Dr. Danielle L. Beatty Moody on Sleeping While Black

Dr. Danielle L. Beatty Moody
ACT at MIT

This fall, ACT is co-sponsoring a lecture series as part of MAS.S63 | Black Mobility and Safety in the US I, a new course taught by Ekene Ijeoma, Director of the Poetic Justice Group at the MIT Media Lab.

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, beginning at 2pm, Dr. Danielle L. Beatty Moodywill join the class, and will be responding to the prompt of Sleeping While Black.

Dr. Danielle L. Beatty Moody is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her work focuses on linkages of psychological and social correlates of racial/ethnic disparities to cardiovascular disease risk, with an emphasis on African Americans for which health disparities are disproportionately observed. Dr. Beatty Moody is mainly interested in unfair treatment overall and due specifically to racial/ethnic discrimination that unfold across the lifespan. In this regard, she has considered how discrimination is adversely linked to sleep, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, among Blacks. She is also Director of The Social Determinants of Health Inequities Lab (SoDHI), which seeks to identify and ameliorate pathophysiological linkages of psychosocial and environmental factors to accelerated endpoints including, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes. Dr. Beatty Moody earned her Ph.D. at the City University of New York, Graduate Center in Social/Personality Psychology, Health Psychology Concentration, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Training Program, University of Pittsburgh, Medical Center. She has also held a NIH Career Development Award (K01).

In this seminar and studio, Ijeoma will guide students to listen, learn, reflect and respond to issues around mobility (physical, mental, socio-economical, political, etc) and safety for Black Americans through words, images, and sounds that reference social science and anti-racist research. Weekly meetings will be organized around public lectures from guests ranging from designers and urban planners to activists and social scientists, and private individual presentations for the group.

Part of a two-semester course, Black Mobility and Safety in the US is organized into two-week topics around living while Black. The first semester (Fall 2020) will include: birthing, breathing, sleeping, eating, and walking; the second: learning, voting, driving, working, and loving. By the end of each semester, students will have the resources and tools to actively listen and respond critically to issues of Black mobility in the context of their own fields and their purposes.

Register for the lecture.