Karima Clayton, PhD

Karima Clayton, PhD

New York


Dr. Clayton received her Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she received her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University and her B.A. from the University of Miami with a major in Psychology and minors in African-American Studies and Criminal Justice. Dr. Clayton is currently a Clinical Psychologist at the VA-NY Harbor Healthcare System (Manhattan Campus) where she provides individual and group therapies in an inpatient and outpatient setting, to address various mental health related issues including, but not limited to, trauma, mood related disorders, substance use, sleep-related difficulties, and severe mental illness. At the Manhattan VA, she co-leads the Diversity Committee within the Psychology Department which provides diversity related trainings for staff and trainees. She is also the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council which has identified and implements initiatives related to diversity to promote a more inclusive environment for staff and Veterans in the broader hospital system.  Dr. Clayton has also engaged actively in research with topics including Race and Racial Identity, Race-Based Traumatic Stress, Minority Mental Health, Incarceration and the Collateral Consequences, and Youth Development.