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Assistant Professor
204D McAlester Hall
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Research Interests

Dr. Donte Bernard’s program of research examines the direct and indirect pathways by which racism compromises the mental and behavioral health and well-being of Black children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Anchored by cultural ecological models recognizing the importance of risk and resilience at the individual and contextual level, his research leverages both quantitative and qualitative methods to identify how Black youth identify, cope with, and navigate racism-related experiences across sensitive developmental periods. Ultimately, the goal of his research is to eliminate racial disparities in mental and behavioral health through informing policy and intervention development targeting the reduction of racism and its related health consequences.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Black youth and family mental health
  • Racism-related stress and trauma
  • Racialization of impostor phenomenon
  • Racial-ethnic protective factors (racial identity, racial socialization)
  • Racism-related coping mechanisms

Dr. Donte Bernard is a licensed clinical psychologists and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a child and family emphasis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed an APA accredited internship at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development. Following his doctoral training, Dr. Bernard completed a NIMH-funded T-32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, specializing in traumatic stress, at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Selected Publications