Areas of Expertise:
mental health | African Americans | women | racism | childhood trauma | depression | stress | health promotion

Expert's Website

Lekeisha Sumner is an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in both clinical and medical psychology. Sumner is an expert in how socioeconomic status and psychological and social factors affect mental health and quality of life, especially among women, children and people of color and different ethnicities.

Sumner examines how behavioral and psychosocial influences work to promote health behavior and disease management within cultural frameworks. For example, she has studied how racism affects mental health and can contribute to stress and depression.

Sumner is frequently called upon as an expert on behavioral and psychological health issues.

Media Contact

David Olmos, UCLA Health