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Cheryll Bowers-Stephens, M.D., M.B.A.
DHH Assistant Secretary for Office of Mental Health

Cheryll Bowers-Stephens is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Mental Health in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. She is a graduate of Spelman University, with an undergraduate degree in psychology and computer science. She also holds a MBA from the University of New Orleans and an MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans.

Her general psychiatry residency was at the Ochsner Medical Foundation, followed by a child and adolescent fellowship at Tulane University. Her clinical area of expertise is treatment of youth with co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability.

She has served for the past ten years in program administration and program development. In this role, she has emphasized the importance of infant mental health, services to at-risk youth ages 0-5 and their families, and collaboration at the community level. She is currently engaged in Project Legacy, an effort to transform mental health for the State of Louisiana.

Current Topic


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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