Join two minorities as they discuss the unseen mental health implications in everyday situations: Danielle Ryer, an autistic Clinical Master of Social Work (MSW) student, and Tiffany Bridgett, a Deaf Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) student.
Danielle, the author of DrComedian.com, is a Master of Social Work student at Rutgers University, entering Clinical Advanced Year in Fall 2020. She is an autistic self-advocate, motivational coach, individual autistic children and family support coach, writer, editor, and volunteer Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line. Her life’s mission is to instill hope, and encourage humor in society at large, encourage individuality and the need to discuss underexamined social issues.
Tiffany Bridgett identifies herself as d/Deaf and a fluent ASL speaker. She is an advanced student enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Gallaudet University. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (2014) with magna cum laude in Psychology and Pre-Med with a minor in Criminal Justice. She has been trained at University of Michigan- Psychology Department, University of Rochester- Deaf Wellness Center, Gallaudet University- Counseling and Psychological Services, D.C. Courts- the Child Guidance Court, San Diego Community Services- Behavioral Health Department, Multicultural Clinical Center in Virginia, and Psychiatric Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. She is currently working on identifying how to best administer assessment measures in standardized ASL and how to best measure language-based reasoning in deaf children who speak ASL and doing her current clinical residency with Veterans Affairs. Her life’s mission is to eradicate the stigma of mental illness and to make services more accessible, effective, and culturally competent for those who have experienced trauma.