About Dr. Jessica Henry
Dr. Henry, Founder and CEO of Community Impact: Consultation & Psychological Services, received her B.S. from Howard University, M.A. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. 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 of a level-5 close-security male prison, the Vice President of Program Development and Evaluation for Black Mental Wellness Corporation, a contributor and evaluator for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Project, and a board member of the Grady Nia Project - Community Advisory Board.
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, families, and adults exposed to traumatic events (e.g., community violence, abuse, neglect). In addition to providing evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy, she has developed various trauma-informed services, including trauma response and coping groups, and implemented trauma-informed organizational models in non-traditional therapy settings, which include criminal justice agencies, homeless shelters, and educational programs.
Dr. Henry is dedicated to reducing and eliminating barriers to receiving mental health treatment for African Americans and minorities and increasing access to mental health care for individuals and communities impacted by traumatic events. Her primary goal and mission is to ensure that disadvantaged and underrepresented populations receive the highest quality of treatment services in an effort to increase their odds of achieving their full potential.