Vickie M. Mays, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health
Director, UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities
Dr. Mays is a Professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Letters and Sciences, as well as a Professor in the Department of Health Services. Professor Mays is also the Director of the UCLA Center on Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities. She teaches courses on health status and health behaviors of racial and ethnic minority groups, research ethics in biomedical and behavioral research in racial/ethnic minority populations, research methods in minority research, as well as courses on social determinants of mental disorders and psychopathology. Professor Mays' research primarily focuses on the mental and physical health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations.
Dr. Mays has a long history of research and policy development in the area of contextual factors that surrounding HIV/AIDS in racial and ethnic minorities. Other areas of research include looking at the role of perceived and actual discrimination on mental and physical health outcomes, particularly as these factors impact downstream disease outcomes. Her mental health research examines availability, access and quality of mental health services for racial, ethnic and sexual minorities.
Dr. Mays developed and coordinated the New Orleans Mental Health Education and Training project after Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of this project was to 1) increase the capacity of mental health service providers and 2) train religious leaders from all denominations to recognize serious emotional distress and utilize local referrals. We will also conduct a workshop offering parents, teachers, and caretakers tips and helpful information to maximize the learning of children--many of whom are returning to school for the first time in a year.