Oct 20 2021


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Artist Talk,
Community Event

Community Conversation // MMXIX: I’M GLAD YOU BELIEVED IN ME Programming

Join artist Marcus Kiser, curator Alexys J. Taylor and mental health practitioners Dr. Stephanie Coard and Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford for a conversation about mental health and the Black community. The conversation will use Kiser’s solo exhibition, MMXIX: I’M GLAD YOU BELIEVED IN ME, as a starting point to look at how we handle grief, how we discuss mental health with our youth and the complexities of how race and gender play a role in understanding mental health. Event is free, but please pre-register so that we may anticipate attendance.


Partners on this event include NAMI-Wake County, Black On Black Project and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

Dr. Stephanie Irby Coard is a NAMI Wake Board Member and its Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  In this role she provides strategic leadership in developing and implementing programs and initiatives that advance the NAMI Wake DEI statement and policies. She is a leader, advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and organizational resource focused on infusing DEI into all NAMI Wake programs and activities, tracking progress toward these goals and communicating progress to an engaged community.

Dr Coard is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and former Director of Graduate Studies at The University of North Carolina – Greensboro (UNC-G). She has previously held faculty appointments at Duke University and New York University School of Medicine, Child Study Center.

 She earned a B.A. from North Carolina State University in both Psychology and Business Management; an M.S. Developmental Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She completed a Pediatric Clinical Pre-Doctoral Internship in the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, University of Maryland Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center.

 Dr. Coard’s research examines racial, ethnic, and cultural influences on youth development and family functioning and the development and implementation of culturally relevant evidence-based practices targeting African American families and communities. Her clinical training and understanding of socio-cultural factors as they relate to the etiology, treatment and prevention of child mental health problems has informed her work on a number of locally and federally funded studies to pursue research in the development of culturally relevant strategies to assist African American parents to prevent and manage common behavior problems among youth. This research has resulted in the development of an observational measure of racial socialization and a parenting curriculum and written materials

Dr. Coard is Founder and President of Kindred Behavioral Research (KBR) Inc., a research and consultation firm devoted to bridging science & culture to improve mental health and well-being in children, families, and communities of color.  In doing so, KBR staff conducts rigorous applied research that raises awareness and sensitivity to how socio-cultural issues impact developmental, educational, and mental processes and outcomes for African American youth and families. KBR also designs, disseminates, and evaluates evidence-based and culturally appropriate assessment tools and intervention programs for African American youth, families and professionals providing services to them.

She resides in Morrisville, NC and is a mother of three young adults, ages 26, 24 and 20 and an active member of many professional and civic organizations locally and nationally.

Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford, Ph.D., MFT, CRS, CMFSW CEO and Founder of Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC Dr. Bates-Duford is a Forensic Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has engaged in extensive work and research on familial relationships, family trauma, and dysfunctions. She is known for her work with traumatic experience and symptom re-emergence. With nearly 20 years in the field of behavioral sciences, she has been instrumental in her work with stabilizing families, helping individuals and families navigate the challenges of mental illness, as well as victims of abuse/ trauma, reprocess the memory of the trauma in a manner that no longer paralyzes nor interferes with daily functioning.

Dr. Bates-Duford is on the Board of Directors for NAMI-Wake County.

Image: Marcus Kiser, Some Days