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The Research Her

70 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Elissia FranklinWebsite

The Research Her highlights Black women researchers and research topics relevant to wellbeing. Essentially, it's your source for sisterly science. We dive into biology, sexuality, behavioral and physical science, and everything in between. Research Scientist, Dr. Elissia Franklin, is a chemist and e… read more

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69. THOT Things: History of the Hoe, Pleasure Activist, and Controlling Black Women’s Bodies

June 17th, 2021

51:47

In honor of Megan Thee Stallion's THOT Shit release, we talk about hoe shit, the history of being considered a hoe, the politics of body autonomy, …

68. Single in Science: The stories of singleness are not monolithic

June 8th, 2021

1:06:52

The narrative about being single is often seen as monolithic. Every single person is expected to want a relationship. There are stereotypes about …

67. How to Attract and Retain Black Women in the Teaching Profession with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson

May 12th, 2021

38:35

As we continue our conversation after Teacher Appreciation week and celebrate Mental Health Aware Month this May we discuss recruiting and retention in the teaching profession with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson who dives …

65. Do vaccines work after virus mutation? w/ Virologist Natasha Duggan

March 5th, 2021

32:47

With all the talk and skepticism about vaccines, it is a great time to take a sit back and evaluate the science of vaccines. Today, we have the …

64. Forensic Science Professor and Science Education PhD Student w/ Professor Kelly Knight

February 24th, 2021

41:39

Professor Kelly Knight is a mother, wife, professor, Ph.D. student, and sarcoma survivor who researches how to improve the middle school to STEM …

63. Settling for less in romantic relationships out of fear of being single

February 8th, 2021

1:14:34

Let's start a conversation. 

 

Let’s talk about settling for less out of fear of being single. Dr. Stephanie S. Spielmann explores the dynamics of romantic relationships. One topic that she has probed is the idea of …

62. Well Paid Women are Less Satisfied in Relationships w/ Dr. Dominique Barnes-Walker

January 25th, 2021

28:42

In today’s conversation with Dr. Dominique Barnes-Walker, we discuss the impact of the Strong Black Woman Archetype on romantic relationships. The …

61. Winner of the Black Women in Graduate School Therapy Fund w/ Camille Mosley

January 18th, 2021

25:05

In today’s conversation with Camille Mosley, we talk about biological research on fish, the push from white institutes to have diverse perspectives …

60. Amplifying Black Voices in Astronomy

January 4th, 2021

37:01

Today’s conversation with Ashley Walker discusses the complexities of Saturn’s icy moon, Titan, different space missions, and promoting more Black and Brown people to be in these same spaces during planetary …

E59. Black Women, Sex & The Lies Our Mothers Told Us w/ Dr. Hareder McDowell (REVIEW)

December 28th, 2020

42:50

Dr. Hareder McDowell is a dedicated and passionate woman who has researched, worked, and served communities, corporations, and the educational arena’s to ensure that African-American female sexual empowerment and …

E58. Impact of Strong Black Woman Stereotype w/ Dominique Barnes-Walker, LSW, MSW (REVIEW)

December 23rd, 2020

23:21

Bio is from the time of the interview:

 

Dominique Barnes-Walker is a Licensed Social Work and, an Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist. Dominique works with a wide variety of individuals in therapy but loves …

E57. No Basic Vaginas. How to Avoid Bacterial Vaginosis w/ Dr. Ruthie Arumala (REVIEW)

December 17th, 2020

46:48

Dr. Ruthie Arumala is an Ob/Gyn at Texas Hugley Medical Associates in Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Arumala is a young, vibrant physician that provides individualized, comprehensive care to women with a range of Ob/Gyn …

E56. Mommy and Me. Two black women discuss research, education and growth w/ Dr. Erica Jordan (REVIEW)

December 9th, 2020

31:12

This is a replay of Episode 9 where I interview my biggest inspiration. My mother. At the time of the interview, Dr. Erica Jordan was a school …

E55. The relationship between breast cancer and antiperspirant (REVIEW)

November 30th, 2020

22:40

No, I do not want you out here musty. There is some knowledge that everyone should know about so that they can make their own informed choices about …

E54. Melanated Skin Needs (Toxin-Free) Sunscreen Too (REVIEW)

November 23rd, 2020

17:14

This episode was inspired by Side Hustle Pro Episode 144 where Katonya Breaux, the founder of Unsun Cosmetics, discusses how she started making mineral sunscreen out of having adverse effects to chemical containing …

E53. Do your hair products have harmful chemicals that are unlabeled? (REVIEW)

November 20th, 2020

19:51

In this episode, I break down endocrine disruptors and why we should avoid them for optimal health. I talk about the best practices for avoiding …

E52. Clean for wellness with these tips for cleaning (REVIEW)

November 17th, 2020

24:15

Here is a REVIEW of Episode 5. It was originally published in the Spring but the same applies beyond. It is important that we begin to understand how our cleaning habits affect our health. It is a great time to discuss …

51. Why black students who pursue online degrees drop out and stop out w/ Dr. Arianna Stokes (REVIEW)

November 2nd, 2020

35:59

Dr. Arianna C. Stokes graduated from Jackson State University with her B.S. in History Education. While at Jackson State University, she was active in several organizations. Throughout her undergraduate career, both …

50. Black hair products cause failed drug tests (REVIEW)

October 26th, 2020

13:34

In the episode, we discuss

  • the research behind hair drug tests and cultural bias.
  • how hair products that are mainly used by people of African …

49. Owning Your Imposter Status: Biomedical Scientist Turned Education Researcher w/ Dr. Kilan Ashad-Bishop

October 13th, 2020

53:40

Title: Owning Your Imposter Status: Biomedical Scientist Turned Education Researcher

Subtitle: The Power of Work Outside of Lab While Pursuing Your PhD

 

Dr. Kilan C. Ashad-Bishop is a biomedical scientist and …

48. Food Addiction vs. Food Relationship & Why More Research Needs to be Done To Diagnose w/ Dr. Ebony

October 5th, 2020

40:16

Ebony Butler, Ph.D., a native of Mississippi, is a Licensed Psychologist and Food Relationship Strategist who has made it her mission to help women …

From Black Girls Guide to Grad School to Hooded A Guide to the PhD w/ Dr. Malika Grayson

September 28th, 2020

33:21

Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Malika Grayson (@drmalikagrayson) is a STEM speaker, engineer, and author who has her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where she became the 2nd black woman in …

46. Feeling Proud of Being Black Contributes to Better Mental Health with McKenzie Stokes

September 22nd, 2020

30:59

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In this episode with McKenzie Stokes, we start off learning that researchers who inspire her are Dr. Elan Hope, …

Why Black Women Don't Choose STEM Fields with Raven the Science Maven. E45

September 16th, 2020

56:45

We often ask those who are in STEM why they chose their field, but we don't ask why people didn't choose STEM. Research often focuses on …

E44. Physics of Cockroaches, Cocoa, Bumblebees, and Trees. The Power of Plant Physiology w/ Teressa Alexander

September 9th, 2020

48:49

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In the episode, Teressa Alexander shares her journey from being an associate degree student to a Ph.D. student. She talks to us about her many …

E43. Contributing to Black Women's Wellbeing (Quarterly Check-in)

September 4th, 2020

26:05

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. We are starting a crowdfunding campaign to provide Black women in graduate school funding to …

E42. Switching STEM Fields from Chemistry to Biomedical Engineering w/ Dr. Korie Grayson

August 24th, 2020

49:47

Dr. Korie Grayson is a biomedical engineer and a diversity advocate for women in STEM. She is a proud alumna of the HBCU Norfolk State University, …

E41. History of Asthma and Its Relationship to Race w/ Dr. Ijeoma Kola

August 17th, 2020

37:29

As a kid, Dr. Ijeoma Kola wanted to be a pediatrician but when she took science in college she realized that she was more interested in the history …

E40. The Science of Wet A** Pu$%y feat. Dr. Jasmine Abrams, Portia Brown, and Dr. Ruth Arumala

August 10th, 2020

55:50

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion broke the internet and climbed up all the charts with the release of their new song WAP, which is an acronym for Wet Ass Pussy. Her we use the term SWAP, not only because we swapped out …

E39. Exercise-Induced Orgasm and Sexual Pleasure Among Women

August 3rd, 2020

11:03

In this solo episode, I dive into the research of Debby Herbenick and Dennis Fortenberry in their article Exercise-induced orgasm and pleasure among …

E38. Exploring Sexuality, Colorism and Texturism with SEXpert Dr. Donna Oriowo

July 27th, 2020

50:22

Dr. Donna Oriowo wanted to learn more about being a sex therapist after watching Meet the Fockers and that was what led her to find her career path. She is assisting primarily Black women on a journey to understanding …

E37. Changing the Narrative of Black Families through Clinical Research and Programming w/ Dr. Ijeoma Opara

July 20th, 2020

43:30

Dr. Ijeoma Opara was not always clear about her career path, but she wanted to be sure that she was an expert in whatever field she chose. Her Nigerian parents did not try to push her into any career but instead …

E36. This is what depression looks like. My STEMnoire Story

July 13th, 2020

13:21

The #STEMNOIREstory that I’m telling today is my post PhD hardships. This is what depression looks like. It isn’t all tears and bad hair days. For me its makeup, fake smile, and trying to prove myself to others. Ever …

E35. Combining Pole Fitness and Psychology for Liberation w/ The Polecologist, Dr. Kristen Nichole

July 6th, 2020

53:19

In the episode, we are blessed with the presence of Dr. Kristen Nichole. She is a performance artist, scholar, educator, trainer, coach, …

E34. Cancer Biology and Life With Rukia Henry

June 29th, 2020

1:00:02

Growing up in Guyana, Rukia Henry thought that she would be a detective or an author because of her love for writing. She had no clue that she would …

E33ish. Sorry, but I'm exhausted and at a loss for words

June 5th, 2020

6:04

Producing episode 33 of The Research Her podcast was a bust because I could not bring myself to think about anything but the current state of our …

E32. 20 Something Reasons Why I'm Still in Love with You.

May 26th, 2020

5:02

I was reading a little bit about affection, what it is, why we need it, and how to show it. My birthday is right around the corner and I like to …

E31. Weight Loss with Vinegar?

May 18th, 2020

23:01

In this episode, we discuss the benefits of vinegar. We break down the chemical composition of vinegar, the origin of vinegar synthesis, the difference between types of vinegar, its uses, health benefits, and does it …

E30. Dissertation, Defense, DEPRESSION: Dealing with Grad School Depression and Post-Adrenaline Blues

May 11th, 2020

18:40

I know that we are in the middle of a pandemic and the last thing that we want to talk about is… anything that does not have to do with the pandemic. However, I have something that I want to share. During and after …

E29. Thoughts on "Cultural Appropriation" and Blackfishing w/ Dr. Lauren Jackson

May 4th, 2020

48:34

Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson teaches in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her first book, White …

E28. The Key to Studying Dementia is Diversity w/ Dr. Indira Turney

April 27th, 2020

58:31

Indira C. Turney, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at …

E27. IG LIVE REPLAY: The Chemistry of Elevating Research and Research that Matters

February 1st, 2020

58:13

I had the honor of chatting on IG live with STEMedia. Dr. Nehemiah Mabry interviewed me. Our discussion included the chemistry of elevating research and research that matters. Here is the replay just in case you missed …

E26. BLACK IN GRAD SCHOOL – GOING BACK TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AFTER WORKING W/ ALLANTÉ WHITMORE

January 21st, 2020

47:33

In this episode, we talk to the creator and host of the podcast Blk + In Grad School, Allante Whitmore. She is originally from Detroit where she …

E25. Her Research Report: Where have I been at + What am I doing now

January 10th, 2020

16:15

THE RESEARCH HER PODCAST IS OFF OF GRADUATION HIATUS and its time that I give an update on what I have been doing. What is next for me and the podcast... do I know??  

E24. Black Women, Sex & The Lies Our Mothers Told Us w/ Dr. Hareder McDowell

September 3rd, 2019

43:51

Dr. Hareder McDowell is the author of Black Women, Sex & The Lies Our Mothers Told Us. She is a dedicated and passionate woman who has …

E23. The Experiences of Black Women in Engineering Industry w/ Paige Brown

August 16th, 2019

50:12

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mrs. Paige Brown.

Paige and I discussed her experience working as an electrical engineer & why her research interest is now on black women who pursue electrical engineering as a …

E22. LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT on my birthday

July 31st, 2019

18:54

June 1st was my birthday so this episode is late posting. The love was felt on that day with each individual message. Hearing all of the messages …

E21. Life Next to A Million Tons of Feces w/ Ariana Taylor

July 29th, 2019

41:19

Listen to how Ariana Taylor, J. D. went from dropping out of a masters program to graduating #5 from her law school class.

 

Ariana Taylor is a 2015 …

E20. Why Black Students Who Pursue Online Degrees Drop Out and Stop Out w/ Arianna Stokes

July 19th, 2019

37:10

Arianna C. Stokes graduated from Jackson State University with her B.S. in History Education. While at Jackson State University, she was active in several organizations. Those organizations include the Student …

E19. Are Quarter-Life Crises A Real Thing?

June 29th, 2019

21:42

On this episode, we define the quarter-life crisis and the research surrounding it. I describe the symptoms and the typologies that people use to …

E18.2 Candida Overgrowth Awareness w/ Dr. Arianne Hunter

June 21st, 2019

5:51

In this EXCLUSIVE episode, Dr. Arianne Hunter schools us on Candida Overgrowth.

 

E18. Leaving a Legacy Beyond Being the First Black Woman to Obtain a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma w/ Dr. Arianne Hunter

June 21st, 2019

44:01

In this episode, we get to connect with Arianne Hunter, Ph.D. From Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Hunter obtained her B.A. in Chemistry at Dartmouth College …

E17. Getting Adjusted to the USA. Quarter 1 Check-in.

June 14th, 2019

19:19

This week we take a step away from research and do the first quarter check-in. I talk about motivation, insecurities, and future plans. The podcast has hit over 6k downloads and is listened to in over 20 countries. We …

E16. Creating Safe Digital Space for the Natural Hair Community w/ Dr. Amber Sessoms

May 31st, 2019

43:38

Dr. Amber Sessoms is a nationally certified school psychologist for one of Pennsylvania's largest school districts.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts …

E15. No Basic Vaginas. How to Avoid Bacterial Vaginosis w/ Dr. Ruthie Arumala

May 20th, 2019

46:36

Dr. Ruthie Arumala is an Ob/Gyn at Texas Hugley Medical Associates in Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Arumala is a young, vibrant physician who provides individualized, comprehensive care to women with a range of Ob/Gyn concerns.

E13: The Impact of Strong Black Woman Stereotype w/ Dominique Barnes-Walker, LSW, MSW

May 10th, 2019

24:26

Dominique Barnes-Walker is a Licensed Social Worker and an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist. Dominique works with a wide variety of …

E12. Melanated Skin Needs (Toxin-Free) Sunscreen Too

May 3rd, 2019

17:31

This episode was inspired by Side Hustle Pro Episode 144 where Katonya Breaux, the founder of Unsun Cosmetics, discusses how she started making mineral sunscreen out of having adverse health effects to the harsh …

E11: Learning a Little about Liver Disease w/ Chrystelle Vilfranc

April 26th, 2019

31:24

In this episode, we interview and highlight Chrystelle L. Vilfranc. She shares how she went from wanting to go to medical school to find her calling …

E10. Sis, Put Down the Baby Powder

April 19th, 2019

20:01

In this episode, we discuss the controversial research related to using body powder and whether the powder causes ovarian cancer. Johnson and Johnson …

Ep9: Mommy and Me. Two black women discuss research, education and growth w/ Dr. Erica Jordan

April 12th, 2019

33:38

In this SPECIAL episode, I interview my biggest inspiration. My mother. Dr. Erica Jordan is a school counselor for Chicago Public School where she …

Ep8. Hair Products With Harmful Chemicals Unlabeled

April 5th, 2019

19:32

In this episode, I break down endocrine disruptors and why we should avoid them for optimal health. I talk about the best practices for avoiding …

Ep7: Deodorant-Antiperspirant and Breast Cancer Explained

March 29th, 2019

23:35

No, I do not want you out here musty. There is some knowledge that everyone should know about so that they can make their own informed choices about …

E6: The Science of Motivation

March 26th, 2019

25:07

As a follow up to forming and maintaining habits, learning about what motivates us to do the things that we do is necessary for understanding how to …

Ep5: So Fresh and So Clean: Spring Is Coming

March 15th, 2019

27:06

It is important that we begin to understand how our cleaning habits affect our health. With Spring coming, it is a great time to discuss how we can improve our cleaning routine such that we are not causing adverse …

Ep4: 5 Themes For Forming and Maintaining Behavioral Changes

March 8th, 2019

15:04

This week, we discuss how to form and maintain behavior changes so that we can work toward wellness. I discuss 5 aims that everyone should have when …

Ep3: Black hair care products may increase your chances of failing hair drug tests

March 1st, 2019

14:53

In the episode, we discuss the research behind hair drug test and its cultural bias. Hair products that are mainly used by people of African descent …

Ep2: Social Media and Body Image: Are Instagram Models Narcissistic? Are They Decreasing Your Self-Esteem and Happiness?

March 1st, 2019

24:05

This episode we discuss the relationship between social media and body image. We also dive into the idea of narcissism being associated with what and …

Ep1: WELCOME TO THE FIRST OFFICIAL EPISODE OF THE RESEARCH HER PODCAST

March 1st, 2019

18:50

I am so excited to share the first official episode of the Research Her Podcast! In this episode, I discuss why the show was created and the mission. You'll hear about my passions and a sneak peek of a few of the topics …

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