Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Advisor

I serve in the role of Senior Medical Adviser of the Steve Fund and provide consultation on a variety of mental health issues as it relates to college students of color. I work with the Steve Fund team on developing its Young, Gifted, & at Risk conferences and also identify leaders, scholars, and resources that the Steve Fund can utilize to enlighten the public about its work.

I got involved with The Steve Fund because one of my physician colleagues from Baltimore, Dr. Gregory Branch, is a family member of Stephen C. Rose, the person for whom the Steve Fund is named. Dr. Branch knew of my work in psychiatry and cultural diversity at the American Psychiatric Association and asked me to work with Stephen’s family in developing the Steve Fund’s first Young, Gifted & at Risk Conference at Brown University in 2014. I have been involved with the Steve Fund ever since!

As a psychiatrist, I am keenly aware of the increased stress and pressures young people of color face before, during, and after college, especially in today’s polarized society. I want to be a part of the solution by working with the Steve Fund to enlighten family members, faculty, university administrators, and students themselves, to understand the needs of students of color and be intentional and deliberate about instituting protective factors to optimize their college experience.⠀

In the future I want the Steve Fund to be known across the nation among students and families of color and colleges and universities as the “go-to” resource for learning about the unique challenges students of color face and for implementing strategies to maximize their mental health and well-being.