Executive Committee

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​Benjamin Roy, M.D.

Benjamin Roy, MD, is Medical Director of Abstract Medicine, Inc. in Midland, GA. His organization’s mission is productive and innovative research and development that integrates multidisciplinary theoretical medicine, basic science, and clinical medicine to target specific physiological mechanisms, rather than symptoms.


Executive Director​Napoleon Higgins, M.D.

Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr., MD, is a psychiatrist in the Houston/Clear Lake City Area. He currently serves as Owner, CEO, and President of Bay Pointe Behavioral Health Service, Inc., and South East Houston Research Group, Inc. He also practices as the Medical Director of Hold My Hand Residential Treatment Center and as the staff psychiatrist at Prairie View A&M University in the Student Services Center.

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President Elect

Cynthia Turner-Graham, M.D.

Dr. Turner-Graham is an adult psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate studies at Fisk University, and medical studies at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she received her M.D. degree. Psychiatry residency training was completed at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry in Nashville, TN.. She is the President and CEO of ForSoundMind Enterprises, Inc., provides workshops, lectures and experiences that facilitate greater insight, personal growth and more wholesome relationships. Dr. Turner-Graham is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology,  

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Topaz Sampson, M.D.

Dr. Sampson is a board certified, forensic-trained adult psychiatrist.  She received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College, M.D. from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, residency training was completed at Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Behavioral Sciences and Forensic Fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She presently works doing Telepsychiatry with Array Behavioral Care, which allows her to realize her personal mission to serve the underserved.  Dr. Sampson takes great pride in making competent mental health care accessible to those in need. Her professional interests include community mental health, advocacy, and forensic psychiatry. ental Science.

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Immediate Past President

Samural Okpaku, M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Okpaku is the Executive Director, Center for Health, Culture, & Society. He was former Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Senior Fellow Vanderbilt Public Policy Institute, and Chairman and Professor Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN. He has written or edited several books. His latest book-Essentials of Global Mental Health, was released by Cambridge University Press in May 2014.

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Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee

Danielle Hairston, M.D.

Dr. Hairston is the BPA Scientific Program Chairperson and has served in the past as the Member-in-Training on the BPA Executive Committee. She is currently the Director of Residency Training in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University School of Medicine and the Chairperson of the Black Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association. She attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and attended Howard University College of Medicine for her medical degree. Dr. Hairston was Chief Resident for the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University. She also has the opportunity to speak nationally and internationally about the impact of racial trauma and culture on mental health. Her interests include psychosomatic medicine, minority mental health, cultural psychiatry, and collaborative care.

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Council of Elders Co-Chairperson & Chairperson 50th Anniversary Committee

Altha Stewart, M.D.

Dr. Stewart, a former President of the Black Psychiatrists of America, and first African American President of the American Psychiatric Association, now serves as the Co-Chair for the BPA Council of Elders for the Association. She was recently elected as Secretary for the American Psychiatric Association and is the current Executive Director for Just Family Care Network (Memphis, TN), a federally funded System of Care program for children with serious emotional disorders and their families. She also serves as Director for System of Care for the Shelby County Juvenile Defender Unit (Memphis, TN).

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William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., DLFAPA, LMBPA

Dr. Lawson is currently the Medical Director for the Washington DC Superior Court Urgent Care Clinic and Consultant to the Institute for Reducing Disparities Through Research, Education, and Access to Care. He is Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD), Professor Emeritus at both Howard University College of Medicine (Washington, DC) and Dell Medical School (Austin, TX), Editor of the Journal of the National Medical Association and Editor-in-Chief of the Black Psychiatrist of America Newsletter.

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Mid-Atlantic/ Eastern Regional Trustee Region I

Tiffani L. Bell, M.D.

Dr. Tiffani Bell is the Eastern Trustee for Black Psychiatrists of America. She is a Quadruple Board Certified Physician who specializes in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Lifestyle Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Bell completed medical school at Medical College of Virginia, and both residency and fellowship at Bowman Gray/Wake Forest School of Medicine. She has worked in academic medicine and has held leadership positions in several national organizations including; currently serving as a Delegate from the American Psychiatric Association to American Medical Association, Young Physicians' Section. She previously served as the Residency Fellow Member representative for BPA, was selected to be an APA/SAMHSA Fellow and served on the American Medical Association's Minority Affairs Section, Governing Council. Dr. Bell is passionate about education, tackling stigma and implementing policies that promote improved access to care and minority mental health. 

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Southern Region Trustee, Region II

Malaika E. Berkeley, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Berkeley has traveled a long way from her roots in the South American nation of Guyana and the island of Barbados. She attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies then went on to achieve her Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine. While pursuing her residency in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Dr. Berkeley was presented with the Women Leaders in Psychiatry award.

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Midwestern Regional Trustee, Region III

Welton C. Washington, M.D.

Welton Washington, M.D., is currently serving as a Regional Trustee (Midwest Region) for the Black Psychiatrists of America. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an attending psychiatrist at Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and is the 2014 recipient of the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Award for “Excellence in Medical Student Education.  He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and is the 2014 recipient of the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Award for “Excellence in Medical Student Education

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Western Regional Trustee, Region IV

Dr. Wilsa M.S. Charles Malveaux, M.D., M.A.

Dr. Wilsa M.S. Charles Malveaux, MD, MA, completed her BA and MA in Psychology at Stanford University and her Medical Degree at Howard University College of Medicine, HUCM.   She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was a Chief Resident. Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux is a Board-Certified psychiatrist skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of an array of illnesses from anxiety and ADHD to mood disorders and Schizophrenia. Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux lends her expertise as a psychiatric consultant to the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), to a professional sports league, Olympic & Paralympic athletes, and multiple professional sports teams, and organizations.  She is also CEO and President of WCM Sports Psych