Current title/affiliation/professional role(s):
School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University
When did you join Division 51? What made you interested in joining?
My entry into the division came at a time when I was attempting to better understand diverse masculinities in general and grappling with the systemic implications of my personal socialization. In other words, I joined the division in order to understand myself better. I also joined because I wanted to link with other men and women committed to confronting male privilege and eradicating gender based oppression. Lastly, I joined to add another voice to the experiences of men of color and other male groups who have historically been marginalized.
What do you find most valuable about being a member of the division?
The intimate nature of the division has enabled me to meet and forge relationships with other members of division 51. I have been blessed to interact with brilliant and personable scholars, and practitioners dedicated to promoting awareness on issues related to masculinities. It has been largely through connecting with like minded members that my understanding of what it means to be a male/man has been enhanced and my desire to positively impact the lives of other men has been solidified.
I have also found the journal articles published by PMM as critical to my professional/personal development. Furthermore there have been several occasions where I have used the literature published in PMM to directly inform my approach to teaching and practice. Personally, as an African American male currently living and working within Australia, reading the articles is one way which I stay connected with contemporary issues affecting men within the U.S. and across the globe.
Finally, it is my personal belief that connection is among the most essential ingredients of healthy living. Since joining division 51 I have felt a strong sense of connection to the members within the division, the scholastic ideas promoted by the journal and conference presentations and the administrative decisions implemented by the division’s leadership. As a result, I am proud to state that Division 51 is my home.
What are your clinical, teaching, research, or other applied interests relating to the psychology of men and masculinity?
My research and clinical interest are a combination of exploring the ways in which men are socialized and confronting those aspects of male socialization harmful to both men and women. As a result I am interested in the clinical implications of male socialization, understanding the unique socialization experiences of men of color and confronting the ways in which these individuals internalize and perpetuate male privilege. My interests also include culturally sensitive approaches to counselling men of color. In addition, I am interested in the socialization of male sexualities as well as innovative clinical approaches to the treatment of male sexual dysfunction. Finally, as a clinician I have facilitated group counselling with men of color, sex therapy groups for men and groups for male batterers.
Is there any other question you would like to be asked, or information you would like to share, that is relevant to the division?
I would like to make a comment about the role of mentorship in my professional development. I am increasingly recognizing how important mentorship and guidance has been on my achievements. I am grateful to those members of division 51 who have been receptive to providing me with feedback and direction over the years. I am particularly grateful to men of color such as Joe White, Thomas Parham, Miguel Gallardo, Michael Mobley, Bill Parham, Jim Dobbins and countless others who encouraged me to embrace my personal and professional strengths. There is a severe shortage of Psychologists of color generally and male psychologists of color in particular. One method of addressing this injustice is through reaching out and offering mentorship to males within higher education. Personally speaking, the mentorship I received (and continue to receive) has been instrumental in my accomplishments. I also feel indebted members such as Aaron Rochlen, Jay Wade, Andrew Smiler, and Wizdom Powell Hammond who provided mentorship through their scholastic contributions.