Dr. Denese Shervington has an intersectional career in psychiatry and public mental health. She is the President and CEO of The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES), a community-based public health institute, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University. At IWES, Dr. Shervington directs the community-based post-disaster mental health recovery division that she created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At Tulane, Dr. Shervington provides psychotherapy supervision for psychiatric residents. Dr. Shervington is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shervington also received a Masters of Public Health in Population Studies and Family Planning from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In 2006, she was awarded the Isaac Slaughter Leadership award by the Black Psychiatrists of America. In 2012, she received the Jeanne Spurlock M.D. Minority Fellowship Award from the American Psychiatric Association.


Navigating Hurt, Loss, and Traumas

This psychoeducational workshop will help participants better understand how hurtful experiences (e.g. resulting from violence, racist and/or sexist micro- aggression, death) result in: negative mood states such as depression, anxiety and/or irritability; and negative cognitions that result in hopelessness and existential despair. Participants will: learn about the impact of traumas on the brain and behavior and explore the stages of loss and grief. The workshop will culminate in participants creating an emotional-liberating art form to replace old trauma narratives.