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dc.contributor.advisorWalsh, Greg
dc.contributor.authorIyamah, Jacquelyn
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Baltimore. School of Information Arts and Technologiesen_US
dc.contributor.programUniversity of Baltimore. Master of Science in Interaction Design and Information Architectureen_US
dc.descriptionM.S. -- University of Baltimore, 2020
dc.descriptionThesis submitted to the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Baltimore in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Interaction Design and Information Architecture
dc.description.abstractBeing a person of color comes with a set of unique challenges. Society often discusses racism, but rarely does this discussion delve into the psychological effects of racism on communities of color. In truth, racism can induce illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and race-based stress, which is akin to post-traumatic stress disorder. Further exacerbating the situation is that there are several barriers that prevent people of color from seeking out mental healthcare treatment. From access to mental healthcare, to distrust in the system, to stigma, to a lack of culturally competent providers; people of color often find themselves with few options to treat their symptoms. This thesis examines reputable journals and articles that delve into this phenomenon. It also points to a solution: designing a digital application that connects Black, Indigenous, and people of color to therapists of color who can also address race-based stress if need be.en_US
dc.format.extent67 leavesen_US
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dc.subjectRace-based stressen_US
dc.subjectRacial Traumaen_US
dc.subjectMental Healthcareen_US
dc.subjectOnline Therapyen_US
dc.subjectPeople of Coloren_US
dc.titleDesigning a Platform that Connects People of Color to Therapists of Coloren_US

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