Vivian L. Tamkin received her PhD in Counseling Psychology, with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2009. She also holds a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School in Pasadena, California as well as state licensure (CA) as a psychologist. Dr. Tamkin has over a decade of experience in graduate level clinical training/ supervision and direct service provision to children and families in high need, low resourced neighborhoods of color, specifically, with the African American community. Broadly, Dr. Tamkin is interested in the larger problem of disparities in access to high quality, inclusive health care for African Americans. She is particularly interested in developing and testing culturally-based and community driven strategies to improve the African American mother and infant mortality rates. As such, as a HDRS postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Tamkin will incorporate her years of clinical experience, rooted in an ecological systemic perspective, to examine health outcomes of African American mothers and infants in the first year postpartum/postnatal.