Phyllis Harrison-Ross, MD — Founder and President Emeritus

Child-Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
Commissioner, NY State Commission of Corrections

Phyllis Harrison-Ross, MD, practices child and adult, administrative and forensic 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 the secure residential juvenile treatment centers operated by the Office of Children and Family Services.

She is Trustee, Secretary of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of the Social Service Board for United Social Services, Inc., a NYSEC social action affiliate. She, also, is a Trustee for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Northside Center for Child Development, Public Health Solutions, Inc and serves on the editorial board of the NY Amsterdam News.

She champions and uses of Telepsychiatry and Videoconferencing to reach underserved populations.

She 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 as well as the Haitian earthquake. She was recently appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. She has written articles, books and book chapters regarding children and forensic populations; has hosted a TV program and currently co-hosts a talk radio show, “Ethics on the Air”, WBAI FM and