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Dr. Alvin Poussaint was born in East Harlem, New York, on May 15, 1934. When he was nine, he became ill with rheumatic fever and was hospitalized for three months and spent two months in a convalescent home. After leaving the convalescent home, Poussaint's physical activities were restricted and so he took up quiet activities, like reading and playing the clarinet. This heavily influenced Poussaint academically. After high school, he attended Columbia University and in 1960 received his M.D. from Cornell University. Poussaint completed his residency at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and in 1964 received a master's of science degree from that same institution. After completing his training in psychiatry, Poussaint chose to join the civil rights movement as it was taking shape in the South. With the belief that racism was the central mental health problem for the African American community, Poussaint thought overcoming segregation would be more effective for the community than individual counseling. He joined a team of healthcare professionals as the southern field director of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1965. In this position, he and his team provided medical care to civil rights workers and helped to desegregate healthcare facilities across the south. His commitment to civil rights did not end when he left Mississippi to join the Tufts Medical School faculty. At Tufts, Poussaint served as director of the psychiatry program in a low-income housing project. In 1969, he joined Harvard Medical School's faculty, where he remains today as a professor of psychiatry and faculty associate dean for Student Affairs. Poussaint is also presently director of the Media Center at the Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston. As one of the nation's preeminent psychiatrists and experts on race relations, Poussaint has written many articles and the books Why Blacks Kill Blacks (1972); Raising Black Children (1992), co-authored with Dr. J.P. Comer; and Lay My Burden Down (2000), co-authored with Amy Alexander. He is best known, however, for his regular contributions to Ebony and his work consulting for numerous television projects, including The Cosby Show and A Different World. For his outstanding contributions to the medical field, he has been honored with numerous awards and honorary degrees. Poussaint was one of the founding members of Operation PUSH and today lends support to the SCLC, NAACP, Urban League, and many community organizations.


 
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Dr. Alvin Poussaint , Dean of Student Life at Harvard Medical School, and I discuss how a black man can face racism throughout his life and still rise to the ...
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Alvin Poussaint: Dealing with the Black Psyche
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Mel Robbins Talks to Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint: the State of Education
Mel Robbins Interviews Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint at Borders. The two discuss the state of education in America, and how it's producing criminals that ...
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Alvin Poussaint: My Involvement with The Cosby Show
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Mel Robbins Talks to Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint: Origins of Come On People
Mel Robbins Interviews Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint at Borders. The two discuss how their book "Come On People" originated.
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Mel Robbins Talks to Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint: Inspiring Success
Mel Robbins Interviews Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint at Borders. The two talk about inspiring success in young people, and inspiring activism in older ...
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Mel Robbins Talks to Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint: Personal Responsibility
Mel Robbins Interviews Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint at Borders. The two talk about the need for personal responsibility; there are not enough social ...
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Mel Robbins Talks to Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint: Goals for the Book
Mel Robbins Interviews Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint at Borders. The two talk about their hopes for the book; to inspire change, to encourage people to get ...
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Alvin Poussaint: My Career in Psychiatry
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Alvin Poussaint: The Significance of The Cosby Show
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Alvin Poussaint: Controversial Articles Written by Me
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Whats wrong with mandatory minimum sentencing?
9/14/07. Dr Alvin Poussaint explains how the pointless disparity in powder cocaine and crack rock sentencing is inherently racist.
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Alvin Poussaint: Beginning of the Black Power Movement
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Age12 Javier Castellanos and Alvin Poussaint on ADHD
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GlaxoSmithKline Initiates a Multi-City Conversation Focused on Improving the Health
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Nancy Merrill Show-People Are Talking
Kathleen and John were asked to appear on the show, by Harvard Professor, Dr. Alvin Francis Poussaint, a noted child psychiatrist, with a particular focus on the ...
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Alvin Poussaint: Civil Rights Movement - Part 1
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