We are a voluntary Black-led team of professionals, practitioners and researchers in psychology who are passionate about addressing racial inequity in the mental health field.
Keisha York is a LISS DTP funded Organisational Psychology PhD student at King’s College London who consults organisations in strategic interventions for workplace wellbeing, diversity management and organisational research.
Keisha founded the BiPP Network in 2019 whilst reflecting on her lack of exposure to Black mental health professionals, academics or research pertaining to the Black community throughout her degrees.
Sarah is a clinical psychologist whose clinical practice and research centre on racial equity and decolonisation. Sarah’s experience of working within NHS mental health services, highlighted multiple challenges intersecting with her identity as a Black woman. Consequently, Sarah has campaigned, researched, and written extensively on the experiences of Black British individuals’ in the UK mental health system, both as service users and practitioners.
Sarah’s work at the BiPP Network is grounded in fostering and nurturing collaborations with other relevant professionals, groups and organisations, in order to build connection in a field that can be challenging for those racialised as Black. This is demonstrated through events she has facilitated, such as the 'Managing Anxiety & Finding Strength in Community: Reflective Practice’ series for doctorate in clinical psychology applicants and the 'Racial Trauma & Wellbeing’ event in response to George Floyd’s death and the rising racial tensions across the world.
People and Culture Director
Dr Grace Mansah-Owusu
Grace is an Organisational Psychologist who completed her MSc in Occupational Psychology at the University of Nottingham and PhD in Management Studies from Brunel University.
Grace works to streamline the network’s processes, strategise new ideas and new ways of working for the BiPP Network.
Deji is a Mental Health Advisor at a London University.
He prides himself on bringing young Black people into the field of mental health and helping provide psychoeducation to the general population.
Research and Dissemination Director
Ron is a Clinical Psychologist and CBT therapist, who has worked extensively with both adults and young people experiencing various psychological and social issues. His most recent working environments include working at HMP Woodhill.
As a Director, Ron is dedicated to changing the current visual landscape of clinical psychology and providing confidence to those worried about entering the profession due to the colour of their skin. This demonstrated by the ‘Reflective Practice’ sessions he has facilitated and guest-lecturing for the University of Westminster and Birkbeck University.
Idriss is an event and programme manager, with his day to day revolving around planning and delivering community-centred events that aim to empower members of the Black community with the skills and resources to tackle the issues they face daily. His work has afforded him the opportunity to curate safe and comfortable space for people to show up in their most authentic selves.
Idriss’s interest in mental health provision for disadvantaged groups, notably racialised ethnic minorities, has led to his involvement with the BiPP. After the success of the network’s inaugural event in September 2019, Idriss identified the incredible potential of the BIPP Network. As Events & Logistics director, Idriss’ favourite event was the “Addressing Men’s Mental Health” event as through the unique contribution of the panellists made up of male BAME professionals and experts by experience, the event was able to shed light on the complexity of the challenges that men from minority backgrounds with mental health health issues face.
Gabrielle is an Assistant Psychologist. Having completed the Mental Health Studies MSc at King's College London, she hopes to work within the field of Clinical Psychology, with a special focus on early mental health interventions for children and young people from minority groups. She is passionate about the de-stigmatisation of mental health and addressing the racial disparities within Psychology.
Gabrielle’s role at the BiPP Network as a Communications Manager involves using online platforms to create engaging campaigns and investigating the effectiveness of multiple BiPP Network projects for our target audience. Gabrielle’s motivation for joining the BiPP Network stems from her awareness of the lack of representation in undergraduate Psychology and she wishes to use her social media skills to educate, motivate and inspire students about various careers within Psychology.
Chinwe is currently employed as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner within SLaM after recently completing her PGCert in Low Intensity CBT at UCL. She is hoping to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology working closely with young people from racially minoritised backrounds to access culturally appropriate mental health interventions. In her spare time, Chinwe enjoys reading sci-fi novels, travelling and translating Japanese comic books.
Chinwe is currently working as a Communications Director within the BiPP Network. She is excited to work with like-minded individuals in improving visibility of BME professionals within the psychology and health fields. She was introduced to BiPP through the ‘In conversation with Black Professors in Mental Health’ webinars and was greatly impressed by the organisation’s work in exposing young and aspiring psychologists and psychiatrists to accomplished Black mental health experts. During her time at BiPP Chinwe hopes to spread awareness of the roles available for people in the mental health field.