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Healing Racial Trauma

Candice Hargons, Ph.D., and the RISE^2 Research Team are investigating the psychophysiological effect of racism on Black students and determining whether meditation can reduce the effect. In a mixed method experimental pilot study, they use biofeedback to observe participants’ heart rate and heart rate variability during the experiment. Then, they interview participants following the experiment to glean qualitative impressions of the meditation and any racial trauma they’ve experienced. The RISE^2 Research Team members include Natalie Malone, who is serving as the student lead on the project, Carolyn Meiller, Jennifer Stuck, Jardin Dogan, Chesmore Montique, and Joseph Oluokun. The students will present their findings at the 2019 American Psychological Association Convention in August.