A Study of the Effect of Self- Affirmations on the Mental Health of African American Medical Students


About this study

The purpose of this study is to learn the effect of a self- affirmation intervention provided during the first year of medical school on Black students' self-reported mental health.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria

  • First year medical student
  • Identifies as Black/African American or White/European American
  • Attends one of the schools in a stratified random sample of 50 medical schools or any of the historically black medical schools (Mayo medical school was not selected using this sampling method).


Exclusion Criteria

  • Does not identify as Black/African American or White/European American.
  • Does not attend one of the medical schools selected

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Sean Phelan, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

More information


Publications are currently not available

Mayo Clinic Footer