08 Aug Dr. Gisselle McKell-Jeffers Promoted to Chief Clinical Officer

Youth Opportunity Center Inc. recently announced the promotion of Dr. Gisselle McKell-Jeffers to Chief Clinical Officer for the Muncie based youth service provider. Dr. McKell-Jeffers has invested a significant amount of time and passion into the Youth Opportunity Center over the years, completing her pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training in forensic science at the center, later to become licensed and appointed to the role of Assistant Director of Psychological Services. She is committed to the lives of the children and families impacted by the YOC, believing that every child can and will reach their full potential with a comprehensive approach to treatment. She brings this passion and dedication into her new role as Chief Clinical Officer and aspires to continue the mission and legacy of the YOC.

In her role as Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. McKell-Jeffers will serve as a member of YOC’s Executive Team to oversee all aspects of client care delivery in the area of mental health. Her primary responsibilities will involve providing clinical and administrative leadership for several unique and highly specialized psychological services including psychotherapeutic residential and outpatient treatment for patients, psychological education and training, psychodiagnostics, and psychotherapeutic consultation.

“In this new capacity as Chief Clinical Officer, I am humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to lead an exceptional team of professionals who live our core values and are dedicated to the children and families that we serve. Together we will press on with executing the mission of the YOC and being a beacon for our community.”  

Prior to her time at the YOC, Dr. McKell-Jeffers spent years studying and researching applied psychology at Coppin State University in Baltimore. While pursuing her undergrad, she spent summers in the spatial cognition lab of John Hopkins University in the Behavior Pharmacology Research Unit. She proceeded to pursue her doctoral degree at Howard University. During her graduate training, her passion for meeting the therapeutic and diagnostic needs of children and adolescents emerged after spending several years working within the school systems of Baltimore and Washington D.C. and completing externships at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Children’s National Medical Center, and the D.C. Superior Courts.