Bio

 

 

I hold a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, am a Scholar, and Author who has dedicated my life to defying statistics in order to serve as an inspiration to those in underprivileged, underserved, and unspoken for communities.

 

In 2003, I as a struggling teenage/single mother decided that I would use education to transform my life and the lives of others. Since, I have achieved a Master’s degree with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, and a Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology. In addition, I joined the ranks of women in the National service organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, where I served as the Social Action Co-Chair and Co Chair of the award winning State of Black male, female relationships conference, for the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter.

 

Relative to mental health, by the age of 28, I earned the title of Director of Performance Improvement/Risk Management at a 108 bed psychiatric hospital, under the umbrella of a Fortune 500 company. Currently I act as the Chief Safety Officer, Patient Advocate and Director of Risk and Quality at a 146 bed inpatient psychiatric hospital. In 2014, I launched ServingtheUnder Served, LLC. a psychological consultation and research firm. The first publication from the firm was a novel entitled, “A Hip Hop State of Mind”, which explored the Social Psychological impact of Hip Hop on the Black Community. I also developed the D.O.P.E. (Determined in Obtaining Pure Excellence) summer youth program. A 10 week youth development program that focuses on core clinical areas. I am passionate about public speaking and have appeared on television as well as radio.

 

I have experience teaching research methods as well as African American history and culture at a post graduate level.

 

Bio

 

I hold a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, am a Scholar, and Author who has dedicated my life to defying statistics in order to serve as an inspiration to those in underprivileged, underserved, and unspoken for communities.

In 2003, I as a struggling teenage/single mother decided that I would use education to transform my life and the lives of others. Since, I have achieved a Master’s degree with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, and a Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology. In addition, I joined the ranks of women in the National service organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, where I served as the Social Action Co-Chair and Co Chair of the award winning State of Black male, female relationships conference, for the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter.

Relative to mental health, by the age of 28, I earned the title of Director of Performance Improvement/Risk Management at a 108 bed psychiatric hospital, under the umbrella of a Fortune 500 company. Currently I act as the Chief Safety Officer, Patient Advocate and Director of Risk and Quality at a 146 bed inpatient psychiatric hospital. In 2014, I launched ServingtheUnder Served, LLC. a psychological consultation and research firm. The first publication from the firm was a novel entitled, “A Hip Hop State of Mind”, which explored the Social Psychological impact of Hip Hop on the Black Community. I also developed the D.O.P.E. (Determined in Obtaining Pure Excellence) summer youth program. A 10 week youth development program that focuses on core clinical areas. I am passionate about public speaking and have appeared on television as well as radio.

I have experience teaching research methods as well as African American history and culture at a post graduate level.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

  • A Hip Hop State of Mind Pasadena, CA Serving the Underserved, LLC. Distributor: Amazon (2014)
  • Laquan McDonald: Why I stopped Talking about Injustices and Started Fighting It (2015)
  • Ten Reasons to Love Being 30 and Single (2016)

Community Engagement

  • COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO-WCRX FM 88.1-THE PROCESSMental Health Consultant-“Gun Violence and Mental Health” (2016)
  • D.O.P.E. SUMMER YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Co-Creator & Program Developer Honored and Recognized by California Assembly (2015)
  • LIFE SKILLS FAIR AND CONFERENCEWorkshop Presenter/Panielist-“Leading with Integrity” (2015)
  • CRN DIGITAL TALK RADIO On-Air Guest“Hip Hop as a Catalyst for Social Change” (2015)
  • MY13LA On-Air Guest“ Psychology and the African American Community (2015)
  • ORANGE COUNTY CHRISTMAS IN JULYPublic Speaker-“Moving Forward” (2014)
  • BEHIND THE MACHINE MUSIC PANELPanelist-“Hip Hop and the Black Community” (2014)
  • DELTA DAYS IN THE UNITED NATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCESocial Action Representative (2013)
  • 2ND ANNUAL STATE OF BLACK MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS CONFERENCEEvent Co-Chair, Panel/Workshop Director, Panel Moderator
  • National Program Award Winner- Delta Sigma Theta (2013)
  • THE STATE OF BLACK MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS CONFERENCEEvent Co-Chair, Panel/Workshop Director, Panel Moderator (2012)
  • DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INCORPORATEDSocial Action Co-Chair and Executive Recording Secretary (PVAC) (2011-2013)
  • IT TAKES A VILLAGE Key Note Speaker“The Truth of the Matter” (2011)

Education

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology                 2013

Los Angeles, CA

 

Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology

Dissertation: The Social Psychological Impact of Hip Hop on the Black Community

Activities and Societies:

TCS News Letter Staff Writer- “A Crisis in Haiti”

Tiffin University                                                                     2008

Tiffin, Ohio

 

M.S. in Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology

Capstone Research Project: Gangster Rap Caught a Bad Rap

 

Bowling Green State University                                           2007

Bowling Green, Ohio

B.S. in Criminal Justice

Activities and Societies:

  • NAACP
  • Kellogg Leader Shape Institute
  • Wood County AmeriCorps
  • Criminal Justice Organization
  • Spring Board Mentor

Professional Experience

Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

2015 – Current

 

Patient Advocate Director of Quality Assurance/Risk Management

 

Serves as Regulatory Compliance Officer for the Joint Commission, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Illinois Department of Public Health, and various City/County Entities at a 161-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital. Responds to, investigates, and implements corrective action for patient complaints and grievances.

  • Editor-in-Chief of the CLSH Press Newsletter
  • Acted as Chief Safety Officer and Chief Information Security Officer

Universal Health Services, Chino, CA

2011 – 2015

 

Director of Performance Improvement/Risk Management

 

Developed and implemented the hospital Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement program and Risk Management department at a 106-bed psychiatric hospital, under the umbrella of a Fortune 500 company

  • Awarded Employee of the month October 2011

Canyon Ridge Hospital, Chino, CA

2010 – 2011

 

Therapist

Delivered rapid stabilization through brief therapeutic treatment for acute psychiatric disorders.Provided individual, group, and family therapy treatment Utilized cognitive-behavioral interventions, brief psychodynamic interventions, and MFT Techniques.

 

  • Promoted to UHS Director of Performance Improvement/Risk Manager

Canyon Ridge Hospital, Chino, CA

2009 – 2010

 

Assessment and Referral Clinician

Provided telephonic and face-to-face mental health crisis triage, initial/point of contact assessments, intervention, and disposition in the Assessment and Referral Department; conducted psychosocial assessments in the Case Management Department.

 

State of Ohio Department of MRDD

 

2007 – 2009

 

Therapeutic Program Worker

Developed and implemented resident’s behavior support plan and individual treatment plan which included interventions for managing aggressive/violent behavior

 

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Crisis Prevention Institute-CPI Certification
  • Tiffin University- Cultural Competency Certification
  • The National Institute of Health-Human Rights Certification
  • Red Cross-CPR Certification

REGISTRATION

  • California Board of PsychologyPsychological Assistant Registration #PSB 36302License Eligible Illinois

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Psychological Association
      • Div-2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology
      • Div-8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
      • Div-18: Psychologist in Public Service
      • Div-35: Psychology of Black Women
      • Div-45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
      • Div-48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division
  • Illinois Psychological Association
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated (National Service Organization)
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