Dr. Hankerson is a Co-Director of the Columbia University Wellness Center and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has been awarded over $1 Million in grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Brain and Behavior Foundation, New York State Office of Mental Health, and private foundations to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and increase access to mental health services in communities of color. Dr. Hankerson is a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), an evidence-based mental health literacy training and has delivered this training to men, clergy, community members with serious mental illness, and healthcare professionals.
He has been a keynote or featured speaker at the White House Dialogue on Men’s Health, the White House Making Healthcare Better Series, the NCAA Student-Athlete Mental Health Symposium, the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and the National Council for Behavioral Health. He also worked with retired NFL player, Dwight Hollier, to implement a program focused on reducing depression stigma among men.
Dr. Hankerson published the first-ever depression screening study in African American Churches. This study found higher rates of depression among men compared to women. As a panelist for the White House ‘Making Healthcare Better Series,’ he highlighted how engaging multiple levels (e.g., community settings like barber shops, family members, policy-makers) increase awareness and access to mental health care. He was appointed to the American Psychiatric Association Council for Minority Health and Health Disparities and the inaugural APA Council of Faith and Community Partnerships. As a clinician, Dr. Hankerson provides direct psychiatric care to patients at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Harlem, New York.