GDC Declares New Nationwide Psychological Well being Director


New National Mental Health Director

Dr. Ioannis Ioannou appointed

FORSYTH, Georgia – Georgia Department of Justice Commissioner Timothy C. Ward announced the appointment of Dr. Ioannis Ioannou announced as National Director of Mental Health, effective July 1, 2021. As Nationwide Director of Mental Health, Dr. Ioannouou responsible for planning and assisting in developing and implementing strategies and procedures related to mental health. He will also help plan, organize, manage and coordinate the provision of mental health services within the GDC facilities. He will also oversee the monitoring and evaluation of mental health programs.

“I am confident that Dr. Ioannou’s extensive background in providing mental health services will prove beneficial to GDC’s continued commitment to support our criminals in need of these services, ”said Commissioner Ward. “We are lucky that he will be part of the GDC team.”

Dr. Ioannou has held a variety of clinical psychology positions in both private practices and hospitals since 2003, including an internship with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. In 2010, he was named the Clinical Director of Sexual Delict Resource Services in Denver, Colorado, and later served as a forensic psychologist in the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at Georgia Regional Hospital and as an outpatient psychologist for admissions and evaluation at East Central Regionally active hospital. Dr. Ioannou most recently served as Correctional Psychologist – Clinical Director at Centurion / MHM Services, Inc. and supported the Burruss Correctional Training Center, Phillips State Prison, Augusta State Medical Prison, Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison, Pulaski State Prison, Bleckley Probation Internment Camp / RSAT and Georgia State Prison. Before beginning his career in psychology, Dr. Ioannou in the Greek armed forces.

Dr. Ioannou holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Arts from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Deree, the American College of Greece. As a member of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare, he is certified as a Correctional Healthcare Professional specializing in mental health.

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