Dr. Mekeshia Bates, a doctorally-prepared adult psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC. Dr. Bates is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). She completed her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH earning a Masters of Science in Nursing (focus on Adult Psychiatric/ Mental Health), a Masters in Public Health (focus on Health Policy and Administration), and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She is also the first nurse to complete the Cleveland (OH) Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Bates is a published author and has conducted numerous presentations on her research on genetic testing, African American males, quality improvement, and mental health.