Dr. Melanie Wilcox
Licensed Psychologist • Professor • Researcher • Speaker
> Intersectional racial justice and whiteness work
> Antiracism and trauma-informed care
Licensed Psychologist •
Professor • Researcher • Speaker
> Intersectional racial justice
and whiteness work
> Antiracism and trauma-
In academia, my research focuses on three pillars. The first is culturally and structurally responsive psychotherapy and psychotherapy training: What constitutes culturally and structurally responsive, and anti-oppressive, psychotherapy? How can we best train antiracist, anti-oppressive therapists? The second is racial and socioeconomic inequity in higher education, such as inequity in student loan debt and economic stressors and how such inequity impedes career access and vocational choices. The third is social justice, antiracism, and critical whiteness work; for example, theorizing about how to move toward social justice advocacy and action, how to better engage white people in antiracism work, and how whiteness operates against progress.
In my clinical practice I help clients gain insight into how past experiences and systems of oppression are influencing symptoms and struggles; how to improve relationships with self and others; work toward healing from trauma in all its forms. I also work with clients struggling with substance use and addiction to better understand their relationship with substances or other behaviors and, if desired, work toward sustainable recovery. I conduct both psychotherapy (individual and relationship) and psychological assessment from culturally responsive and trauma-informed perspectives.