Building resilience. Facilitating growth. Supporting communities.


Dr. Shenell is a Brooklyn-based clinical psychologist who specializes in creating sacred, evidence-based space for adults, particularly those living with chronic health conditions and the accompanying biopsychosocial-spiritual byproducts.
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Shenell D. Evans, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Brief Bio


Dr. Shenell is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality healthcare. She recognizes her unique professional and personal position at the intersection of physical and mental health.  More specifically, she leverages her identities (i.e., Southern [Arkansas], cis-gendered, pansexual, polyamorous, formerly married, Black mother living with chronic/invisible illnesses) and areas of expertise (i.e., gender, sexuality, health disparities, ethnic/cultural issues, applied positive psychology) to help her clients.  

Regardless of where people fall on the illness—wellness continuum, chronic conditions evoke many issues: sense of grief/loss, sadness, anxiety, anger/frustration, physical/functional limitations, strained relationships, insurance dilemmas, treatment decisions, and, at times, treatment fatigue.  Folks who wish to reclaim their time (Blessings to Auntie Maxine Waters!) will need support as they grieve, regroup, and recreate their lives in order to foster life satisfaction and meaning DESPITE CHRONIC ILLNESS.  

Dr. Shenell provides expert support to the following:

  1. Women living with chronic/invisible illnesses

  2. Black people living in America

  3. High-performing women age 20+

*Accepting new clients.

Note: Dr. Shenell maintains a small practice in order to provide high quality, personalized services. All clients have access between sessions via secure voicemail, text, and email.



Women Living with Chronic/Invisible Illnesses

Resilience Coaching, Psychotherapy, Virtual Support Group


Black in America

Support for Persons of African Descent


Adulting Holistically

High-Performing Women Ages 20+





Jackson State University (Jackson, MS), 2002 – 2006. Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Summa Cum Laude. W.E.B Du Bois Honors College. Bill & Melinda Gates Scholar.


Jackson State University (Jackson, MS), 2006 – 2012. PhD Clinical Psychology. Diversity & Multicultural emphasis.


Advanced Training


Columbia University & New York State Psychiatric Institute (New York, NY), 2012 – 2015. HIV Center for Clinical & Behavioral Studies.

Areas of Expertise: Gender, sexuality, and health; Chronic medical conditions; Health disparities; Integrated primary care/medical settings; Inner-city/urban settings.


The Flourishing Center (New York, NY), 2017 – 2018. Certification in Applied Positive Psychology.

as of Expertise: Positivity; Engagement; Relationships; Meaning/purpose; Achievement; Physical health and vitality; Resilience; Human flourishing; Post-traumatic growth.



NYS Psychology License.

National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Personal Development & Life Coach.

HIV Science & Treatment Advocate.









Oral and written communication

Research and investigation skills

Social-Emotional Leadership

Mentoring, Teaching/training

Sense of humor

Flexible in ambiguous circumstances



Dear Dr. Evans,
Thank you for your kindness, compassion, and efforts. You are a truly remarkable professional. Best of luck in your future. You’ve helped me a great deal. Best Wishes
— Former Coaching Client
Dr. Shenell is very smart and astute about clinical psychology. Her background and experiences are quite varied, which shows that she is passionate about being the most well-rounded psychologist that she can be. I think she is a very independent person that has the ability to handle things on her own whether it be as a psychologist or a mother. I am very impressed with her guile and think she is a fabulous person.
— Former Supervisor
She enjoys a challenge and will go for it.
— Mother
...Caring and loving. Always thinks of how something might affect someone else before she takes action. She puts herself in other’s shoes which makes her very empathic and understanding.
— Friend


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