DR. ADIA McCLELLAN WINFREY
Dr. Adia McClellan Winfrey, also known as Dr. Dia, is a published author, psychologist, curriculum developer, and mentor to youth around the country. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology degree from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Dia created a group therapy curriculum that integrated Hip Hop culture and psychological theories. This was the foundation of her first published book Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.): A Hip-Hop Therapy Program for Black Adolescent Boys (African-American Images, 2009). H.Y.P.E. has been described by many as “innovative and effective,” and professionals globally are implementing the curriculum with youth ages 13-22. To date, over 1500 youth have participated in H.Y.P.E. groups.
Dr. Dia has spoken to global audiences about the positive power of Hip Hop. She has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, in JET Magazine, and on a number of other radio, television, and web-based shows. In 2012, Wright State University awarded Dr. Dia the distinction of Outstanding Alumni of the Year for her achievements in the field of psychology.
A community and Hip Hop activist since middle school, Dr. Dia, received the honor of Olympic Torchbearer at age 16 for her community activism. Grammy Award winning artist Killer Mike stated, “Activists need to get active. Like Dr. Dia, find something that you’re passionate about within your field of Hip Hop.” In 2011, Dr. Dia founded The HYPE Movement, a Hip Hop activist collective that has served over 2,000 people in Kentucky, Alabama, Illinois, and Georgia.
In 2009, Dr. Dia founded The H.Y.P.E. Communicator e-newsletter, which connects leaders in mental health, the arts, Hip Hop scholarship, and education. An emcee since childhood, Dr. Dia publicly emerged as a rap lyricist in March 2011 and is currently recording music for her debut project. .
Dr. Dia is the mother of four children, Donovan, Daymion, Ameerah, and Aidan.