Kevin Chapman ’00 to establish mental health center
A proposal by Kevin Chapman ’00 will lead to the establishment of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville. The program, approved by U of L’s Board of Trustees, will operate under the department of psychological and brain sciences.
The center will develop and support research projects, training, community outreach and service to address mental health disparities and increase resiliency among historically under-served families in the community, especially ethnic and cultural minorities and those of low socioeconomic status from distressed neighborhoods.
Chapman will be the director of the CMHD. He is considered an expert in the area of anxiety and related disorders, particularly in ethnic minority populations.
He has several publications pertaining to anxiety disorders in African American adults and children, is a blogger for Psychology Today, a contributor to blackmentalhealthnet.com and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.
Chapman, who went on to earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. after graduating from Centre with a degree in psychology, was also a standout athlete.
“I learned very strong conceptual abilities and diligence from the psychology department, the faculty at Centre as a whole, and from football Coach [Andy] Frye and then head track coach/assistant football coach Terry Yeast. Centre provided me with a truly phenomenal educational experience.”