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Dr. Carlton Payne has more than 30 years of experience in the field of psychology. He earned his BA in psychology from LaSalle University, his MS in Counseling Psychology from Villanova University and his PhD. in Educational Psychology from Temple University. He has taught college and graduate students and served as the Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health for the City of Philadelphia Prison System. His areas of expertise include Forensic Psychology, Psychological Testing/Assessment, Learning Abilities/Disabilities, Mediation/Dispute Resolution, Suicide Prevention/Grief Counseling, Diversity/Multicultural Education, Anger Management, and Curriculum Design.
Dr. Ayo Maria Gooden (AKA Dr. Ayo Sanyika) is a graduate of Lincoln University in PA the first, degree granting institution of higher education for Blacks in the USA. She earned her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She is a Board Certified African-Centered/Black Psychologist, the Immediate Past President of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists (DVABPsi), a licensed psychologist in PA, and an Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified Therapist in full-time private practice in West Chester, PA. Prior to COVID, Dr. Ayo worked with children and families but now that she is a virtual psychologist, she only works with individuals and couples specializing in race-based trauma and relationship issues. Dr. Ayo has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, designed civil service exams, and served as a clinical supervisor. She is a trainer, consultant, expert witness, public speaker, former radio host (Don’t Get It Twisted), and author. She is the author of A Single Bracelet Does Not Jingle: Finding Your Ideal Love Partner, Making Love Last and Ending Unhealthy Relationships: A Multi-Racial Examination of Love Relationships. Dr. Ayo is the co-founder of Black Love Partners, a matchmaking service for Blacks @blovepartners.
Dr. Faruq Iman, works as a full time private practice psychologist and holistic practitioner. While trained as a social psychologist, he now specializes in African and health psychology. He earned his B.A. degree from Lincoln University in PA, a M.Ed. from Antioch University, a Ph.D. from Temple University, and additional certificates from Columbia and Villanova Universities and the Bodhise Holistic Institute.
Dr. Ingrid K. Tulloch earned a BA in psychology with special honors at Hunter College and completed a Ph.D. in Psychology at the City University of New York. Her doctoral research examined the neurochemical and behavioral outcomes of methamphetamine neurotoxicity. Upon acquiring her doctoral degree, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Molecular Neuropsychiatry Branch of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse to examine the epigenetic mechanisms of addiction. After a brief period at Stevenson University's psychology department, Dr. Tulloch is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of the Animal Research Infrastructure Core, and Principal Investigator for the Neurobiology of Risky Health Behavior Lab at Morgan State University. As an NIH-funded scholar, her research focuses on the biopsychosocial factors that predict risky health behaviors, and poor health outcomes such as addiction and immune system dysregulation in minoritized populations. Dr. Tulloch is currently the Vice President and President elect of Delaware Valley Association for Black Psychologists.
Dr. Tashekah Smith is a Clinical Psychologist, with a certificate in human and cultural diversity, she provides treatment and is the co-Leader of a substance abuse treatment program. The Patients she serves experience a variety of mental illnesses, to include substance use, trauma, depression, anxiety and thought disorders. Many of these Patients also suffer from complex medical issues. Dr. Smith and her team empower Patients in the grip of the opioid epidemic to be hopeful, find meaning in their lives, and achieve recovery. The whole health of the Patient and their resilience is a vital part of their recovery. Dr. Smith is the President of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists, and served in multiple roles beforehand, she is a religious group leader and is active within her community.
LaTanya E. Jones, M.S.M., NIC, is a nationally certified sign language interpreter with seventeen years of experience. In addition to her National Interpreter Certification (NIC), she has worked in many professional and video relay settings and specializes in healthcare interpreting. LaTanya is the Principal Investigator and Project Director of Project Level Up: Increasing Healthcare Interpreter Competencies at the CATIE Center of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. LaTanya is an adjunct professor in the Interpreter Education Program at the Community College of Philadelphia and the University of Southern Maine. She has also taught at Camden County College. LaTanya presents nationally on topics and issues concerning the sign language interpreting profession. In addition to her interpreting work, she is also a practicing Psychotherapist and Sex Therapist. A staunch, lifelong advocate for education, LaTanya earned an Associate in Applied Science in American Sign Language/English interpreting from the Community College of Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University; continued her studies in ASL linguistics at Gallaudet University and earned a Master of Science in Management from Rosemont College. LaTanya recently completed an MSW and an MEd in Human Sexuality at Widener University. She has also a Certified Problem Gambling Counselor and a Brainspotting practitioner.
Dr. Janice Hoffman Willis is a retired certified School Psychologist. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University (TSU), her Masters’ Degree in School Psychology from Millersville University, and her Doctorate in Education from Temple University, (1985). For over 25 years, she worked as a School Psychologist in the Chester Upland School District and two years as a Staff Psychologist with the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center (PPC), in addition to serving in numerous administrative positions. Her area of interest while working was to assess whether a student's not being taught was the reason for poor academic success as opposed to needing special education. She is a Due Process Hearing Officer in Delaware for Special Education Disputes. Dr. Hoffman Willis is a founding member and, currently the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists (DVABPsi) 's Secretary. She has been invited by numerous organizations to speak throughout the area on” The Effects of Special Education on African American Children”, “The Psychological Effects on African Americans Being Denied their Ancestral History”, and Parents' Rights under the Federal Individual Disability Education Act (IDEA).
Dwight Hood, Ph.D. is a Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Hood has over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of urban and suburban settings. His skills include assessment and designation of students in grades K through 12 presenting a variety of educationally handicapping conditions, such as learning disability, emotional disturbance, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Hood has performed duties such as intellectual assessment, social/emotional assessment, individual and group counseling, behavior modification planning and implementation, and consultation with parents and school
Judy Benjamin Henderson is the Founder and CEO of Empowerment Resource Associates, Inc., a Community based outpatient mental and behavioral health clinic. She is the first Black female owner of a State licensed Psychiatric Clinic in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her Philadelphia and Chester County offices serve as community education sites for Practicum, and for volunteer and work study opportunities for various Pennsylvania universities. She is also the founder of the Resource Initiatives Giving Hope through Training (RIGHT) Foundation; a community based 501 (c) (3) social service agency dedicated to preventing the spread of chronic degenerative diseases namely HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and diabetes through education. Judy’s graduate background includes a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University; A Master of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in organizational Dynamics; and a Post Masters Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from Drexel University. An international trainer and public speaker, Judy has led motivational workshops at the U.S. Postal Service, The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the National Minority AIDS Council, The Balm in Gilead, and The University of Mississippi, just to name a few. She has also provided ministry consultations, working closely with the Ministers of Health, in Ghana, Senegal, and Nigeria. Her latest book is “Entrepreneurial Ministry – The Catalyst to Community Social Change.” She is also the author of “The Empowerment Link Project” a faith-based Crisis Intervention Partnership Program written for the Department of Behavioral Health, Greater Harvest Evangelistic Church and Interstate Realty. Additionally, she has written articles for the “Continue Care Coordinator” magazine; and the healthcare industry Newsletter “The Proclamation”. She is also a founding member of “Playback Theater for Social Change” an improvisational drama team designed to bring community peace and reconciliation., she is a Due Process Hearing Officer in the State of Delaware for Special Education Disputes.