Dr. Leeja Carter will be the 2017 keynote presenter at Temple University’s Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology conference. Join her as she discusses feminist applied sport psychology and how applied sport psychology should use an intersectional approach to empower the individual to movement, health, and performance enhancement.
Here’s More Information About Her Keynote Presentation
Title: “And Life For Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair”: Contextualizing ‘Strength’ Amongst Black Women and Its Influence on Healthy Behaviors
African American women are at an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses, having reduced life expectancy, and poor health (Centers for Disease Control, 2013). Applied sport psychological approaches that integrate feminist and culturally sensitive approaches to health behavior change can be effective in assisting African American women in engaging their personal health, particularly physical health. Feminist applied sport psychology, then, can seek to address the intersecting identities of self to empower the individual to movement, health, and performance enhancement. An example of this approach is the speaker’s research interrogating the role being a ‘strong’ Black woman contends with being ‘healthy’. Considering the intersectionality of race, gender, spirituality, and class on being strong amongst Black women, the presenter will discuss select findings from the speaker’s research and previous literature, barriers to physical activity engagement amongst African American women, recommendations for working with women, as well as the presenter’s own journey in developing this research and health focus.