Dissertation Research

You are invited to participate in my dissertation research study entitled Understanding the Life Experiences, Relationships, and Beliefs of White Therapists to Influence Treatment with Black Women: A Narrative Study. The study has been approved by the University of the Cumberland’s Institutional Review Board.


This study aims to understand how the indirect and direct social learning experiences of non-Hispanic White therapists influence their therapeutic work with Black cisgender women.  It also seeks to understand the specific practices of the therapist to further their cultural humility and to enhance their work with Black cisgender women.


Potential participants will

  • be Non-Hispanic White (not biracial),

  • born in the United States,

  • be a practicing counselor who provides clinical mental health services in the U.S.,

  • have a minimum of five years of post-graduate clinical experience,

  • have past or current work experience with Black cis women, and

  • licensure (i.e., LPC, LCPC, LPCC, LMHC).


Data collection will involve two virtual interviews for approximately 60-90 minutes each and a follow-up virtual interview, which will take about 30-60 minutes.  The first two interviews are to be recorded for transcription purposes.


If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact the principal investigator, Katrina Pinkney at kpinkney10835@ucumberlands.edu, or you can contact my dissertation chair, Dr. Matthew Lyons at matthew.lyons@ucumberlands.edu.  If you know of anyone who may be interested and eligible for participation, feel free to share the study information.


Thank you for considering this study.




Katrina E. Pinkney, LPC, NCC, CCMHC

Doctoral Candidate

University of the Cumberlands




Dr. Matthew Lyons, PhD

University of the Cumberlands, Department of Counseling



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