Mental Health & Media

Updated: May 15

Mental Health & Media

Written by Cache Castelow and Kaelyn Timmins

Dr. Akilah Reynolds is a Los Angeles-based psychologist both at an academic psychiatric hospital and at “The Black Girl Doctor,” a private practice offering virtual therapy and corporate wellness. Dr. Reynolds earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston, where she conducted research on the intersection of media and psychology, particularly as it relates to black women and girls. Currently, her research is about the psychological implications of the “strong black woman” identity. She co-founded the SBW Wellness Collaborative, a research-based wellness organization that encourages healthy definitions of strength and self-care. During the month of May, which is recognized as Mental Health Awareness month, we got to sit down with Dr. Reynolds to chat about mental health and media.