In this episode of the Cohort Sistas Podcast we speak with Dr. Ijeoma Opara all about her research, the importance of mentors and why there’s nothing wrong with taking a non-linear path to earning a doctorate. Dr. Opara received her PhD in Family Science and Human Development from Montclair State University. She is the founder of The SASH Lab, namely The Substance Abuse and Sexual Health Lab. She currently works as an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at SUNY Stony Brook. This summer she will be transitioning to Yale School of Public Health, where she will serve as an assistant professor of Racism and Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
In our conversation Dr. Opara openly reflects on how her Nigerian heritage, the death of her parents as well as her school and upbringing impacted her academic journey. She further expands on how research for her dissertation led her to revelations on the impact of positive self-identity and positive group identity, and how this can serve as a protective barrier to risky behavior. Listeners can expect tips and insights for black women who are interested in being successful in the academic job market. She also shares how she balances the many facets of her work and why having a reliable team is crucial. Tune in today for a deep dive into this extraordinary figure and plenty of practical advice!
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