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The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity

Staff & Faculty

Madhuri Jha, LCSW, MPH | Director

Madhuri is a clinical social work and public health professional with experience providing leadership, training, consultation, and direct clinical practice to programs focused on integrated behavioral health services, health systems strengthening, trauma and resiliency, mental health epidemiology, and community capacity building. She joins Morehouse School of Medicine after over a decade of service in New York City and Washington, DC. She most recently was the Director of a New York City mobile psychiatry unit, in addition to being a professor of mental health policy at New York University and a clinician in private practice. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally as a manager to donor-funded health programs reaching vulnerable and high-risk communities. Her work history spans a diverse breadth of on-the-ground experience in a myriad of inpatient, outpatient, school-based, community-based, and mobile psychiatric treatment settings. Ms. Jha is a practicing psychotherapist with specific expertise in trauma and stressor-related disorders, psychosis, acute symptom management, cognitive behavioral therapy, and risk assessment and de-escalation.

She completed both a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from New York University and received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. A former NCAA athlete, in her spare time she enjoys being active and outdoors, as well as cooking, writing music on her piano, and traveling.


Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH | 

Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH has extensive experience in collaborative public health program development and evaluation within diverse partnerships. She has worked on curriculum development, event planning for meetings and conferences, grant-writing, and manuscript development. She served as a liaison between SHLI and the NFL and NFL Player Care Foundation to work with former players and their families as well as communities across the country to address mental health challenges related to sports injuries, transitions, and stigma as a barrier to help-seeking. Out of that work, Ms. Rachel helped to establish initiatives that address youth sports safety.

Ms. Rachel earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of South Carolina, her MA in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University, and her MPH in Health Education from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is trained in peer-to-peer counseling, has supported and advocated for sexual assault survivors, led women’s support groups, and coordinated resources at women’s community and crisis centers. Ms. Rachel has co-authored several publications, created a number of teaching aids and tools, and conducted education and training sessions across the United States.

Ms. Rachel is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoys running and has completed 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, full marathon, and obstacle races. She also enjoys live music, traveling, and attending cultural events.



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