Dr. Dennis McLeod II joined the Osher Center at Vanderbilt as a behavioral health psychologist in the fall of 2019. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida department of counseling psychology and completed his clinical internship at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. Dr. McLeod is a proud alumnus of Morehouse College; an all-male historically black college/university, Dr. King’s alma mater, and where Dr. McLeod developed a fervor for treating health issues in the African American community. Clinically, Dr. McLeod is a champion of patient-centered care and the role of the therapeutic relationship therein. He is passionate about mindfulness-based interventions and their use in treating chronic mental and physical pain, trauma, substance use, and issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. His research interests primarily include improving access and mental health help seeking attitudes-particularly in underserved populations.