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. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. She is a recipient of the Isaac Slaughter Leadership award from the Black Psychiatrists of America and the Jeanne Spurlock M.D. Minority Fellowship Award from the American Psychiatric Association. 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. She received the Champion of Public Health award from Tulane and was inducted into Delta Omega National Honor Society for Public Health. 

SAY YOUR NAME Workshop -  In order to sustain social justice activism and avoid emotional exhaustion and compassion fatigue, activists must place self at the center. This workshop will therefore focus on techniques to improve self-awareness such as naming, psychodrama, and mindfulness, which deepen introspective and contemplative practices. Interested participants will also have access to acupuncture as a modality to modulate anxiety and manage stress.