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Full Circle with Dr. Derek Suite

By on July 9, 2013

Healthy Black Men is proud to welcome Derek H. Suite, M.D., M.S. to our amazing team of Contributors. He has considerable experience and expertise in helping individuals who must perform in mission-critical, high profile, or high stress situations 

Dr. Suite is the Founder and CEO of Full Circle Health (FCH), a nationally recognized New York based community practice devoted to providing culturally competent, spiritually sensitive psychiatric and psychological services. Since 1999, FCH has provided its unique brand of caring to over 250,000 families living in the urban context and is currently contracted to provide consultation to a variety of social services agencies.  Under Dr. Suite’s clinical direction, FCH has also gained recognition as an interdisciplinary field instruction site for graduate and post graduate level clinical social work, psychology and psychiatric interns from several leading educational entities, including Columbia University, New York University, Yeshiva University and Nyack University.

Dr. Suite is also the Chairman of the Full Circle Life Enrichment Center, Inc. (LEC), an award-winning nonprofit 501(c) 3 that provides community education and technical assistance on mental health issues affecting communities of color.  Under his leadership, the LEC has received past funding from several foundations, including the Robinhood Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The American Red Cross, Worldvision, and the Dove Foundation.

In addition to having served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and on the advisory board of the New York Health Foundation, Dr. Suite was the former Northeast Regional Director for the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA).  An ordained minister, Dr. Suite (and the Full Circle team) currently provides psychiatric consultation to several leading faith-based entities.

Dr. Suite has appeared as guest expert on national television and radio.  He has been featured in the New York Times and Black Enterprise Magazine.  Dr. Suite received his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Science degrees from Columbia College and Columbia University in New York City and his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where he functioned as a Chief Resident.  Dr. Suite is a board certified Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a New York State Certified Evaluator for the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). 

You can look for his articles on a wide array of health and mental health topics right here and in our newsletter.

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