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Dr. Patrice A. Harris

Chief executive officer

Board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, Dr. Patrice A. Harris is a psychiatrist from Atlanta with diverse experience as a private practicing physician, county public health officer, patient advocate, and medical society lobbyist. She has long been a mentor and role model, and served as the 174th President of the American Medical Association (AMA), the first African-American woman elected to that position.

Two themes that govern Dr. Harris’ professional life are a passion to improve the lives of children and service to others. A recognized expert in children’s mental health and childhood trauma, she has led efforts on both local and national levels to integrate public health, behavioral health and primary care services with support for employment, housing and education. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership.

Dr. Harris continues in private practice and consults with public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in practice and health policy. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine.


West Virginia University, B.A. | West Virginia University, M.A. | West Virginia University School of Medicine, M.D.