Mpls psychologist receives award for professional excellence


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota presented Minneapolis psychologist Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya, executive director of the African


Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya
Photo courtesy of NAMI

American Child Wellness Institute and president of the Brakins Consulting and Psychological Services, with a Professional of the Year award at its Annual Conference, held Nov. 3 in St. Paul. The award recognizes a professional who provides high-quality services, exemplifies best practices, and demonstrates commitment to and leadership in the field.

“NAMI recognizes Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya for her work to provide mental health services to children, to address mental health disparities and to help more providers become certified to provide children’s therapeutic services and supports in schools,” said NAMI’s executive director, Sue Abderholden.

“She has also gone above and beyond her particular practice to work for a better mental health system through her involvement in the Minnesota Psychological Association and on the Children’s Subcommittee on Mental Health. We are very pleased to present her with this award.”

NAMI Minnesota is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families through its programs of education, support and advocacy.


From a NAMI press release