Dr. Thelemaque’s research interests have focused on the mental health impacts of racial discrimination within Black American populations.
Her master’s research focused on gender role conformity’s impact on race-based trauma in Black folks. Her dissertation focused on how racial and ethnic discrimination interacts with traumatic events to impact mental health in Black populations. She has also published research on the impact of colorism.
Dr. Thelemaque teaches about the mental health needs of people at the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
She has also instructed on how to combat vicarious trauma in therapists, addressing unconscious bias, and minimizing race-based traumatic stress symptoms in clients.
She remains committed to teaching others about the ways disenfranchised populations are affected by larger social issues to create a more equitable world.
Dr. Thelemaque co-created a manual for conducting race-based traumatic stress group interventions, which she presented on at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
She has also developed group curriculums focused on using art therapy and collective empowerment to invoke healing in women with serious mental illness and Veterans of color.
She’s also developed CBT-based anger management interventions for at-risk adolescent high school students of African descent
Dr. Thelemaque has administrative, integrated team management, fundraising, and program development skills. For example, she was a Co-Director of a free primary care clinic serving uninsured folks.
She was trained under the guidance of the Chief of Mental Health at the San Francisco VA Healthcare System, which allowed her to meet regularly with the Chief of Staff and advocate for the needs of the medical facility.
She has also developed several Diversity Committees from the ground-up.
Dr. Thelemaque works collaboratively with clients to ensure that she understands the goals of the presentation, size of the group, and participants’ familiarity with the topic so that she can best engage the audience.
Email directly at DrTThelemaque@gmail.com