Celebrating Amazing Moms Speaking Truth to Power

Dr. Joy DeGruy and her daughter, Bahia Overton

Featuring this powerful duo mother daughter team:

Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. Dr. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator.  For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.  https://www.joydegruy.com

Dr. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies and evidence based model development. 

Dr. Joy DeGruy has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and authored her seminal book entitled “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.” She has also developed an assessment scale for measuring respect with regard to African American male youth

Bahia Overton, a mom as well, is an accomplished organizational leadership and human resource development professional, promoting equity, diversity and inclusion. Skilled in the areas of mental health, community justice, social work & research, and education for more than 16 years. Strategic, analytical thinker with extensive experience in group facilitation, program design, and research analysis.

Bahia is the Executive Director for the Black Parent Initiative, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon. https://www.thebpi.org/



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