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David William Hollingsworth, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Washington, DC, US

David William Hollingsworth, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Training | Fielding Graduate University


Suicide Researcher, LGBTQ+ Mental Health



Dr. Hollingsworth has a research interest in risk and protective factors of suicide among African American young adults. Clinically, he’s interested in treating depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and providing affirmative care to LGBTQ+ adults. He earned his B.A. in psychology from Morehouse College and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center Consortium.

Industry Expertise (4)



Mental Health Care

Training and Development

Areas of Expertise (5)


African Americans Mental Health

LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Racial Microaggressions

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Accomplishments (5)

Summer Research Stipend (professional)

(2018) Fairfield University

Graduate and Professional Student Government Association Travel Award (professional)

(2016) Oklahoma State University

First Place Award for Posters (professional)

(2015) Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Native American Issues in Behavior Therapy and Research SIG

Black Ribbon Scholarship (professional)

(2015) Student Presenter Award, Association of Black Psychologists

Association Travel Award (professional)

(2015) Oklahoma State University Graduate and Professional Student Government

Education (3)

Oklahoma State University: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology 2017

Oklahoma State University: M.S., Clinical Psychology 2014

Morehouse College: B.A., Psychology 2012

Affiliations (7)

  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies African American SIG
  • Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Institute of Mental Health Career Opportunities in Research Honors Program (NIMH- COR)
  • American Association of Suicidology

Event Appearances (3)

Ethnic Identity Moderates the Association Between Interpersonal Suicide Risk Factors and Suicide Ideation among African Americans.

51st Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference - 2018  Washington, DC

Recent Advances and Future Directions in Minority Suicide

49 th Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference - 2016  Chicago, IL

The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide Among Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Minority Groups

Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Conference - 2015  Tulsa, OK

Articles (3)

When thriving requires effortful surviving: Delineating manifestations and resource expenditure outcomes of microaggressions for Black employees

Journal of Applied Psychology

2022 Although overt racism is condemned by many organizations, insidious forms of racism persist. Drawing on the conservation of resources framework (Hobfoll, 1989), this article identifies forms and outcomes of racial microaggressions—daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities that denigrate individuals from racially minoritized groups (Sue, Capodilupo, et al., 2007). Leveraging survey data from 345 Black employees, open-ended question qualitative insights delineate three overarching themes of workplace microaggression toward Black employees: anti-Black stereotype expression, racialized role assignment, and interactional injustice. We also detail how these themes manifest in nine distinct ways.

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Ethnic identity protects against feelings of defeat and entrapment on suicide ideation in African American young adults

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

2022 Objective: Recent trends in suicide and suicide-related risk suggest that African American youth are particularly vulnerable; however, little is known about the sociocultural context of suicide-related risk in this population. The present study examined ethnic identity as a moderator of the relationship between defeat and entrapment and suicide ideation in African American young adults. Method: A sample of African American college students (N= 106; 46.2% female;(M age= 20.63) completed a battery of surveys online. Using cross-sectional data, a moderation analysis was conducted.

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Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide in Black Youth

Handbook of Youth Suicide Prevention: Integrating Research into Practice

2022 Suicide is a serious public concern, being the second leading cause of death in Black children aged 10–14 and the third leading cause of death in Black adolescents aged 15–19 in 2018 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Survey Questionnaire. Retrieved January 22, 2021, from www.cdc.gov/yrbs, 2020). The rates of suicide and suicidal behaviors have significantly increased among Black adolescents. (Lindsey et al., Pediatrics 144:Article e20191187, 2019; Shain, Pediatrics 144:Article e20191912, 2019). In order to reduce suicide among Black youth, we need to first better understand the factors that put them at risk for suicide as well as the factors that protect them from suicide by buffering the adverse impacts of risk factors and/or promoting resilience.

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