Newly Appointed Poussaint-Satcher Endowed Chair in Mental Health

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kisha B. Holden, Ph.D., MSCR, as the Poussaint-Satcher Endowed Chair in Mental Health. 

Dr. Holden shares that her vision for the department is to work in partnership, build capacity, and nurture collaborations to bolster mental health initiatives at MSM. She plans to cultivate strong alliances with SHLI Leadership, the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity, MSM’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Prevention Research Center, National Center for Primary Care and Neuroscience Institute. 

Dr. Holden has dedicated her career to encouraging mental health and well-being among ethnically and culturally diverse families through research, programmatic initiatives, and the development of innovative strategies for informing health policies. She has placed a special emphasis on addressing the needs of underserved and underrepresented populations that are often overlooked, yet prevail in contributing to the myriad of health disparities. She aims to: (1) promote excellence in community-based clinical and translational mental health research, (2) develop innovative programs that improve accessibility of individuals to comprehensive healthcare, and (3) develop culturally centered, gender specific, resilience based prevention and intervention models for individuals at risk for depression. 

Dr. Holden earned undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees from Howard University in counseling psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in both the School of Medicine and School of Public Health. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree from MSM. She has completed professional leadership development trainings at Brandeis University, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). 

In addition, Dr. Holden is an Associate Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Also at MSM, Dr. Holden is Professor and Director of Research & Scholarship for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; and Professor in the Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine.

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