Category Archives: Addy Hour

We all want to experience life satisfaction and emotional health. But getting to that place is another matter. From lockdowns to isolation, ongoing racial injustice to political turmoil, lost lives and lost jobs — this past year has tested our minds and bodies in profound ways. During the Addy Hour podcast, we’ll discuss topics at the intersection of brain science, mental health, faith, culture, & social justice. Join us for dynamic conversations and insights based on the lived experience and professional expertise of guests from expected and unexpected places. We’ll hear from community leaders, scientists and researchers, professional athletes and entertainers, faith leaders, mental health experts and advocates. Dr. Nii Addy — Yale professor & researcher, man of faith, sports & hip hop fan, and mental health advocate — is your host. To be healthy and whole, we must approach things holistically. Addy Hour will explore the topics and questions you’ve been thinking about and will create a unique space for us to talk about them.

Wellness, Community & the Scientific Workforce with Amy Newman and Luigi Ferrucci



Conversations about science and society have somehow become more divisive as of late, even as we continue to battle a global pandemic. But what about the scientists from various disciplines who’ve continued in their training, research endeavors and leadership in the midst of everything we’ve endured as a society? This week, two scientific leaders from the National Institutes of Health join for a refreshing conversation about wellness, work-life balance, community and thriving amongst our scientific trainees, researchers, staff, administrators and leaders. Come hear Dr. Amy Newman, Scientific Director at NIDA, and Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, Scientific Director at NIA, share about flexibility in the midst of challenges, support amongst our scientific teams as we deal with stress, ongoing investments in diversity and inclusion, and the necessity of improving relationships and trust between research communities and the general public.


Campus Life, Mental Health & Faith in a Pandemic World w/ Sharon Kugler, Orlando Yarborough III & Omer Bajwa



For students, faculty, administrators, staff and family members across the country, there’s so much for us to consider as we embark on another unique college and university semester. This week, Chaplain Sharon Kugler, Pastor Orlando Yarborough III, and Imam Omer Bajwa join for a timely, rich, honest and compelling conversation about campus life, mental health and faith amidst an ongoing pandemic. Join us to hear insights from their roles and personal experiences with students on campus. We also discuss how to navigate our expectations and desires for normalcy, what it means to return, the realities of our hustle culture, and the importance of pausing and resting. Amidst all of the uncertainty, unease, and anxiety, our guests also share about sources of joy, the strength we can draw from being in spiritual community, and our tremendous opportunities for growth in this moment. A powerful and moving episode!


Black mamas and the #PostpartumRevolution with Stacey D. Stewart & Angelina Spicer



Far too often, the crisis around maternal health and maternal mental health support in the United States is underappreciated and even ignored, especially for women of color. This week, March of Dimes President and CEO, Stacey D. Stewart, and comedian and “accidental activist” Angelina Spicer join for a conversation that can truly be a matter of life or death. Join in, as we share and hear stories of those who have walked through postpartum depression and other maternal health challenges. We also discuss societal pressures on women and black women in particular, the true definition of a strong black woman, and the reward of risk taking and vulnerability in order to walk in your purpose.


Race, religion, politics & mental health with Eddie Glaude Jr. & A.D. Thomason



We seem to be living in a culture where so many are speaking as instant experts on almost everything. But how do we navigate the noise and find truth, while also cultivate the disciplines of listening and sitting with silence? This week, distinguished professor, scholar & author Eddie Glaude Jr., and author and filmmaker A.D. Thomason join for an honest, wide-ranging conversation on these topics and the realities of brokenness, growth through pain, true hope, and much more. We’ll also discuss whether our nation is in a true moment of racial reckoning. Join the conversation and hear personal insights from both guests on how they maintain balance, approach emotional health, and stay true to their purpose in today’s complex world.


Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health with Shino Prater and R. Kweku Smith



What’s our perspective as we all deal with challenges and traumas in our lives and the lives of those around us? How do we find balance between giving to and caring for our communities, while not spreading ourselves too thin? And how do we meet people where they are, with sincerity, empathy and compassion, without being dismissive? This week, NYC Pastor, Shino Prater, and Psychologist, activist, and urban education expert, Dr. R. Kweku Smith, join for an honest, challenging, refreshing and relatable conversation about their mental, physical and spiritual health journeys over the last year, both in their personal lives and professionally. Join us, as we also consider practical ways we can all strive for balance, perspective, & holistic health in our current moment.


Athlete Life, Stigma, Body Image & Wellness w/ Victoria Garrick



This week, influencer, mental health & body image advocate, and former D1 athlete, Victoria Garrick, joins for an honest conversation about life as a competitive student athlete and high performing individual. We’ll chat about the differences between mental health and mental toughness, and wrestle with the line between pushing forward towards peak performance versus stepping back, in athletic pursuits and in life. Join in, as we also talk through the differences between sadness and depression, nervousness and anxiety and chat about our life perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic.


Self-care, vulnerability & real talk with Tara Schuster



As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, many of us have felt a need to reprioritize and reevaluate what matters most. And yet, it can still be difficult to honestly acknowledge personal challenges along the way, especially when it comes to emotional wellness and mental health. This week, veteran entertainment executive and best-selling author, Tara Schuster, joins for a deeply honest conversation with Dr. Addy, where they discuss self-care, vulnerability, life balance & accountability in their own lives, along with principles that apply to us all.


Faith Communities & Mental Health with Michael Walrond Jr, Lena Green and Warren Kinghorn



Our faith communities can provide powerful places of sanctuary and safety. But are houses of worship safe spaces when it comes to our mental health? Within our faith communities, are we living with hope or suffering in silence, when it comes to emotional wellness? This week, Pastor Michael Walrond Jr., Dr. Lena Green, and Dr. Warren Kinghorn speak poignantly about their personal and professional journeys with mental health. We also discuss honest truths about mental health approaches in the church and the importance of combining faith and mental health practices to help us thrive individually and as a society.


Where do we go from here? Lecrae and Professor Amy Arnsten



With recent steps towards accountability mixed with ongoing injustices and lack of accountability, many of us are asking, “Where do we go from here?” This week, we consider how music, neuroscience, and faith can help us move toward personal and societal empathy and healing, amidst these challenges. Hip hop artist & author Lecrae and professor & neuroscientist Amy Arnsten join for a personal, forward facing conversation on stress, activism, social justice, the police and de-escalation. Along the way, we’ll even hear Lecrae talk neuroscience and Professor Arnsten talk music!