Ayana Jordan, MD, Ph.D was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2003, Dr. Jordan began an MD, Ph.D program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City. She completed a general adult psychiatric residency at Yale University in 2015, where she served as Program-Wide Chief. Currently, Dr. Jordan is completing her training as a Yale Addiction Psychiatry Fellow, with a particular interest in using her research background to address clinical questions in the Black community. She is committed to increasing access to addiction services within minority communities, both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jordan has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between, mental illness, substance use and stigma, and has served as an expert witness discussing the current mental health system in Sierra Leone.