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Dr. Annelle B. Primm

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1956
Birth Location:
Geneva,

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1956
Birth Location:
Geneva
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Biography

Annelle Beneé Primm was born on January 26, 1956 in Geneva, Switzerland. Her mother was a music teacher and her father a physician. She lived in Switzerland until she was four years old while her father was attending medical school. After earning his medical degree, her father moved the family to his native New York. She grew up in the bedroom community of New Rochelle and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1972.

Although she received an academic scholarship to the University of Virginia, Primm decided to attend Harvard-Radcliffe in Boston. She earned her bachelor's of arts degree in biology in 1976. Despite taking off the second semester of her junior year to help care for her mother who was dying of cancer, she graduated with her class. In 1980, Primm earned her medical degree from Howard University. After completing her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, she earned her MPH degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1985.

While at Hopkins in 1985, she co-founded a program called COSTAR (Community Support Treatment and Rehabilitation), which provided in-home mental health treatment to patients. From 1985 until 1986, she worked as a psychiatrist at Provident Hospital in Baltimore. During this time she also worked as the director of the City Division of Springfield State Hospital, a Maryland psychiatric hospital. She also worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1980 until 2004. She held a variety of positions at Hopkins including, staff psychiatrist, associate professor and the Director of Community Psychiatry.

In 1999, Primm produced a videotape called Black and Blue that highlighted depression in the African American community and encouraged minorities to seek treatment for mental illness. In 2001, she produced Gray and Blue, which helps senior citizens recognize and treat depression.

Currently, Primm works as the Director of Minority and National Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association. She also maintains a small private practice and is a psychiatric consultant to On Our Own, a drop-in center for adults with mental illness. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the recipient of numerous awards for her work in community psychiatry.

She lives in Baltimore, Maryland her husband, Herbert, and daughter, India.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Annelle B. Primm's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her ancestry and grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes childhood holidays and her mother teaching the children music
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in New Rochelle, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her grade school experience in Huntington, New York and her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about her elementary school teachers and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her religious education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm remembers her family's home in New Rochelle, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about her experience at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about her aspiration to become a physician during her early teenage years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about her experience at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about New Rochelle, New York and her interest in Harvard-Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm remembers her University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia scholarship offer and her choice to attend Harvard-Radcliffe College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about her life at Harvard-Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about her mother's struggle with breast cancer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Annelle Primm talks about the black community at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm remembers coping with her mother's cancer and supporting her younger sisters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes her experience at Howard University College of Medicine, her first experience at an all-black school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm explains how she chose to specialize in psychiatry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about COSTAR (Community Support Treatment and Rehabilitation) the first urban support program for the severely mentally ill
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about mental health disparities in the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm reflects on the stigma around mental illness in the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes 'Black and Blue,' her video-series on depression in the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about how collaboration between the religious and mental health communities can improve the quality of mental health services
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about needed changes in the African American community's relationship to therapy and psychiatry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes common mental illnesses in the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about combatting stigma against mental healthcare in the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm reflects on the cost of mental healthcare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm talks about the state of the field of psychiatry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm gives advice about pursuing a mental health career as an African American
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Annelle B. Primm narrates her photographs, pt. 2