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Evan Auguste

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

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About Evan

Evan focuses on addressing the mental health consequences of structural anti-Blackness through the lens of Black liberation psychology. Currently, his research involves community participatory, qualitative, and quantitative methods to examine the effects of disparate exposure to justice-contact and community violence for Black adolescents and state-induced migratory traumas for Haitian people. He also focuses on developing and piloting anti-carceral and community-based health interventions, such as the Association of Black Psychologists’ Sawubona Healing Circles to promote healing from an African-centered framework. His advocacy involves connecting with local, national, and international coalitions to promote policy and community change

In the News

Opinion: "To Save Haitian Lives, Global Health Leaders Call for Solidarity," Evan Auguste (with Judite Blanc, Ernest J. Barthélemy, Dorothy Gaspard-St.Cyr, and Guerda Nicolas), Nacla, December 21, 2021.
Opinion: "Why the APA’s Apology for Promoting White Supremacy Falls Short," Evan Auguste, Think, November 21, 2021.
Opinion: "The Chauvin Trial and Healing, Resistance and Resilience in the Diaspora," Evan Auguste, Haitian Times, April 21, 2021.
Opinion: "We’ve Been Breaking: Attending to Racial Trauma During Resistance," Evan Auguste, Latino Rebels, June 9, 2020.
Opinion: "Haitian Lessons in Liberation: The Legacies of Louis Mars and Foreign Aid," Evan Auguste, Latino Rebels, December 27, 2019.
Opinion: "Why Do We Fear Vodou?," Evan Auguste (with Tiffany Yip), Psychology Today, November 2, 2018.


"The Structured Trauma-Related Experiences and Symptoms Screener (STRESS): Assessing Factor Structure and Clinical Utility in a Juvenile Justice Sample." (with Emily C. Weinberger, Keith R. Cruise, and John K. Samuels). American Psychological Association (2022).

Explores the psychometric properties, factor structure, and construct validity of a trauma screen, the Structured Trauma-Related Experiences and Symptoms Screener (STRESS), in a detained adolescent sample support the STRESS as a reliable and valid trauma screen for use with detained adolescents. Suggests that both STRESS total symptom and criterion symptom count scores have clinical utility for intake-level mental health decisions in juvenile detention settings.

"Psychology's Contributions to Anti-Blackness in the United States within Psychological Research, Criminal Justice, and Mental Health" (with Molly Bowdring, Chardee A. Galán, Steven William Kasparek, Jeanne McPhee, Alexandra Tabachnick, and Irene Tung). PsyArXiv Preprints (2022).

Draws from existing theory and empirical evidence to demonstrate historical and contemporary examples of psychology’s oppression of Black people through research and clinical practices and consider how this history directly contradicts the American Psychological Association (APA)’s ethics code.

"Seeing One Another: The Creation of the Sawubona Healing Circles" (with Tania Lodge, Jana Robina Onwong'a, Ashley Zollicoffer, Dana Collins, Laneay London, and Theopia Jackson). Europe PMC (2022).

Outlines the theory, development, implementation, and initial evaluation of the SHC intervention.

"An Intersectional-Contextual Approach to Racial Trauma Exposure Risk and Coping Among Black Youth" (with Chardee A. Galán and Jocelyn I. Meza). Journal of Research on Adolescence 32, no. 2 (2022): 583-595.

Explores that Black youth experience racial discrimination at higher rates than other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Identifies how racism can simultaneously serve as a risk factor for adverse childhood experience (ACE) exposure, a discrete type of ACE, and a post-ACE mental health risk factor among Black youth. Extends the model by incorporating an intersectional and ecodevelopmental lens that elucidates how gendered racism framed by historical trauma, as well as gender-based socialization experiences, may have implications for negative mental health outcomes among Black youth.

"The Effects of Microaggressions on Depression in Young Adults of Color: Investigating the Impact of Traumatic Event Exposures and Trauma Reactions" (with Keith R. Cruz and Maria C. Jimenez). Journal of Traumatic Stress 34, no. 5 (2021): 985-994.

Examines the extent to which microaggressions contribute to mental health difficulties, namely trauma reactions and depression, after controlling for other traumatic event exposures. Suggests that microaggressions are a clinically relevant factor in understanding mental health problems reported by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the United States and warrant analysis, assessment, and intervention through a trauma lens.

"Towards an Eternity: Celebrating The Association of Black Psychologists’ 50th Anniversary " (with Brittany M. Griffin). Psychology from the Margins 2, no. 2 (2020).

Highlights the formation, work, and legacy of the American Psychological Association. Discusses how ABPsi is an organization essentially designed to help remedy the effects of racism and oppression on Black communities in America and throughout the diaspora.

"Vodou’s Role in Haitian Mental Health" (with A. Rasmussen). Global Mental Health 6 (2019).

States the relationship of Vodou to the mental health and identity of Haitian people is a nuanced one. Shows how Haitian people have shown themselves to be willing to try multiple pathways to health care when there is access. 

"Poly-Victimization and Justice-Involved Adolescents: What We Know," (with Maria Jimenez, Zoe Feingold, and Keith R. Cruise), 2018 Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, March 8, 2018.

Assesses the effectiveness of the MAYSI-2, a popular screening tool for mental health, on assessing poly-victimization (multiple types of trauma exposures) on justice-involved adolescents. Finds that the screen was an effective screening tool for poly-victimization in this population.

"Differences in Short and Long Sleep Durations between Blacks and Whites Attributed to Emotional Distress: Analysis of the National Health Interview Survey in the United States" (with Azizi A. Seixas, Emmanuella Auguste, Mark Butler, Caryl James, Valerie Newsome, Vilma Aparecida da Silva Fonseca, Andres Schneeberger, Ferdinand Zizi, and Girardin Jean-Louis). Sleep Health 3, no. 1 (2017): 28-34.

Discusses how individuals of the black race/ethnicity or those reporting greater levels of emotional distress are more likely to report short or long sleep duration. Suggests that emotional distress might partially explain racial/ethnic differences in unhealthy sleep duration between blacks and whites.

"Depression, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Psychosocial Health" (with Shazia Jehan, Seithikurippu Pandi-Perumal, Jolaade Kalinowski, Alyson K. Myers, Ferdinand Zizi, Madhu G. Rajanna, Girardin Jean-Louis, and Samy I. McFarlane). Sleep Medicine and Disorders: International Journal 1, no. 3 (2017).

Shows that depression and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are major associated comorbidities. Suggests that the quality of an individual's health can be improved by the early detection of the symptoms of overlapping OSA and depression.