Cheryll Bowers-Stephens, M.D., M.B.A. DHH Assistant Secretary for Office of Mental Health
Cheryll Bowers-Stephens is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Mental Health in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. She is a graduate of Spelman University, with an undergraduate degree in psychology and computer science. She also holds a MBA from the University of New Orleans and an MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans.
Her general psychiatry residency was at the Ochsner Medical Foundation, followed by a child and adolescent fellowship at Tulane University. Her clinical area of expertise is treatment of youth with co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability.
She has served for the past ten years in program administration and program development. In this role, she has emphasized the importance of infant mental health, services to at-risk youth ages 0-5 and their families, and collaboration at the community level. She is currently engaged in Project Legacy, an effort to transform mental health for the State of Louisiana.
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This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
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