Internalized oppression describes the psychological burden members of marginalized groups feel after a history of suffering discrimination and injustice. Dr. E.J.R. David, PhD,  editor of  Internalized Oppression The Psychology of Marginalized Groups, discusses his experience with internalized oppression and community programs that help people dealing with internalized oppression.


My Experience with Internalized Oppression


Internalized Oppression and Marginalized Groups


Clinical and Community Programs Addressing Internalized Oppression


About Internalized Oppression

The book describes the implications and unique manifestations of internalized oppression among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska natives, women, people with disabilities, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. For each group, the text considers its demographic profile, history of oppression, contemporary oppression, common manifestations and mental and behavioral health implications, clinical and community programs, and future directions. Chapters are written by leading and emerging scholars, who share their personal experiences to provide a real-world point of view. Additionally, each chapter is coauthored by a member of a particular community group, who helps to bring academic concepts to life.


About the Author

E. J. R. David, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Joint Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology that has a Cultural and Indigenous Psychology emphasis. He is also Director of the Alaska Native Community Advancement in Psychology Program. His research on the psychological effects of internalized oppression as experienced by different ethnic and cultural groups started while he was in graduate school, and led the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 to give him the Distinguished Doctoral Student Research Award. In 2012, Dr. David was honored by the APA Minority Fellowship Program with the Early Career Award in Research for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology. In 2013, he was also chosen to receive the Asian American Psychological Association Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research. Dr. David is also the author of Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology.