Jessica S. Henry, PhD
Vice President of Program Development and Evaluation
Black Mental Wellness, Corp
Dr. Jessica S. Henry was born in Washington, D.C. and raised throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, primarily in Northern Virginia. She received her B.S. from Howard University, M.A. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. Dr. Henry is passionate about the mental health of individuals in under resourced communities and has specialized in providing evidence-based mental health treatment services to underserved African American and minority youth and families exposed to traumatic events (e.g., community violence, abuse, neglect). Her research has focused on identifying race-relevant protective factors for African American youth exposed to community violence and racial discrimination. As a licensed clinical psychologist, her primary goal and mission is to provide the highest quality of treatment services to disadvantaged and underrepresented youth, families, and adults in an effort to enhance their success and mental and behavioral health.
After receiving her Ph.D. in 2014 she moved to Atlanta, GA, where she completed her Post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. In 2016, she became the Clinical Director for the largest youth serving homeless shelter in Atlanta. As the previous Clinical Director for Covenant House Georgia, she managed their health care services, and developed and organized their mental health program. She is currently the Clinical Director for one of Georgia’s higher security male prisons. In addition to her Clinical Director role, she is the founder of Community Impact: Consultation & Psychological services, where she provides a range of treatment services to individuals exposed to trauma, consultation to organizations seeking to become trauma-informed, and supervision to mental health professionals. She is also an active member of one of Atlanta, Georgia’s police department committees that is designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental health among law enforcement officers and serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Grady NIA Project, an organization whose mission is to empower abused, suicidal African American women to access behavioral health services.
Dr. Henry’s overall goal is to increase access to health care services and mental health interventions for disadvantaged, African American and minority communities. Because African Americans are disproportionately affected by inner-city, community violence, which in turn impacts their mental health, her goal is to implement treatment services throughout the nation. She is also passionate about creating and developing programs that empower African American youth and adults to succeed despite adversity and socioeconomic hardships. Blacks/African Americans are a very resilient group of people and she plans to do her part in contributing to this community’s continued growth.