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Ludmila De Faria - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Ludmila De Faria

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Ludmila De Faria specializes in increasing access and decreasing mental health disparities among minorities and underrepresented groups.


Dr. Ludmila De Faria has 20 years of experience in the field of psychiatry, seeing patients, teaching and participating in research, with a special interest in minoritized and underrepresented populations. She is an associate professor of psychiatry and an associate training director for psychiatry in the College of Medicine.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Anxiety Disorders

Women's Mental Health

College Mental Health

Diversity and Health Equity

Gender Affirming Psychiatry

Media Appearances (3)

Women Less Likely to Ask for More Time When Deadlines Loom

U.S. News and World Report  online


It's a case of being your own worst enemy: New research shows that women are more reluctant to ask for deadline extensions at work than their male colleagues are, in part because they worry about being seen as incompetent. In a series of studies, researchers found that overall, women were less likely than men to ask for extra time to complete a work or school task.

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Heart pounding, body sweating, thoughts racing? It might be a panic attack. Here’s what to do.

The Washington Post  print


Panic attacks aren’t rare. At least 11 percent of American adults experience a panic attack each year, and the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about 5 percent of Americans will develop panic disorder at some point in their lives. Panic disorder is characterized by sudden and repeated intense panic attacks accompanied by overwhelming worry about future attacks and avoiding places or situations where attacks have happened, according to the NIMH.

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With Senior Year In Disarray, Teens And Young Adults Feel Lost. Here's How To Help

NPR  radio


For many young people, sheltering at home means missing milestones and public recognition of their achievements. This is especially true for seniors graduating from high school and college.

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Articles (2)

Associations between social determinants of health, perceived discrimination, and body mass index on symptoms of depression among young African American mothers

Archives of Pediatric Nursing

Eugenia Millender, et al.


The association between symptoms of depression and risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains equivocal for African American (AA) mothers. We examined the association between social determinants of health (perceived discrimination), and cardiovascular risk (BMI) on symptoms of depression in a sample of young AA mothers.

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The Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on the Mental and Physical Health of Mothers and Children: A Review of the Literature and Policy Implications

Harvard Review of Pyschiatry

Van Niel, et al.


For decades, national paid maternity leave policies of 12 weeks or more have been established in every industrialized country except the United States. Despite women representing 47% of the current U.S. labor force, only 16% of all employed American workers have access to paid parental leave through their workplace. As many as 23% of employed mothers return to work within ten days of giving birth, because of their inability to pay living expenses without income.

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