Tonya Russell

Tonya Russell



Mental health


St. John's University


For those who don't believe anything is possible, know that I almost killed a succulent.

— Tonya Russell


Tonya's words can be found in the New York Times, Washington Post, Self, Allure, Women’s Health, Health, and Marie Claire. 

She's written about the physiological effects of racism, implicit bias in medicine, and how parents can talk to their children about race, among many other topics.

Tonya leads workshops on self-care for working women and racial sensitivity for corporations and schools. As a panelist, she frequently participates in discussions on mental health, activism, and workplace wellness.


Bachelor's of science in journalism from St. John's University

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