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Phyllis practices child and adult psychiatry, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at New York Medical College, Emeritus Attending Psychiatrist/Chief of Psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital Center and Founder and Managing Partner of Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York. Currently,she serves fulltime as COMMISSIONER, NYS COMMISSION OF CORRECTION AND CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION'S MEDICAL REVIEW BOARD, which oversees the operation and management of local and state correctional facilities and secure residential treatment centers operated by the Office of Children and Family Services.
She has written numerous articles, books and book chapters on community and children’s mental health, prison health. Her interest in media extends from the NYSEC radio show on WBAI.FM, “Ethics on the Air” to championing the use of Telepsychiatry to reach underserved populations.
Phyllis is a past President of Black Psychiatrists of America and, in 2004, received the American Psychiatric Association’s Solomon Carter Fuller Award. The All Healers Mental Health Alliance, an organization that Phyllis, along with the NYSEC and the Social Service Board, was instrumental in forming, received an award for Public Health Leadership at the American Public Health Association meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2007, bestowed for AHMHA's work to bring hope and healing to survivors following the disaster of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy and the devastation caused in the mid-south/Gulf Coast by the Katrina and Rita hurricanes, tornados and the BP oil spill
Honorary Board Members