Adrian Thompson is a current Ph. D. Student in the Clinical Psychology program at Howard University. Primarily, Adrian’s clinical work is with African American youth and their families. In combination with his clinical pursuits, Adrian’s research interests include looking at Heart Rate Variability in African Americans as a predictor of health functioning. Current research indicates that health disparities in the African American community are affected by a myriad of factors, however the exact mechanisms have not been adequately defined.

A current Ronald E. McNair Doctoral Fellow, Adrian has strong passions for increasing African American presence in both the academy and the clinical field. To this aim, Adrian plans to assist YDP in reaching its goals by offering both his clinical and research services to continue to support young African American men.



Julien Jean-Francois is a 4th year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. He received his B.S in Exercise Physiology at the University of Miami, and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Julien has always displayed a passion for mentorship, education, and community development. As a product of medical pipeline programs, he realized his journey into medicine would not have been possible without the sacrifice of programs such as Young Doctors DC and looked to get involved in an opportunity to support the youth of Washington, D.C. Having served as an educator in Breakthrough Miami and as an America Reads Tutor, Julien worked to bridged the gap experienced by students from less resourced schools. He continued that passion into medical school and has been recognized by the College of Medicine multiple years in a row for his exceptional work as a MedStar Student Educator. Julien aspires to become an Emergency Physician and has a strong interest in medical education in order to train the next generation of physicians to provide exceptional care to underserved populations and communities.



Mustafa Alam is a second year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. He is from Chicago and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Benedictine University. Mustafa also served as a community ambassador in the South Side of Chicago and is a part of many great organizations in strengthening the community. As an outstanding doctor, he hopes to bring healing to underserved communities in our nation and globally.



Ryan is a postdoctoral fellow for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas-Austin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in African-American studies, from Xavier University of Louisiana, earned a master of arts degree and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Howard University.

Dr. Sutton completed his APA-accredited internship at The Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He has mentored the young doctors since he was a graduate student at Howard University.



Ahmad Kerr is fourth year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Georgetown University, and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Ahmad has mentored the young doctors since his first year of medical school. Through such programs, he has garnered both interest and insight into the challenges that currently plague disadvantaged communities within DC. Additionally, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., where he formally served as the Director of Education for the Nu Beta Chapter. He is the immediate past president of the Howard University Student National Medical Association.

Ahmad’s areas of interests lie not only in narrowing healthcare disparities and increasing African American matriculation rates to medical school, but also in the empowerment and support of program participants in all faucets of life.



Marcus is a fourth year medical student at George Washington University and a graduate of Cornell University. He is the immediate past president of the George Washington University Student National Medical Association. Marcus has mentored the young doctors for two years.