Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, PHD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist who is originally from Sierra Leone. She is Board Certified in Group Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Akinsulure-Smith is a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York, the City University of New York (CUNY) and at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has cared for forced migrants, as well as survivors of torture, armed conflict, and human rights abuses from around the world at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture since 1999.
Through the years, her work has taught her about the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue, highlighting the importance of self-care. Drawing on her experiences and research in this area, Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has conducted workshops addressing the importance of self-care for mental health service providers nationally and internationally.
She is currently the PI of an NIH-funded project to examine Female Genital Cutting among African immigrants and service providers in the United States. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has written extensively about service provision to and mental health challenges facing forced migrants, including recent scholarly publications in Journal of Traumatic Stress, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Human Development, PLOS, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, and Journal of Traumatic Stress. Most recently she was awarded a prestigious CUNY Distinguished Fellowship for spring 2019.