Dr. Patricia Newton, M.D., MPH, M.A., (Nana Dr. Akousa Akyaa) is presently President & Medical Director of Newton & Associates,PA, specialists in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. She is board certified in Psychiatry & Neurology with sub-specialty boards in Administrative Psychiatry. She has served as Asst. Prof. of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as well as a past examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry. She was Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at the former Provident Hospital (Baltimore, MD). She is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) where she served on the faculty after residency training at the Barnes Hospital Group before relocating to Baltimore. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (Baltimore, MD), a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology from Peabody College – Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and a B.S. Degree in Pre-Medicine & Biology from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and special courses in languages and culture at the Universidad Nacional Automa de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico).
Dr. Newton has served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Mental Health in developing media campaigns for HIV Aids and Drug Abuse. She has been a member of the Board of the Medical Acupuncture Research Institute of America conducted research in pain management and substance abuse disorders. She has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies in the area of diversity training, a consultant to the Congressional Black Caucus Brain Trust for health care policy development, and has been the host of several radio shows in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. She is a published author. She frequently lectures on a national as well as international level (England, Spain, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Brazil) as well as develops and implements international health related conferences and tours for physicians as well as other health care professionals. She is currently the President of the Black Psychiatrists of America and holds membership in many professional medical and cultural organizations.
Her practice concentration is in the areas of anxiety disorders (post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia), dual diagnosis, depression, and pain. She also works in the areas of trans-cultural and cross-cultural psychiatry as well as women’s issues relative to anxiety disorders and depression. Dr. Newton has worked with traditional and indigenous healers of South America, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa.
Dr. Newton is an enstooled female king and queen mother in the Ashanti region of Ghana. She is a divisional chief (Dompiahene) of the Agogo Traditional Area. In this capacity, she is one of the first females to serve in this capacity and has full rights afforded Ashanti royalty.
The Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA), established in 1969, seeks to optimize the mental health of people of African descent in the Americas and across the African Diaspora. The BPA has maintained close ties with psychiatrists and allied mental health professionals concerned about black people across North and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. As such, this organization has a responsibility to be a voice of advocacy to ensure the proper handling of any matter or initiative affecting understanding of mental health needs, psychiatric diagnosis and treatment of black populations across the Diaspora.
PATRICIA A. NEWTON, M.D., MPH, M.A.
(1985 – Present) – President & Medical Director, Newton & Associates, PA, specialists in Behavioral Medicine, stressing the interface of medical psychological and physicalillness and wellness.
(1980) -The American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
(1982) – The American Board of Administrative Psychiatry
(1983 – 1985) – Medical Director, Behavioral Medicine Associates, a multi-disciplinary group practice of behavioral medical specialists (physicians, psychologists, social workers and nurses)
(1980 – 1983) – Chief of Psychiatry, Provident Hospital – Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry in a community based hospital in Baltimore, MD
(1979-1980) – Director of Consultation Psychiatry, Provident Hospital – Baltimore, MD
(1981 – 1995) – Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, MD
(1982 – 1985) – Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
(1978-1979) – Clinical Instructor and Chief Resident – Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital Group – St. Louis, MO
(1969 – 1970) – Microbiologist – Department of Health – Nashville, TN
(1963) – High School Diploma – East Side High School – Tuckerman, AR
(1967) – BS Degree (Biology & Pre-Medicine) – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
(1969) – Master’s Degree (Molecular Biology) – George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville., TN
(1975) – M.D. Degree – Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
(1980) – MPH Degree – Johns Hopkins School of Public Health & Hygiene, Baltimore, MD
(1964) – Spanish Language & Music – Universidad Autonoma de Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico
(1980 -1995) – Acupuncture and medical research utilizing this modality in substance abuse and pain control
(1985- 2004) – African traditional medicine and healing systems in Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria
AWARDS & CITATIONS
American Psychiatric Association-National Institutes of Mental Health Fellowship Award
Essence Magazine’s Woman of the Year in Health & Medicine
Baltimore Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Women in Baltimore”
Maryland Black Nurses’ Association – Physician of the Year Award
Institute of Karmic Guidance – Human Insight Award
Black Psychiatrists of America – Delgado Award (Excellence in Trans-cultural Psychiatry) and the Life Time Achievement Award (Outstanding Service and commitment to underserved populations in the USA and worldwide in the field of psychiatry)
Towson University – Distinguished Black Marylander Award
Outstanding Arkansan Award – Governor’s Award – State of Arkansas (President
Special citation and quotation (2010) – Black Enterprise Magazine
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Black Psychiatrists of America (Currently National President), Caribbean Federation for Mental Health, All Africa Healing Arts Society, Medical Acupuncture Research Institute of America, PROMETRA (Association for the Promotion of Traditional Medicine), The International Society of Travel Medicine, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission and Meetings Professionals International (MPI)
PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST AND CLINICAL PRACTICE
Areas of practice include: The diagnosis and treatment of trauma, mood disorders and anxiety disorders including PTSD, panic disorders and generalized anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse disorders, chronic pain, public health and the interface of traditional health and Western Medicine as well as the interface of physical and mental disorder and women’s mental health issues. Treatment consultation: stress, trauma, and adjustment with impaired physicians, attorneys, clergy, police and fire personnel.
*International Lecturer & Consultant in Mental Health Care Delivery (United Kingdom, Egypt, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil, Bermuda, Trinidad, Jamaica and the Bahamas)
*Consultant to National Institutes of Mental Health in HIV Aids and Drug Abuse media campaign
*Manages an international travel clinic providing educational health consultation services and immunizations to international travelers that is a CDC approved yellow fever center
*Consultant to business and Fortune 500 companies in the areas of diversity training
*Consultant to the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust – health care policy development
*Motivational Speaker and manages an international speaker’s bureau highlighting national and international speakers in culture, spirituality, history, and health care
*Former talk radio show host with two radio programs (AM and FM) – now serves as a guest commentator on local television and radio in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area
*Owns and manages and international meetings and event company focusing on medical and health care exchanges and trade missions
SPECIAL CLINICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
*Created and developed the first dual diagnosis unit in the State of Maryland for the treatment of patients with both alcohol and substance abuse disorders in addition to a major mental illness
*Created and developed a highly successful substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation model that utilizes comprehensive treatment model which includes both alternative medicine (acupuncture, yoga, nutritional, and cultural therapy) in association with group and family psychotherapy. This model has been successfully replicated in Northern England
*Co-Created with a Jamaican psychiatrist the use of the socio-drama technique to treat chronic mental patients in the USA and the Caribbean
*Facilitated the integration of Western and Traditional Healing Systems and improvement of sanitary practices among traditional healers in Africa and South America (Ghana,enegal, Benin, Nigeria and Brazil)
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
*Karate (3rd degree black belt), cooking, traveling, cultural history including Egyptian hieroglyphics, languages (Spanish, Twi, Wolof, and French)
*Serves on the Board of Directors of the Royal Circle Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on health information and personnel exchanges worldwide and working with “at risk” youth in violence prevention Board of Directors of Womb Works, a youth music and entertainment non-profit organization focused on violence prevention and health information dissemination through the arts.
1. Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder ™ (PTSLD) (in press)
2. Empowering Women of Color (in press)
3. Ancient African Principles of Rightness
4. Y2Krazy: A Practical Guide To Keeping Your Children Secure, Sound, & Sane In The Millennium Of Madness
5. Handbook for a Melinated “Melatonin-Friendly” Lifestyle
6. Substance Abuse in Youth: Focus On Prevention Strategies In The African-American Community
7. Issues of Biological Vulnerability In Alcohol And Other Drug Abuse For African-American Youth
8. An Evaluation of the Cost Effectiveness of Day Hospitalization for Black Male Schizophrenics
9. Survey of Mental Health Services for Medical Students – APA Task Force Report # 17
10. Health Status of Blacks: Some Relevant Facts
11. Let’s Be Realistic About VD (Medical Student)
Dr. Newton is an en-stooled Queen Mother and Divisional Chief (Dompiahene) – Agogo Traditional Area (Ashanti) Ghana, West Africa representing one of the few women in the history of the country to be afforded such an honor.
Dr. Newton has served in the past as an expert witness for both the prosecution and the defense in criminal as well as civil legal proceedings. Such work constitutes approximately 10% of her practice.