Eric L. Crawford is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Department and graduate research assistant in the Thomas Youth Resilience Lab (https://thomaslab.sohe.wisc.edu/). He previously studied Psychology at Morehouse College and received a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Prior to beginning his Ph.D., Eric spent five years counseling primarily African American males and families. His broad research interests include understanding the promotive ability of parents/parenting, especially in Black communities; the role of emotional and racial socialization processes in psychosocial adjustment, focusing on Black male development; and normalizing conversations about mental health, emotions, and traumatic experiences in African American families/communities. He received an Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS) Fellowship and Wisconsin Center for Education Research Fellowship to support his education and research. Proudly, Eric is married with two kids, loves discovering new things (like the taste of iguana), and equally enjoys meeting new people and spending time alone.