Chief Social Impact and Diversity Officer
Dr. Powell is a tenured professor, nationally recognized expert and thought leader on racial trauma, healing, and health equity. Currently, she also serves as Chief Social Impact and Diversity Officer at Headspace and founder of The EvidenceWatch Collective, Inc. She serves as an equity brand strategist for corporations, non-profits, and academic institutions. She is a routine media contributor and was recently named one of the top 25 essential voices on Black mental health. Dr. Powell serves on and leads several national advisory councils on racial health disparities in boys and men. She is a highly-sought speaker who has given invited testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel and House Committee on Ways and Means. Her numerous scientific articles have been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Internal Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, and Child Development. Dr. Powell has notably advanced the national public conversation about racial justice and mental health. Her scientific research has been covered by CNN, Business Insider, The Root, Refinery29, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Grio, Ebony Magazine, Vice, Tonic, NPR, Vox, Futurity, Forbes, Christianity Today, and Vibe Magazine. Dr. Powell received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. In recognition of her public service to boys and men, Dr. Powell received the American Psychological Association’s (d51) Distinguished Professional Award. She is also a White House Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow, and awardee of the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation academic writing residency in Bellagio, Italy. Most recently, she was named one of the 25 essential voices in Black mental health.