Dr. Alvin Poussaint

Current Position: Director of the Media Center at the Judge Baker Children's Center; Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School; Senior Associate in Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital in Boston

Brief Bio: Dr. Alvin Poussaint is a national expert on the dynamics of prejudice. He attended Columbia and received his M.D. from Cornell University in 1960. He completed his postgraduate training at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute, where he served as Chief Resident in Psychiatry in 1964-65. From 1965 to 1967, he served as Southern Field Director of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Jackson, Mississippi, providing medical care to civil rights workers and aiding in the desegregation of health facilities throughout the southern United States. In 1969, he joined Harvard University where he served as Director of Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School from 1975 to 1978. Dr. Pousssaint is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He is also National Director of the Lee Salk Center at KidsPeace.

Sample Publications:
  • Poussaint, Alvin, and James P. Comer. Raising Black Children. Plume, 1992.
  • Poussaint, Alvin and Amy Alexander. Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans. Beacon, 2000.
  • Poussaint, Alvin. “Is Extreme Racism a Mental Illness? Point-Counterpoint” Western Journal of Medicine, 2001; 176: 4