The Grady Nia Project is a part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine and the Grady Health System. It is located at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta. It is comprised of several long-running series of studies with African American women who have a history of domestic violence and suicidality. In addition to the research project, there are support groups for domestic violence and suicide that women who are not eligible for the research project may be referred to. Women who are interested may also receive individual therapy.
The program was founded by Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP (Past President of the American Psychological Association) in the early 1990s. It was named “Nia” in 1999. “Nia” is a principle of Kwanzaa, and means “Purpose.” It is our hope that through involvement in our program, women will find a new sense of purpose and make a new commitment to living.
Since its inception, six projects, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the National Institute of Mental Health, have been undertaken.
Our first research project investigates both risk factors (including intimate partner violence) and protective factors for suicide attempts in African American women.
Our second study examines risk and protective factors for suicide attempts in abused, African American women.
Third, we are assessing a culturally-relevant group empowerment intervention program for abused, suicidal African American women to see if it was more helpful in improving adjustment than standard care.
The fourth project focuses on evaluating a culturally-informed group intervention program for suicidal women, some of whom had experienced intimate partner violence.
Fifth, we have become interested in prevention. As a result, we are focusing our efforts on studying a group intervention designed to prevent suicidal behavior in a group of abused African American women who had never previously attempted suicide.
Sixth, we are expanding our efforts to examine culturally-informed, empowerment-based, psychoeducational interventions for abused and suicidal African American women to see if it is more beneficial than standard care in reducing suicidal thoughts, depression, and domestic violence.
The Grady Nia Project collaborates with many other agencies in the community to provide a wide range of services and resources to women in the Atlanta area.