Redefining stereotypes by showcasing positive Black and Ethnic Minorities contributions, and empowering and inspiring the next generation.
EDITION THIRTEEN 2020
I am… a creative, wise and generous person who always wants to improve. I am passionate about helping people.
Who are you?
I am a third-generation Jamaican. My parents and I were born in the UK but all of my grandparents were born in Jamaica. I am a creative, wise and generous person who always wants to improve. I am passionate about helping people. I am faith-filled and dependable person. My personal motto is to leave a place better than how I found it.
What is your present role?
I work as a child psychologist working in clinical and educational contexts within the Middle East. I specialise in assessment and intervention of children and young people with a range of neurodevelopmental, mental health and learning difficulties.
I am the regional lead for psychology in the capital of the United Arab Emirates working to provide psychological solutions to various educational, community and family difficulties.
Tell us about your life journey so far. What has brought you to your current role?
My mum had me when she was 16 and married my dad three years later. I was raised in Brixton, London and attended several local schools. I received a music scholarship to attend a prestigious secondary school in south London. I did very well in my GCSEs and A-levels and received a bursary to attend a leading university for my undergraduate degree.
Thereafter I applied for two different programs that paid for my postgraduate degrees. Prior to working as a psychologist, I taught as a mathematics teacher in a challenging urban secondary school.
I completed many voluntary work placements and research projects on my way to my current position.
In your field of work, what has been your observation and/or experience of white privilege, discrimination and prejudices?
In my profession, there is a strong awareness of these issues due to the historical roots of discriminative IQ testing and its devastating impact on black and other non-white Americans.
What song, quote, statement or image do you find most encouraging?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) .
How are you redefining a stereotype?
A young Black British Caribbean Psychologist.
What advice or top tip would you give to the next generation of BAME individuals? (no more than 100 words)
Volunteer – get experience in your field of interest. Do as much as you can with the time and resources available to you.
Honour others – there is enough shine to go around. If someone you know is doing well celebrate them, listen to them and take what you learn into your ventures.