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Denese Shervington, MD, MPH

Denese Shervington, MD, MPH

Director, Youth Mental Health Academy Mentorship, and Youth & Family Cores
Child Mind Institute
Scientific Board Member, Centre for Society and Mental Health
Kings College, London
Co-Chair, Children Youth Planning Board Taskforce on Childhood Trauma
New Orleans City Council (R-18-344)
Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine; Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine

Denese Shervington, MD, MPH, is the director of both the Mentorship Core and the Youth & Family Core of the Child Mind Institute’s Youth Mental Health Academy. In this capacity, Dr. Shervington oversees a team of experts whose goal is to enhance the overall wellbeing of Academy participants by increasing both school and caregiver skills to support them. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shervington has an intersectional career in public health, clinical, and academic psychiatry. After Hurricane Katrina, she created a post-disaster emotional recovery and resilience division at the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, the community-based nonprofit public health organization that she founded.

Dr. Shervington is also a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. In July 2019, she testified before the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform on childhood trauma. Dr. Shervington received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Service and Advocacy and the 2012 Jeanne Spurlock Minority Fellowship Achievement Award, both from the American Psychiatric Association. She has authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals addressing health disparities, the social determinants of health, and resilience in underserved communities. Additionally, she recently published Healing Is the Revolution, a guide to healing from historical, intergenerational, interpersonal, and community trauma. Dr. Shervington also hosts the podcast Healing is the Revolution, in which her guests share and explore their healing journeys. 

Education and Training

  • Resident, Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Intern, Family Practice, Martin Luther King Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
  • MPH, Population Studies and Family Planning, Tulane University School of Public Health, New Orleans, LA
  • MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • BA, Chemistry, Hunter College, New York, NY