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The Greenhouse Research Group is currently conducting two research projects (described below) that center the experiences of Multiracial-Black youth (e.g., those with 1 Black parent and 1 non-Black parent). We are intentionally focusing on Multiracial-Black individuals right now because (a) they are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S., (b) report the highest rates of mental illness (e.g., depression, suicidal ideation, substance use), and (c) have been nearly invisible in research and practice efforts thus far.

Project DREAMS
(Daily Racial Experiences among Multiracial Students)
Project CARE
(Conversations about Race and Emotion)

This project is using a novel daily diary design and the LifeData app to explore the positive and negative racial experiences of Multiracial-Black teenagers across 14 days. This project is supported by internal funds from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Social Work and Clark Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development.

This project is using a novel observational dyadic design to better understand how Multiracial-Black teenagers and their parents/guardians have discussions about race and racism. This project is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health’s Loan Repayment Program.

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