Trauma, substance use and psychiatric disorders

Physician and educator, Dr Nzinga Harrison, talks about the comprehensive, compassionate approach to treating addiction they've developed at Eleanor Health. Directly tied to trauma, substance use and psychiatric disorders can be healed using a whole person approach. Interview by Meagen Gibson.

Dr Nzinga Harrison

A well-respected physician and educator, Dr Harrison is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, an innovative company built on equity and justice that develops mental health medical homes for individuals affected by opioid and other substance use disorders. As host of the In Recovery weekly podcast by Lemonada Media, she engages a large audience on topics related to addiction. As Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Board of Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, Inc., she leads advocacy at the intersection of health and criminal justice.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology with Spanish and Chemistry minors at Howard University, completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed General Psychiatry Residency at Emory University.

She is Board-Certified in both Adult General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has spent her career treating individuals with Serious Persistent Mental Illness and Addictive Diseases and advocating for stigma reduction, justice and equity in healthcare. Currently, she holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and is Campaign Psychiatrist for Let’s Get Mentally Fit, a public education and stigma-reduction campaign.

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