Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham is a New Orleans native and currently serves as the newly appointed Executive Director and Medical Director for Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD), the Local Governance Entity tasked with service delivery for persons suffering from Mental Illness, Addictive Disorders and Developmental Disabilities within the tri-parish areas of Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. Dr. Dunham’s academic appointments include Clinical Assistant Professorships at both Tulane and LSU Schools Medicine. Her past immediate appointments were Assistant Secretary and Medical Director for the Office of Behavioral Health within the Louisiana Department of Health.
Dr. Head-Dunham’s academic and clinical leadership has fostered statewide advances in the field of behavioral health, where she has lectured, trained and taught, both locally and nationally. Her pioneering efforts have advanced knowledge, skills and application of the standard of care for co-occurring mental and addictive disorders. In her newly appointed role, Dr. Head-Dunham’s Mission and Vision is to develop MHSD as the “Center of Excellence” for all behavioral and intellectual/developmental disability needs, through partnering and service expansion, thereby becoming the known “go to” agency, “Where we change lives!”