Dr. Keisha Ross completed her undergraduate work at Clark Atlanta University a highly accredited HBCU (Historically Black College University). She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed an accredited predoctoral internship. Dr. Ross has practiced in schools, hospitals, independent, community mental health and correctional settings, and government agencies. Dr. Ross leads Minority Stress Resilience (MSR) Groups, working with people of color (POC), focused on treating race-based stress and trauma (RBST). She also maintains small independent practice focused on conducting psychological evaluations for children and adults; as well as parenting assessments and providing expert testimony for child custody evaluations and juvenile justice cases. Dr. Ross is an Adjunct Professor at Saint. Louis University, as well regularly guest lectures at Webster University. She volunteers in the community for faith-based organizations providing psychoeducation on mental health to faith leaders, to assist in decreasing stigma among the religious/spiritual population.
Dr. Ross was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to America at age three with her family. Guyana formerly British Guiana is known as the “land of six people,” as the population is composed of six main ethnicities. Hence, Guyanese culture is a fusion of all these ethnicities; and is considered a part of the Caribbean because it is the only English-speaking country on the continent of South America. Although, she was not raised in Guyana the culture was present in her travel and upbringing. Her exposure to numerous cultures provided her with a flexibility and ability to appreciate other cultures. Her childhood experiences and acculturation contributed to her ability to interact with individuals of many cultures and helped her to form a solid bi-cultural identity as an “Afro-Caribbean-American woman.” In her spare time, Dr. Ross enjoys spending time with family, gardening, traveling, and practicing holistic modalities such as Reiki, Mindfulness, and Aromatherapy.
New Horizon Psychological Services (NHPS) was produced out of the desire to educate and empower others. Dr. Ross’ passion lies in connecting with people and dispelling myths, stereotypes, and stigma concerning mental illness. She achieves this with emphasis on promoting mental health through training and education related to the impacts of historical/intergenerational trauma and its effects on help-seeking behaviors among communities; particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).
• Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)
• Missouri Psychological Association (MOPA)
• Past President of MOPA (2017-2018), and founding Chairperson of
MOPA’s Diversity Committee.
• MOPA’s Diversity Delegate Representative at APA/APAPO
State/Practice Leadership Conference in 2013, 2016, and 2017
• St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute Board Member