Ananse Ntontan (the "spider's web"). The West African andinkra symbol for wisdom, creativity, and the complexities of life. Multicultural Psychology Research Lab 







The Multicultural Psychology Research Lab (MPRL) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is dedicated to research focused on racial and ethnic minority mental health.  Grounded in a multidisciplinary and multifaceted approach, our lab has a distinct interest in projects that explore the social, psychological, and cultural factors that impact the mental health of racial and ethnic populations, which have historically been under- or misrepresented in psychological research.  This mission of the MPRL is born from the growing diversity within our country and the national call for an increased need to more fully understand the role of race, ethnicity, and culture on the lives of our racial and ethnic minority citizenry.  Concurrent with the growth of this understanding is the need for the development of intervention and prevention approaches that are culturally-relevant, sensitive, and appropriate for members of these populations.

Current research projects are centered in two primary areas: racial identity and substance use.

there is much to be learned
there is much to be unlearned
to do both
takes an open mind and a mind that questions
we can get correct answers     only
if we ask the correct questions 

-- Haki R. Madhubuti