Scholar Targets Minority Health Disparities at Maya Angelou Center
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – National Institutes of Health (NIH) designated health disparities scholar David L. Mount, Psy.D, M.A. uses his skills as a neuropsychologist to address the emotional well-being of area community leaders who work for fairness and equality for the poor and needy.
As one of the few African-Americans in his field and a licensed psychologist, Mount focuses his research at the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health on how well people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease gain access to health care and manage these chronic diseases that disproportionately affect non-whites.
Mount is working with community organizations such as Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods thanks in part to a Community Academic Partnership Fund grant secured by the Angelou Research Center to examine the needs of those who work to make local communities better.
“As a community health psychologist, my research and service focuses on closing the gaps in health literacy and mental health service delivery and identifying strategies that strengthen the emotional well-being of social justice workers,” said Mount, assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
“Since coming to Wake Forest Baptist, my community engagement activities have focused on working with grassroots organization and lecturing widely throughout the community on topics that are at the intersection of physical health and mental health.”
He is designated a health disparities scholar through the NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). The NCMHD was created to promote minority health and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. Mount is also a faculty affiliate in the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has an associate appointment in pathology in the Department of Comparative Medicine.
Mount received his bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala., and his master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Argosy University, Atlanta, Ga. Prior to completing his pre- and postdoctoral work at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., Mount received neuropsychological training at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center rehabilitation hospital and at the Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Program at Emory University.
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