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Homecoming: Overcome Fear and Trauma to Reclaim Your Whole, Authentic Self

Hosted by the Office of the Chaplain and the Center for Faith and Learning

Join Dr. Thema Bryant for a discussion on her book Homecoming: Overcome Fear and Trauma to Reclaim Your Whole, Authentic Self and why faculty and staff should understand fear and trauma as we serve students. A time of Q&A and book signing will take place.

Lunch will be provided and attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Bryant’s book.

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 11:30 AM

Where: Hahn Fireside Room



Dr. Thema Bryant is the president-elect of the American Psychological Association, the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology with more than 120,000 members (

Dr. Thema Bryant is a professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology where she directs the Culture and Trauma Research Laboratory. Her clinical and research interests center on interpersonal trauma and the societal trauma of oppression. She is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past APA representative to the United Nations. Dr. Thema also served on the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology and the Committee on Women in Psychology.

Having earned a master’s of divinity, Dr. Thema is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She directs the mental health ministry at First AME Church in South Los Angeles. Dr. Thema is the host of the Homecoming Podcast, a mental health podcast to facilitate your journey home to your authentic self.