Keisha York

Founder and Managing Director

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"The BiPP Network are a thoughtful and psychologically minded group of individuals who work hard to bring a wide range of timely, interesting and accessible learning events and reflective spaces to the African and Caribbean therapist community."

—  Dr Roberta Babb (Registered Clinical Psychologist and Registered Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist)

Keisha is a prospective Organisational Psychologist, who currently supports organisations in embedding equitable and inclusive practices which promote and sustain the social, emotional and psychological wellbeing of their workforce. In obtaining a BSc in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Southampton, and MSc in Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology from King’s College London, with Distinction, she has developed an extensive interest in mental health, employee engagement and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, organisational culture and change, cross-cultural psychology, and workplace discrimination. Keisha’s knowledge in these areas led her to investigate the psychological adjustment of employees to culturally diverse workforces as part of her MSc thesis; this research was nominated for Indigogold’s MSc Work Psychology Innovation Awards. Prior to this, Keisha facilitated mental health workshops for youth clubs in North West London, CPD courses on neurodevelopmental disorders, and collaborated with #WOKEWeekly UK to establish #WOKEWeekly Mental Health.

Keisha founded the BiPP Network in 2019 - whilst writing her MSc thesis - after reflecting on her experience as a Black woman studying psychology at a Russell Group University. Particularly, her lack of exposure to Black mental health professionals, academics or research pertaining to the Black community throughout her degrees prompted her to investigate the familiarity of this experience amongst BME students in the UK. Keisha designed and delivered the BiPP Network’s inaugural event in September 2019 which was attended by over 300 mental health professionals and students. The event’s success was acknowledged by Black Thrive, The Psychologist magazine, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Keisha was invited to the House of Parliament’s Black History Month Event to celebrate the initiative's impact. Through BiPP, Keisha hopes to provide a supportive community for registered and prospective ethnic minority mental health professionals to acquire insight, guidance and knowledge on accessing careers in psychiatry and psychology.