Nafis Ricks is a clinical mental health counseling M.S. student. His research interest centers on the effect of how trauma plays a role in black men participating in sports and what is the psychological impact that may occur. His career goals include providing counseling and therapy services that combat stigma in the black community and providing a platform to increase the number of diverse clinicians in the psychology space.
“I believe the H.O.P.E. lab addresses an important topic that our communities are faced with daily. This lab will provide me with the training and methods to help me strategize how to engage with people and understand and respond to the problem of suicide. I am happy to be part of the team, and simultaneously learn new skills through the research and the data we are collecting/analyzing.”