Words of Colour collaborates on Behind the Academic Veil

Words of Colour are founding collaborators with Anna-Theresa Jieman on Behind the Academic Veil, her new podcast, blog and digital project that will explore critical themes around research engagement, reciprocity, intersectional identities and power, to cultivate and champion anti-racism and collaboration.

Jieman, an ESRC LISS DTP and NIHR ARC North Thames PhD candidate in Psychology at the Queen Mary University of London, is interested in cultural, racial, and ethnic differences in lived experience of common mental disorders among Black women in the UK, and how they are considered in policy and practice development.

With a strong background in qualitative and quantitative systematic reviews, primary qualitative research, stakeholder engagement, and co-production of knowledge, she aims to centre the voices of racialised and minoritised students, community members and researchers by engaging in reflexive and reflective discussions on elements of mental health research involving anti-racism angles.

Behind the Academic Veil Founder Jieman said:

Words of Colour’s Executive Director Joy Francis said:

Words of Colour supported Jieman throughout the process – from conceptualising the project’s brand identity, content development and messaging through to producing the podcasts and building the website.

Anna’s PhD project is focused on experiences of depression among Black women in the UK. Through a qualitative evidence synthesis, a cross-sectional survey, focus groups and interviews, she explores whether beliefs and expectations related to identifying as Black and a woman shape the experience of depression and whether this intersection, in turn, influences treatment and outcomes. She has presented findings from her project at national and international conferences.

You can find out more about the project by visiting behindtheacademicveil.co.uk or following them on Twitter: @theacademicveil