Dr. Cassandra Newkirk joined CCRS in 2005. Her career spans over 32 years of experience in forensic psychiatry and correctional mental health services administration. Most recently CCRS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Newkirk is now the Chief Psychiatric Officer, making her the psychiatric leader for the clinical activities of CCRS while adding oversight duties for the CCS psychiatric correctional programs. Immediately prior to joining Correct Care, she was the Director of Mental Health at Rikers Island in New York. Dr. Newkirk practiced general and forensic psychiatry in Atlanta with faculty appointments at Emory University and Morehouse Schools of Medicine, and currently holds a voluntary faculty position at Florida International University. Additionally, she served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Psychiatrist for the Georgia Department of Corrections. Dr. Newkirk has held a variety of positions on professional-related organizations including the American Correctional Health Services Association, Florida Psychiatry Society and the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. Dr. Newkirk received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, her doctor of medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in business administration with emphasis in healthcare management from Regis University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine and is board certified in general and forensic psychiatry.