The PsychoHairapy Research Lab focuses on using hair as an entry point into mental health services. The current lab is based out of the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more information!

Please become a participant in the "Hair, Health, and Heritage Study"  by completing this survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HairHealthHeritage

 

PsychoHairapy Publications

Mbilishaka, A., Ray, M., Hall, J. & Wilson, I. (2019). ‘No toques mi pelo’ (don’t touch my hair): Decoding Afro-Cuban identity politics through hair. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. DOI: 10.1080/17528631.2019.1639298. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17528631.2019.1639298

Mbilishaka, A. (2019). Statement on Behalf of the Association of Black Psychologists on the Need for Hair Anti-Discrimination Laws. Psych Discourse. http://psychdiscourse.com/2013-08-20-02-30-17/version-53-2019/spring-2019-v53-1?view=article&id=736:featured-3&catid=331

Mangum, T., Mbilishaka, A. & Apugo, D. (2019). “Protective Syltes: Documenting and Disrupting Hair Bias Towards Black Girls in Schools. Psych Discourse. http://psychdiscourse.com/2013-08-20-02-30-17/version-53-2019/spring-2019-v53-1?view=article&id=735:featured-4&catid=331:issue-articles-v53-1

Davis, D. , Mbilishaka, A. & Templeton, T. (2019). From “About Me” to “About We”: Therapeutic Intentions of Black American Women’s Natural Hair Blogs. Journal of Social Media in Society, 8 (1), 105-123. http://thejsms.org/tsmri/index.php/TSMRI/article/view/499

Mbilishaka, A.M.& Lacey, A. (2019). Don’t Sweat Your Hair Out: The Frequency of Exercise for African American Women with Natural Hair. Journal of Exercise and Nutrition.Volume 2 (Issue 1): 4-11. https://www.journalofexerciseandnutrition.com/ManuscriptUploadsPDF/71.pdf

Neil, L. & Mbilishaka, A. (2019). “Hey Curlfriends!”: Hair Care and Self-Care Messaging on YouTube by Black Women Natural Hair Vloggers. Journal of Black Studies, 50 (2), 156-177.  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021934718819411

Mbilishaka, A.(2018). PsychoHairapy: Using Hair as an Entry Point into Black Women’s Spiritual and Mental Health. Meridians: Feminism, Race & Transnationalism. Vol. 16(2), 382-39. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/696151/pdf

 Mbilishaka, A.(2018). Strands of Intimacy: Black Women’s Narratives of Hair and Intimate Relationships with Men. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 5(1), 43-61. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/714328/summary

Mbilishaka, A.(2018). Black Lives (and Stories) Matter: Race Narrative Therapy in Black Hair Care Spaces. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 4(2), 22-33.  http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/cpgp/article/view/18710

Wilson, I., Mbilishaka, A., & Lewis, M.  (2018). “White folks ain’t got hair like us”: African American Mother-Daughter Hair Stories and Racial Socialization. Women, Gender, and Families of Color, 6(2), 226-248. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/715987

Mbilishaka, A.,Coffen, P. & Lacey, C. (2017). “Don’t harm a hair on their head”: Culturally Meaningful and Ethical Psychological Data Collection in Black Hair Care Spaces. Psych Discourse. https://psychdiscourse.com/2013-08-20-02-30-17/version-50-2017/fall-2017-v51-2?view=article&id=690:feature-2&catid=294

 Smith, T., Mbilishaka, A.& Kennedy, K. (2017). Press and Curl: An Examination of Ebony Magazine Covers to Understand the Cultural-Historical Trends of Black Women’s Hair. Media Psychology Review. 11(1). http://mprcenter.org/review/press-and-curl-an-examination-of-ebony-magazine-covers-to-understand-the-cultural-historical-trends-of-black-womens-hair/