Elishia Durrett-Johnson is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the State of Kentucky. She completed her M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Psychology at the University of Louisville. She returned to graduate school to complete a doctorate in Pan-African Studies, which she will receive in 2021.
Elishia is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
Elishia served for several years as research coordinator at the Center for Mental Health Disparities in the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the University of Louisville. Her research interests include: anxiety and other related disorders, minority inclusion and recruitment in psychological research, and African American mental health. She enjoys working with children with anxiety and teaching effective parenting strategies to parents.
Elishia has been active in her community and is an advocate for mental health reform, social justice and change. In the wake of the tragic Breonna Taylor shooting, she started Healing Emotional Abuse & Racial Trauma (HEART), a program of Begin to Talk, LLC, that operates as a mental health depot for community mental health resources, including therapy, case management and peer support for Black and minority community within the Louisville, KY area. HEART offers a Minority Assistance Program to subsidized the immediate mental health service needs of low-income clients. She has been offering counseling and support to first responders and others on the front lines. She is available for training and speaking engagements.
Williams, M. T., Chapman, L. K., Buckner, E., & Durrett, E. (2016). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In A. Breland-Noble, C. S. Al-Mateen, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth (pp. 63-77). Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-25501-9.
Chapman, L., Petrie, J., Vines, L., & Durrett, E. (2012). The co-occurrence of anxiety disorders in African American parents and their children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(1), 65-70. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.08.014
Durrett, E., Simms, J. V., Alvey, H., Chapman, L. K., & Williams, M. (2014, November). Methodology for Recruitment of African American Families for Anxiety Disorders Research: The Café Project. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
Buckner, E., Elstein, J., Durrett, E., & Williams, M. (2011, November). Symptom Dimensions in African Americans with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Poster presented for the 45th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, ON.
Youth Racial Stress and Trauma: Conceptual Framing and Applied Clinical and Community Based Strategies in Youth of Color. Train-the-Trainer Workshop.
WDRB News. (October 21, 2020). Recent data shows more people are seeking help for depression, anxiety during pandemic. WDRB.com
Torres, M. (July 2, 2020). How To Securely Document Racism You Experience At Work. Keeping track of who said what can be useful for legal action and for your own peace of mind. HuffPost.
Menderski, M. (July 12, 2020). 'You don't heal. You just deal': How Black therapists cope with racial trauma while helping a community. Louisville Courier Journal.
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