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, she is a consulting psychologist for an inpatient hospital that serves a large number of minority and homeless individuals throughout Georgia. Dr. Henry is also an active member of an Atlanta, Georgia police department committee whose mission is to increase awareness and understanding of mental health among law enforcement officers and increase access to treatment services for offenders with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Most recently, Dr. Henry founded Community Impact: Consultation & Psychological Services, a trauma-informed organization whose mission is to provide trauma-informed services to individuals and organizations affected by traumatic events.
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 American youth are disproportionately affected by inner-city, community violence, which in turn impacts their mental health, her ambitious goal is to implement treatment services across the nation, in cities like Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. 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.
In her spare time, Dr. Henry also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.