June Jackson Christmas

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Dr June Jackson Christmas is a psychiatrist, a former New York City Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services,[1] member of President Jimmy Carter transition team,[2] the beneficiary of Human-Services Award,[3] the founder of a community psychiatric program in Harlem - Harlem Rehabilitation Center.[4][5] Dr. Christmas served as a member of Governor Mario Cuomo's Advisory Committee on Black Affairs.
Dr. Christmas has served as vice-president of the American Psychiatric Association and the president of the Public Health Association of NYC.[6] In 1999, Dr. Christmas received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Medical Fellowships. She also was a member of Vassar's Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1989.[7] She is a former executive director of the Urban Issues Group, an organization with focus on issues specific to New Yorkers of African descent.[8] Dr. Christmas was mentioned in New York Times in 45 different articles[9]


Dr. June Jackson Christmas was born in Cambridge Massachusetts. She graduated from Vassar College and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Christmas left private practice to set up Harlem Hospital Rehabilitation Center and to teach at Columbia University. Her achievements with the Rehabilitation Center were later honored with awards:

Dr. Christmas was appointed Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services on August 16, 1972 by Mayor of New York City John Lindsay.[12]
In 1976 Dr. Christmas was part of the Jimmy Carter campaign as a health advisor, and subsequently as part the Carter transition team, led the transition of the largest federal agency - Department of Health, education and Welfare - from Republican to Democratic hands.[13]
In 1978 Mayor Ed Koch reappointed Dr. June Jackson Christmas as the city's Commissioner of Mental Health, Mental Retardation.[14]