Dr. Niama T. Malachi
I’m a Psychologist who has dedicated my life to defying statistics, in order to serve as an inspiration to those in underrepresented, underserved, and unspoken for communities. In 2003, as a struggling teenage/single mother, I decided that I would use education to transform my life and the lives of others. As planned, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
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. Subsequently, I acted as the Compliance Officer, Patient Advocate and Director of Risk and Quality at a 146-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital. In 2014, I launched Serving the Under 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 am the Co-Founder of D.O.P.E. (Determined to Obtain Pure Excellence) Youth Development Program, a ten-week program that serves adolescents from under-served and under-represented communities. I am passionate about public speaking and have appeared on television as well as radio.
Colombia College Radio
The Process at WCRX 88.1 FM AND Wcrx.com interviews Dr. Niama T. Malachi. Discussing mental illness and how it correlates to Chicago violence in underserved black neighborhoods.
PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES
Creating a Culture of Compliance in Healthcare, 4MedPlus, 2020
Your Mental Health, Be in the Know, Black Mental Wellness Expo, 2019
Narcissism, A_Podcast, 2019
Black Beauty, WGHC 98.3, 2018
“Reducing Harassment and Hate: Help the IPA Build More Up-Standers”, Illinois Psychological Association Conference, 2017
“Gun Violence and Mental Health,” Columbia College Chicago, 2016
“Leading with Integrity”, Life Skills Fair and Conference, 2015
“Hip Hop as a Catalyst for Social Change”, CRN, 2015
“Psychology and the African American Community”, My13LA, 2015
“Mental Health Resources” Orange County Christmas in July, 2014
“Hip Hop and the Black Community”, Behind the Machine Music Panel, 2014
“Hip Hop as a Catalyst for Social Change”, Pacific Oaks College, 2013
“Moving the African American Community Forward”, It Takes a Village, 2011
Determined to Obtain Pure Excellence, Inc. 2015-2018
Graduates recognized by Governor Bruce Rauner,
Congresswoman Judy Chu and Assemblyman Christopher Holden
Best Program of the Year-National
Received by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (National Service Organization) for “The State of Black Male/Female Relationships Conference” 2013
Writing Snippets and Samples
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Why I Stopped Talking About Injustice and Started Fighting It
On November 24th, I decided that I could no longer sit idle and do or say nothing about injustice.
I refused to play the same role as the eight officers who failed to respond when Laquan McDonald was executed in the street. As I watched the year-old video of the 17-year-old being shot 16 times within 15 seconds by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while walking away from the police (contradicting Van Dyke’s earlier statement of being an act of self-defense), I was not only shocked and appalled, I was moved into action.