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Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship


Walter P. Carter Clinic 701 W. Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-3522


(410) 328-0202

Education and Training


  • Xavier University of Louisiana, BS, Psychology, 2002 (cum laude) 
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, MD, 2006 
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, General Psychiatry Residency, 2006-2010 
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, 2010-2012 


Dr. Kim Gordon-Achebe is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is board certified in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry with specialized expertise in community psychiatry, school-based mental health, residential treatment, complex pediatric trauma, diversity, inclusion, and health equity.  A talented educator and national leader, Dr. Kim Gordon has dual appointments at Tulane University School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon is adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at Tulane School of Medicine, where she was creator of a novel curriculum guide for addressing cultural competency for child psychiatry fellows and later pediatric residents.     

Dr. Gordon-Achebe is Program Director of the University of Maryland Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and consultant of the Programs for Assertive Community Treatment  (PACT)-child division. She has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of pediatric mental health conditions, and provides training to medical students, adult psychiatry residents, child psychiatry fellows, and allied health professionals about systems of care, social determinants of health, cultural competency, and structural competency in psychiatry and medicine.     Dr. Gordon-Achebe has presented at many national conferences and her leadership has been instrumental in providing mentorship and leverage for many psychiatrists to develop educational resources, networks and supports to advance the cause of mental health equity.  

Her research interests involve trauma, human trafficking, diversity, inclusion and equity in medical training, and integrating non-traditional and family supports in residential treatment and school based settings. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

trauma-informed care, community psychiatry, social determinants of mental health, school-based mental health, residential treatment, anti-racism, social justice, diversity, health equity, and inclusion, mentorship, psychiatric education, curriculum development, structural and cultural competency, and human trafficking.

Highlighted Publications


Gordon-Achebe, K., Hairston, D. R., Miller, S., Legha, R., & Starks, S. (2019). Origins of racism in American medicine and psychiatry. Racism and Psychiatry, 3-19. 

Abstracts and/or Proceedings 

Potash, M. N., Gordon, K. A., & Conrad, K. L. (2009). Persistent psychosis and medical complications after a single ingestion of MDMA “Ecstasy”: a case report and review of the literature. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 6(7), 40. 

Walkup, J.,  Strawn, J.,  Ghalib,  K.,  Gordon,  K.,  Murphy, T., Pine,   D., Robb,  A.,  Rynn, M.,  Wilens, T.,  Thornton,  C., Hellwege,  S., Gupta, E.  (2020)  American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & American Psychiatric Association : Parents’  Medication  Guide: Anxiety Disorders.

Clinical Specialty Details

community psychiatry, school based mental, programs for assertive community treatment, mobile treatment, & residency and fellowship education and training. 

Awards and Affiliations


American Psychiatric Association (APA ); SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Award 2010-2012

Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership (WEL) 2.0 Scholars Cohort 2021



American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/American Association of Community Psychiatrists ( AACAP/AACP); CALOCUS-CASII, Governing Body

American Psychiatric Association (APA); Membership Committee, Chair 

Greater Baltimore Regional Integrated Crisis System Partnership (GBRICS); Community, member

National Council for Mental Wellbeing; Medical Director Institute, member

American Psychiatric Association (APA); Caucus of Black Psychiatrist, Immediate Past President