The Colonial Mentality Project The Psychological Study of Colonial Mentality or Internalized Oppression Among Filipino Americans and other Marginalized Groups By E.J.R. David, Ph.D.
About Dr. E.J.R. David:
Dr. David was born in the Philippines by Kapampangan parents, and grew up in Pasay, Las Pinas, Makati, and Barrow, Alaska. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage (2002), and Master of Arts (2004) and Doctoral (2007) Degrees in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. David is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with his primary duties being with the PhD Program in Clinical-Community Psychology that has a Rural, Cultural, and Indigenous Emphasis.
Although he conducts research on various concepts that are important to racial and ethnic minorities (e.g., acculturation, biculturalism, etc.), Dr. David's work is primarily focused on the psychological consequences of oppression and/or colonization among Filipinos, Alaska Natives, American Indians, and other historically oppressed groups. He has traveled to various cities and states as an invited workshop facilitator, speaker, and presenter on Ethnic Minority, Asian American, and Filipino American psychological issues since 2002. He has published theoretical and empirical works on Internalized Oppression or Colonial Mentality, including the critically-acclaimed and community-welcomed book Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology: Oppression, Colonial Mentality, and Decolonization (2011, AuthorHouse). He also has two forthcoming books - Brown Skin, White Minds: The Revised Version of Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology (with commentaries) (Information Age Publishing) and the much-anticipated Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups (Springer Publishing).
Dr. David was the 2007 recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45) Distinguished Student Research Award "for his significant contribution in psychological research related to ethnic minority populations." Most recently, due to the impact of his work in only five years since obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. David was honored by the American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) in 2012 with the Early Career Award in Research for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology, citing his "outstanding scientific contributions and the application of this knowledge toward the improved mental and physical well-being of people of color." Dr. David lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his mother, brother, wife, three children - Malakas (strong), Kalayaan (freedom), and Kaluguran (love) - and countless relatives and friends.
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