DR ADWOA AKHU


EDUCATION
                                   
            Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, May 1997
            Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York

            Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, May 1993
            Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York

            Bachelor of Arts in Human Development Psychology, Aug. 1989
            Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
              

CERTIFICATION            

            Board Certified in African Centered / Black Psychology. Aug. 2010
            Workers’ Compensation Board Certified – Auth #S13506-1B
            HOPE Trainer, January 2000
            American Psychological Association, Office on HIV & AIDS
            Clinical Psychologist License, June 1998 – #013506-1
        

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

9/06 - 8/08     Board Member of the Association of Black Psychologists, Chair of the General Assembly
9/05 - 8/08     Board Member – New York Association of Black Psychologists
9/03 - 8/04     President - New York Association of Black Psychologists           
8/05 - 8/06     Vice-Chair  - General Assembly of the Association of Black Psychologists
8/04 - 8/08     Committee Chair – Racism in the DSM ad-hoc committee Association of Black Psychologists


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS           

              American Association of Integrative Medicine
              Association of Black Psychologists             
              N. Y. Association of Black Psychologists                                                                       


CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

2/16 – Present            African Writer’s Circle
                                     Founder and Head Coach – Business coordination. Direct client coaching.   Supervision of assistant coaches.

1/06 – Present            Job Corps, Brooklyn, New York
                                     Mental Health Consultant  Evaluations, short-term therapy and psycho-educational therapeutic groups provided
                                     to young adult trainees. Applications reviewed. Recommendations and arrangements made for supportive
                                     services. Training and consultations provided to staff. Development of psychology internship. Intern and staff
                                     supervision.

4/00 - Present             Private Practice, New Rochelle, New York
                                      Author, consultant, speaker, and facilitator. Specialized in domestic violence, relationships, and spirituality.

9/03 – 4/10                  Sankofa Center for Health and Healing, Brooklyn, New York
                                      Founder and Director  Holistic health collective providing services and education in natural and holistic methods
                                      of maintaining and reclaiming health.

10/03 – 8/08               CONNECT, New York, New York
                                      Brooklyn Consultant  Facilitator of a wide variety of domestic violence assistance to community-based
                                      organizations including publications, workshops, and trainings.

7/01 - 4/04                  HeartShare Wellness, LTD., Brooklyn, New York
                                     Consultant  Psychological evaluations provided for mentally challenged adults and children to determine
                                     educational/vocational placement and for benefits certification.

9/99 - 8/02                   New York Council on Adoptable Children, N. Y., New York
                                      Consultant  Facilitator of educational workshops and support groups for the Post-legal Adoption Program that
                                      provides services for adoptive and foster parents. Topics of workshops and groups include: Bonding and
                                      attachment, Child development, Separation and loss, Grief, Adolescent development, Understanding child and
                                      adolescent behavior, Identity, What is adopting?, The bonding cycle, Parenting a child with alcohol and
                                      substance exposure, The sexually abused child, Kinship adoption, and Effective behavior management.

9/96 – 1/01                  Gouverneur Hospital,  Department of Psychiatry, New York, New York
                                      Ryan White Mental Health Linkage Program
                                      Psychologist  Psychodynamic and supportive individual therapy, initial screenings, group therapy, psychological
                                      testing, provided to adults living with HIV and AIDS. Clinical supervision provided to the staff psychologist and    
                                      staff social worker. Services provided off-site at Housing Works, the current linkage partner. Internship training  
                                      responsibilities include interviewing, clinical supervision, and teaching seminars.

9/95 - 8/96                   Gouverneur Hospital,  Department of Psychiatry, New York, New York
                                      Psychologist in training (outpatient)   Psychodynamic and supportive therapy provided to adults and
                                      adolescents, play therapy to children. Responsibilities include psycho diagnostic interviewing, psychological
                                      testing, family and dyadic therapy. Co-leader of a weekly HIV/AIDS drop-in support group.

                                      Bellevue Hospital,  Department of Psychiatry, New York, New York
                                      Psychologist in training (inpatient)  Conducted symptom management and psychotherapy groups, provided
                                      psychological assessments and served as a member of the treatment team.
 
 
Teaching Experience


9/16 – Present            Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York
                                      Adjunct - Division of Adult Education
                                      Provide dance instruction to adult learners.

9/16 – Present            MPG Consulting, New York, New York
                                      Instructor - Developed and taught the following CE workshops for social workers: Understanding Typical &
                                      Atypical Adolescent Development, Understanding and Treating Intimate Partner Abuse, Mental Illness, and 
                                      Mental Health.

2/16 – Present            John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York
                                      Adjunct - Division of Professional Studies, Office of Special Programs
                                      Provide training to police on psychology, mental illness and mental health.

1/00  - 12/07               Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York
                                      Adjunct Professor  Developed and taught:
                                      Statistics for the Social Sciences, Introduction to Psychology, Human Development Psychology: Child, Social 
                                      Psychology

1/00  - 5/01                 College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn, New York
                                      Adjunct Professor  Developed and taught:
                                      Introduction to Psychology, Theories of Personality, Theories and Techniques of Counseling

9/96 – 9/00                 Gouverneur Hospital,  Department of Psychiatry, New York, New York
                                      Intern Seminar Instructor,  Developed and taught the following seminars: Cultural Diversity: Black Cultures,
                                      Latino Cultures, Working with HIV+ Clients Gay, Lesbian, and Transsexual issues in therapy, Dissertation
                                      Support, Ethics

9/91 - 8/95                   Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York
                                      Teaching Fellow  Developed and taught the following courses: Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence to
                                      Death (Psychology Department) Introduction to Psychology (Psychology Department) Freshman Orientation
                                      Seminar (Academic and Instructional Resources)

9/87 - 5/89                  Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
                                      Teaching Assistant (New College)  Responsibilities included lesson planning, classroom instruction, tutoring,                                       and student registration advisement.


 
Professional Presentations & PUBLICATIONS

Akhu, A. (2018), in development). You Don’t Have to be Crazy to See a Psychologist.
Akhu, A. (2017), Nourishing Your Soul: A Simple Spiritual Guide to Inner Peace. Healer’s Circle Publications: New Rochelle, NY
Akhu, A. (2016), Healing the Sprit: 28 Days of Spiritual Support for Depression. Healer’s Circle Publications: New Rochelle, NY
Akhu, A. (2016), A Healer’s Guide to Creating Healing Space: Ungana Nafsi  Healer’s Circle Publications: New Rochelle, NY
Akhu, A. (2016, November). Using Gratitude to Heal from Domestic Abuse. CE webinar presented for Job Corps for ResCare
Akhu, A. (2016, September) Understanding Typical and Atypical Adolescent Development. CE workshop presented Association for
                Children’s Services staff for MPG Consulting.
Akhu, A. (2016, August) Ungana Nafsi - A Spiritual Guide to Creating Healing Space. CE workshop presented at the Association of
                Black Psychologists Annual Convention.
Akhu, A. (2015, December). Domestic Violence Town Hall. Presented by the African American Men of Westchester. Panelist.
Akhu, A. (2015, November). Using Gratitude to Heal from Domestic Abuse. Workshop presented at the Spirituality and Domestic
                Violence Conference for the Volunteers of America Organization.
Akhu, A. (2015, June). Healing From Domestic Violence. Workshop presented at Hope’s Door an organization that provides support to
                victims of domestic abuse. 
Akhu, A. (2015, May). A Conversation on Domestic Violence workshop presented at the Cast Your Net on The Right Side #NowWhat
                Conference.
Akhu, A. (2014, May & 2015, July). Mother Wit Conference. Panelist and workshop presenter. Topics: Domestic violence and healthy
                relationships.
Akhu, A. (2014). Creating Healing Space. Healer’s Circle Publications: New Rochelle, NY
Akhu, A. (2013) Rebuilding: A Men’s Guide to Healing from Intimate Partner Abuse. Healer’s Circle Publications: New Rochelle, NY
Akhu, A. (2013, August) Intimate Partner Abuse in the African American Community: Understanding the Dynamics to End the Cycle of 
                Abuse. CE workshop presented at the Association of Black Psychologists Annual Convention.
Akhu, A. (2012 & 2013 May) The World of Clinical Psychology. Interactive presentation for the High School Students of Gorton High
                School, Yonkers NY.
Akhu, A. (2012, May & October) Mental Illness. Workshop presentation for the staff of Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families,
                a foster care and family support agency.
Akhu, A. (2012, April & November) Adolescent Typical and Atypical Development. Workshop presentation for the staff of Edwin Gould
                Services for Children and Families, a foster care and family support agency.
Akhu, A. (2011) Metamorphosis: Journaling the Path from Domestic Violence Victim to Victor. Healer’s Circle Publications: New
                Rochelle, NY
Akhu, A., Melendez, F. & Ruggiero, J. (2011, January) Culture and Race in Treatment: Personal Reflections. Panel presentation at the
                Drug Wars & Laws: Addiction Treatment Through The Lens of Politics, Race and Culture conference by the New York State
                Psychological Association Division on Addictions.
Carole, G. & Akhu, A. (2008, November) Treating the Untouchables: Healing Homeless Traumatized Patients with Nontraditional
               Techniques. Workshop presentation at The Trauma and Addictions Conference sponsored by the New York State
               Psychological Association.
Akhu, A., Murov, R., & K. Baumgart (2008, April) Mental Health of Children in Foster Care. Workshop facilitated at Children in Foster
               Care: Development, Health, and well-being Conference sponsored by the Westchester Institute for Human Development.
Lewis-Coles, M., Akhu-West, A. (2006, February). Exploring the Power of Spirit Based Coping Among Ethnically Diverse College
               Students Workshop presentation at the 23rd Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and
               Education.
Akhu, A. (2006, September). Panel Member. New York City Post Adoption Symposium sponsored by NYC Administration for Children’s
               Services.
Lewis-Coles, M., Akhu-West, A. (2006, February). Exploring the Power of Spirit Based Coping Among Ethnically Diverse College
                Students CE workshop presentation at the 23rd Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and
                Education
Akhu, A. (2005, September). Panel Member. New York City Post Adoption Symposium sponsored by NYC Administration for Children’s
                Services.
Lewis-Coles, M., Akhu-West, A. (2005, August). Exploring the role of the African Spirit in Enhancing Psychological Well-Being. CE
                workshop presentation at the Association of Black Psychologist 37th Annual International Convention
Akhu, A., Imarogbe, K. (2005, April).  How to get into graduate school: Strategies for success. Presentation given at the 30th Annual
                Hunter College Psychology Convention
Akhu, A. , Kinsey, S. B.,  Meeks, I. P. (2005, March). The new millennium’s dating challenge: men on the DL. Presented at the Sexuality
                & Relationships Issues Facing Our Young Women in the New Millennium workshop sponsored by The House of Brown.
Bolling, J., Akhu, A. (2005, February). Staying centered in a hostile environment. Presented at the Check Out Your Mind: Black Mental
                Health Experts Discuss the State of Our Individual and Collective Psychology program presented by the National Association
                of Kawaida Organizations.
Akhu, A. (2004, November). Domestic violence in historical, political & community/cultural context. Workshop given at the Martha K.
                Selig Educational Institute Conference on Community Violence sponsored by the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s
                Services
Lob, S., Akhu, A., Mais, R.  (2004, September).  Custody and Visitation in Family Court. Presentation give at the Interventions for
                Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Clinical and Legal Issues conference presented by Children’s Hospital of NY
                Presbyterian and ACS.
Akhu, A. (2004, June). DV’s effects on the family. Presentation given at Working Together: Building a Community Response to
                Domestic Violence. Conference sponsored by the Child Welfare Collaborative of B.L.U.M.
Akhu-West, A.M Akhu, A. (2003, November). Panel Member. In the Best Interest of the Child: Issues and Challenges in Law
               Guardianship conference sponsored by Adelphi University School of Social Work.
Akhu A. (2002, June) Understanding the challenges of bonding and attachment for adopted children.
               Presentation given at the Understanding Adopted Children’s Behaviors conference of the New York Council on Adoptable
               Children.
Akhu, A.(2001, June).  Understanding adolescent and substance exposed children’s behavior. Presentation given at the Adoption:
               Happily Ever After conference sponsored by the New York Council on Adoptable Children.
Akhu-West, A. (2001,June) Attachment issues and challenges for foster and adopted children age
               six to eleven. Presentation given at the Understanding Adolescent and Substance Exposed Children’s
               Behaviors conference of the New York Council on Adoptable Children.
Akhu-West, A., Imarogbe, K., Hinds-Zaami, D.A.  (2001, April).  How to get into graduate school:
               Strategies for success. Presentation given at the 29th Annual Hunter College Psychology Convention
Akhu-West, M. A. (2001, April).  Clinical work with people living with HIV and AIDS. Presented at  Medgar Evers College AIDS
               Awareness Day.
Akhu-West, M. A., Seales, D., Timberlake, T., Thompson, H.  (2001, April).  The psychology of career development: perspectives of     
               African-American psychologists. Presentation given at the 29th Annual Hunter College Psychology Convention.
Akhu-West, M.  A. (2000, August). Creating and maintaining internal and external healing space. CE workshop presentation at the
               Association of Black Psychologist 33rd Annual International Convention, Ghana West Africa.           
Akhu-West, M. A. (1999, April). Stress Management with the recovering African American AIDS population. Workshop, given at
               the Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. Eastern Regional  Conference.