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Phyllis Harrison-Ross, MD — Founder and President Emeritus
Child-Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
Commissioner, NY State Commission of Corrections
Phyllis Harrison-Ross, MD, practices child and adult, administrative and forensic psychiatry, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at New York Medical College, Emeritus Attending Psychiatrist/Chief of Psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital Center and Founder and Managing Partner of Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York. Currently, she serves fulltime as COMMISSIONER, NYS COMMISSION OF CORRECTION AND CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION'S MEDICAL REVIEW BOARD, which oversees the operation and management of local and state correctional facilities and the secure residential juvenile treatment centers operated by the Office of Children and Family Services.

She is Trustee, Secretary of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of the Social Service Board for United Social Services, Inc., a NYSEC social action affiliate. She, also, is a Trustee for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Northside Center for Child Development, Public Health Solutions, Inc and serves on the editorial board of the NY Amsterdam News.

She champions and uses of Telepsychiatry and Videoconferencing to reach underserved populations.

She is a past President of Black Psychiatrists of America and, in 2004, received the American Psychiatric Association's Solomon Carter Fuller Award. The All Healers Mental Health Alliance, an organization that Phyllis, along with the NYSEC and the Social Service Board, was instrumental in forming, received an award for Public Health Leadership at the American Public Health Association meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2007, bestowed for AHMHA's work to bring hope and healing to survivors following the disaster of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy and the devastation caused in the mid-south/Gulf Coast by the Katrina and Rita hurricanes, tornados and the BP oil spill as well as the Haitian earthquake. She was recently appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. She has written articles, books and book chapters regarding children and forensic populations; has hosted a TV program and currently co-hosts a talk radio show, "Ethics on the Air", WBAI FM and WBAI.org.
Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA — President
Adult Psychiatrist
Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
Dr. Sidney Hankerson is an adult psychiatrist who works at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His work focuses on increasing access to mental health treatment for African Americans. During his psychiatric residency, he mainly worked at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Grady is a large, community hospital that serves patients who have no insurance and in that respect, it is very similar to Harlem Hospital in Manhattan.

While at Grady, he was heartbroken by the many barriers that prevented African Americans from seeking mental health treatment. These barriers included ideas of shame about mental illness, lack of education about different treatments, and mistrust of medical providers. Dr. Hankerson is now using African American churches and mosques as places to promote education, screening, and, ultimately, to provide depression treatment. He hopes to build bridges between mental health professionals, faith-based organizations, and other community-based organizations.
Karinn Glover, MD, MPH — Vice President
Adult Psychiatrist
Montefiore Medical Center
Born in the Bronx and raised in White Plains, New York, Dr. Glover has spent the greater part of her adult life following her interests in science, health and improving life for the underserved. After graduating Howard University with a BA in History, Karinn worked at Essence Magazine and then in the private sector as an Account Executive for Verizon. After leaving her corporate job, Karinn pursued her interest in medicine and attended SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. Before graduating, Karinn obtained an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a Macy Scholar.

After her residency at Zucker Hillside Hospital (part of Long Island Jewish Medical Center) in New York, Karinn decided to work in primary care psychiatry seeing patients with HIV who were fully integrated into the clinic population. Since taking this job at Montefiore Medical Center, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Karinn has published a paper on mental disorders in primary care and has honed her skills in psychopharmacology and substance abuse treatment.
Vanessa Bobb, MD, PhD — Secretary
Child-Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
Brooklyn Children's
Vanessa Toney Bobb MD/PhD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at New York City Children’s Center, Brooklyn Campus. She completed Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry Residency Training at New York Presbyterian Hospital and completed a Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University. Her clinical and academic interests include mood, anxiety, psychotic and attention deficit disorders in youth, as well as public, community and international health.

Dr. Bobb has presented at local, national and international conferences, developed workshops, and published in academic journals on topics related to mental health and culture, self-esteem in minority youth, early onset schizophrenia, cognitive behavioral therapy and HIV prevention. Dr. Bobb is committed to working with others to promote mental health through early detection and treatment, and increasing access to quality and effective care.
Tresha Gibbs, MD — Treasurer
Child-Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
New York University
Tresha A. Gibbs, M.D., is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist and currently a fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Child Study Center.

After graduating from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, Dr. Gibbs received her B.A. in chemistry from Princeton University. She earned her medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Gibbs completed her adult psychiatry residency at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). She served as Chief Resident at Columbia / NYSPI.

Dr. Gibbs has conducted research on biological indicators of suicidality in adolescents and co-authored a book chapter on neuroimaging studies of suicidal behavior. She has written about cultural psychiatry, the mental health system in the Dominican Republic, and recently completed a manuscript on mental disorders in Caribbean and African Americans in the United States.

Dr. Gibbs’ interests include administration in children’s public mental health services, infant mental health and childhood trauma/adverse life events.

Dr. Gibbs is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and was an APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellow between 2009 and 2011.

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