Dr. Edith Langford, PhD

Edith Langford is a psychotherapist with four decades of experience. After a lifetime of experiencing ongoing medical mistreatment, she is working on a memoir about mental health and trauma related issues in our society.

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Psychotherapist, Writer, Advocate

From a newborn mysteriously infected with osteomyelitis, to the shocking neglect of doctors after a shooting which took one of her kidneys, appendix, and part of her large intestines at the age of 9, to waking up on a gynecological operating table as a young woman, to the current saga of fixing shoddy dental surgery, Edith Langford has experienced the full spectrum of trauma inducing experiences.

The writer, a Black woman, has her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Research, Statistics and Evaluation. She brings her academic background as an ethnographic researcher to her own personal memoir, as well as the larger story of Black women’s experiences with mental health in America. In this book, which narrates the undocumented and often misdiagnosed mental health issues of Blacks in America, the writer brings together stories with a clarion call for truth and reconciliation—with resource recommendations included.

She has responded to individual and mass traumas such as the Gilpin Court Massacre and to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

She serves as program director for Brooklyn Art Incubator, a non-profit focused on utilizing the arts to help at-risk youth. She has taught at St. John’s University in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as well as the College of New Rochelle, Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Langford has also designed and evaluated national crime and drug prevention programs for the Department of Justice. She is also licensed as a professional counselor and addictions specialist in Alabama and New York. Born in Chicago to a family of the Great Migration from Alabama, Dr. Langford was raised in Cleveland and New York City. She is a wife, mother and grandmother, and lives in Brooklyn, NY and on the Gulf Coast of Alabama with her husband.

"I search and then I research."

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, LMHC)
Writer, Ethnographic Researcher & Clinician
Addiction Specialist (CASAC-G, ADC)

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Edith is available for media interviews and as a source for journalists working on stories about mental health, and related issues.

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Can average Americans fix a deeply broken system?

Our systems of justice, education, politics, health care - including mental health, and many others are systematically killing Americans of color. These systems were simply not designed—and currently do not function—to support the existence of Black and Brown people as human beings.

More Americans are waking up to these facts and feel a compelling urge to relieve the pain brought on by their recent awareness of systemic mental health injustices.

This is at the heart of Dr. Langford's new book. Presented through often unsettling vignettes that put real names and faces to micro and macro trauma inducing situations and social analysis and recommendations applied to each vignette. This book helps to make those who are traumatize feel visible while also providing answers for those wishing to create true change from their living rooms and hometowns. Ultimately, readers will see that there is hope for a promising mental health future.

Get info on the latest posts and news about the upcoming book.

Understanding Mental Health Bias and the Impact on Our Physical Health

The days of using "holistic practices" and still separating mental health are in the past. We need to think of mental health as part of our overall health.

We are concerned about the constant use of federal funds to support this most notorious expression of segregation. Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

The issue of racism in health care is widely known in America. People of color experience significant health disparities in the United States. In fact, these health inequities have persisted for centuries, and they are only getting worse. This is due to the pervasive reach of systemic racism on Black communities and other communities of color. Healthcare organizations must act now to address these root causes and mitigate the negative impacts of racism in achieving mental health equity.

Here are a few resources that provide more detail about the crisis we face as a country.

Bias in Healthcare

Medical experts want to treat everyone equally, but implicit bias can shape their treatment recommendations. Learn how doctors can subvert their bias to make medical treatment equitable.

Jelan Agnew, LCSW — Black Folk Mental Health: Generational Trauma, Traditions & Truth

Jelan Agnew, LCSW is a psychotherapist, professor, facilitator and public speaker, with 16 years in the mental health field. She is the founder of Nalej of Self, LLC, a private practice dedicated to addressing Black generational trauma, identifying cycles/patterns and creating new ways of being through healing Mind, Body, Spirit.

Dr. Curtis Jasper, PhD, MEd

Dr. Curtis Jasper talks about the current state of The Mental Health industry and how it does not address, support, or sustain the current state of Black Mental Health— specifically Black Males and the struggles and challenges of receiving effective, culturally specific, accessible mental services from qualified mental health practitioners. Dr. Jasper addresses how these deficiencies sustain the prolonged struggle faced by Black Men regarding their unique-lived experiences filled with grief, trauma, injustice and abuse.

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD

Dr. Thema Bryant is currently a tenured professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she directs the Culture and Trauma Research Laboratory. Dr. Bryant-Davis shares pearls of wisdom from her deep knowledge of science, faith, and art in this interview from Mt Sinai Health System in New York.

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