Ronnise Owens is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Mercer University College of Health Profession’s Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She is an alumna of Spelman College and received her Master of Public Health degree from Mercer University College of Health Professions. Her doctoral research is focused on neurological assessment and clinical management of pediatric neuromuscular disorders. Her additional research interests include neuropsychological practice within minority communities and reducing disparities within academic settings. Ronnise is also an advocate and educator for mental health awareness within minority communities and is involved in the intentional recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students in the field of psychology and neuropsychology. At the community level, Ronnise is the founder of Break the Silence. Join the Conversation., a mental health awareness organization to educate minority and faith-based communities on the importance of eradicating the stigma and recognizing warning signs in one’s mental health. Since September 2018, Ronnise has conducted numerous workshops within Black churches, community organizations, schools, university campuses, and regional conferences.