Founder and Executive Director

Bruce Purnell, PhD

Bruce Purnell, PhD is the founder and executive director of a community based non-profit organization called The Love More Movement.

Bruce Purnell, PhD is the founder and executive director of a community based non-profit organization called The Love More Movement. He is a psychologist, author, artist, speaker and community activist. Dr. Purnell is a direct descendent of Underground Railroad conductors, Station Masters, Freedom Fighters and Educators. Like his ancestors, he has dedicated his life to creating a world where Love, Joy, Peace, Hope, Purpose, Equity and Transformation are lifestyles. Purnell holds has a BA from Bowie State University; an MA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD form the University of Lagos.

dr.bruce@lovemoremovement.org

Board Certified Pediatrician

Natasha Ramsey, MD, MPH

Natasha Ramsey MD, MPH is a board certified pediatrician who is currently in training at Children’s National Hospital to become an adolescent medicine specialist.

Natasha Ramsey, MD, MPH is a board certified pediatrician who is currently in training at Children’s National Hospital to become an adolescent medicine specialist. She has dedicated her career to serving diverse populations and expanding the adolescent medicine workforce both here and abroad in the areas of reproductive health, family planning, HIV and teen pregnancy prevention. She is also committed to supporting the pipeline of underrepresented minorities in medicine and public health. She founded Gorjus Doc to provide guidance to up and coming health care professionals and has now expanded to providing health education and resources to youth. She plans to continue her work in global adolescent medicine and commitment to diversity with the hopes of becoming a leader and advocate in the global community; fighting to improve the health of teens around the world. She obtained her medical degree and masters in global public health from New York University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

nramsey2@childrensnational.org

Senior Child Life Specialist, Pediatric Nephrology

Nilu Rahman, MS, CCLS

Nilu Rahman, MS, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, Pediatric Nephrology is a Certified Child Life Specialist

Nilu Rahman, MS, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, Pediatric Nephrology is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She is currently one of the senior staff members in the Child Life Department at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and works with the pediatric dialysis and kidney transplant patients. Rahman works with children and their families in both the hospital and clinic environments. She helps children understand and cope with their medical condition and hospitalization, including preparing them for, and providing support through, painful procedures and stressful events. She also incorporates play, activities and fun into children’s medical care and treatment when possible.

Rahman has previously worked at Comer Children’s Hospital at The University of Chicago Medicine in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Burn Unit, and at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Emergency Department. Rahman has led international workshops focusing on child-centered healthcare, and has presented at several conferences throughout the country. She received her master’s degree in child development with a concentration in child life.

Nraham12@jhmi.edu

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Krystal M. Lewis, PhD

Krystal M. Lewis, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience at NIH. She has extensive training and experience in pediatric anxiety.

Krystal M. Lewis, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience at NIH. She has extensive training and experience in pediatric anxiety. She provides evidence-based treatments and preventative interventions to youth and families and collaborates with schools to promote youth mental health. Lewis is an active member and leader with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech. She also completed fellowships at Lurie Children's Hospital of Northwestern in Chicago and at the University of Illinois at Chicago for further specialization in child anxiety. Krystal.lewis@nih.gov