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Alum Ward featured in Wisconsin State Journal's 'Know Your Madisonian'

July 18, 2017
UW-Madison's Earlise Ward was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's "Know Your Madisonian" column about her work as a psychologist in Dane County helping black women cope with depression.

Earlise Ward
Ward
Ward received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology in 2002. Ward today is a licensed psychologist and a professor in the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Ward's research particularly focuses on how depression affects older black women. 

Even though African-Americans experience depression at the same rate as caucasians, Ward explained they are not seeking mental-health services to help.

"The preference is to have services or mental health counseling if you will that is more culturally tailored … (and) to have an African-American therapist. If that is not possible, and oftentimes it is not, to at least make sure the content of the treatment really focuses on African-American culture, African-American perspective," Ward told the Wisconsin State Journal.

Read the full Wisconsin State Journal interview: "Know Your Madisonian: Psychologist helps black women cope with depression."

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