of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp™). She is the author of 3 books on eating disorders, the most recent being “The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.” She is a contributing author to the recently released book: “Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide.” She is a co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity.
Charlynn Small, PhD, LCP, CEDS-S
Dr. Small is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Director for Health Promotion at the University of Richmond’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Virginia. She received her PhD from Howard University’s School of Education. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and advocates for the awareness of eating disorders affecting Black women, persons of color, and other underrepresented groups. Dr. Small is a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp™), a certified member and Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S) of iaedp™, the founding co-chair of the Foundation’s African-American Eating Disorders Professionals (AAEDP) Committee, and served on the advisory board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Dr. Small is the co-editor of Treating Black Women With Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide. She is a co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity.
Mazella Fuller, PhD, LCSW, CEDS
Dr. Fuller has an extensive background in dismantling systems of oppression, supervision, training and curriculum development. She is a Clinical Associate on the staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for Duke University. Dr. Fuller graduated from Smith College for Social Work in Northampton, MA and completed her clinical training at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She is an integrative health coach, a certified member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp™) and completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program through Duke Integrative Medicine/Duke University Medical Center. She is the co-editor of “Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician's Guide.” She is the founding Co-Chair of the African American Eating Disorders Professionals (AAEDP) Committee of iaedp and is a member of the Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Advisory Board. She is a co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity.
Norman H. Kim, PhD
Dr. Kim completed his B.A. at Yale and his Ph.D. in Psychology at UCLA. His research and clinical interests include the neurobiology and social development of people with autism, the developmental course of bipolar disorder, and the treatment of anxiety disorders. In conjunction Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, and his primary areas of research and clinical interests are the application of a transdiagnostic framework for eating disorders, taking an evolutionary approach to shame and anxiety, and minority mental health. He is a regular national and international speaker, educator, and passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness and legislation with a particular focus on minority status and barriers to mental health care in marginalized communities. He is the founding co-chair of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Committee of IAEDP, on the inaugural Behavioral Health Taskforce for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the co-chair of the Transcultural SIG for the Academy of Eating Disorders, serves on the Advisory Boards of Recovery Warriors, the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, Equip Behavioral Health, Spectrum CBT and Tikvah V’Chizuk, and served on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition and as an advisor to the Trevor Project. Norman was the co-founder of Reasons Eating Disorder Center, and is currently the Deputy Director of Ayana Therapy, a teletherapy app focused on providing culturally competent care to marginalized communities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity.