Black Docs

Produced by: Tennessee State

  • Mo2:30pm - 3pm
  • Th10:30am - 11am
  • Su11am - 11:30am


African American Health – Black Docs is a thirty-minute program that features a panel of five African American female trailblazing doctors from different fields of medicine. Black Docs discusses numerous subjects of health that are important to the African American Community including mental health, healthy lifestyles and much more. Black Docs is produced by Tennessee State University.

About the Hosts

Dr. Tameka Winston:

Dr. Tameka Winston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at Tennessee State University. She has been working at the collegiate level for ten years in various roles. Winston teaches a variety of undergraduate level courses including Newswriting, Electronic Media Writing, Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, Introduction to Mass Communications, Survey of Journalism and Freshmen Orientation. Dr. Winston recently won the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Award. Her research interests include coverage of education related issues in the media, media convergence and the status of education in the black belt states. Dr. Winston also co-authored and published a textbook, Understanding the Speechmaking Process. Winston earned her doctoral degree and Specialist in Education degree at Tennessee State University, has a Master’s Degree from Austin Peay State University, and a BA from Alcorn State University.

Dr. Keisha Bean:

Dr. Keisha Bean is a licensed psychologist for the state of Tennessee with a Health Service Provider designation. She attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology. Both her Masters and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees came from Tennessee State University. During this time, Dr. Bean received clinical training and supervision from Centerstone Community Mental Health Center, Vanderbilt University Counseling Center, and an Internship at the University of Cincinnati Psychological Services Center where she solidified her focus on multicultural practices and interventions. Her postdoctoral training was completed at Vanderbilt University Community Mental Health Center. In addition to my private practice work, Dr. Bean currently work for the Department of Children Services and oversee treatment services for the Juvenile Justice facilities within Middle Tennessee. She is responsible for implementing evidenced based programming and facilitating gender-specific/gender-responsive programs for the department. She is an adjunct professor at Argosy University.

Dr. Crystal A. deGregory:

A native of Freeport, Bahamas, Dr. Crystal A. deGregory received her doctoral degree in history from Vanderbilt University in May 2011. Entitled “Raising a Nonviolent Army: Four Nashville Black Colleges and the Century-Long Struggle for Civil Rights, 1830s-1930s,” her dissertation focuses on the role of American Baptist College, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University and their students in the struggle for equality, justice and civil rights in Nashville, Tennessee. Crystal received her undergraduate training at the historic Fisk University. A proud Fiskite, the school’s small but mighty faculty nurtured her love of history as both a passion and profession. In May 2005, she was awarded a master’s degree from Vanderbilt for her thesis “The Color Divide in the Emergent Black Man’s Party: The Political Strivings of the Bahamian Colored and Black Middle Class in the Progressive Liberal Party, 1953-1963.” A former fellow of the National Visionary Heritage Fellows Program of the National Visionary Leadership Project, her research on Drs. McDonald and Jamye Coleman Williams was included in the 2004 monograph, A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak. In addition to being among the inaugural fellows of Vanderbilt’s Center for Nashville Studies (in conjunction with Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Sciences), Crystal was the recipient of the Bahamas Government Graduate Scholarship and Lyford Cay Graduate Student awards. In 2010, she also won the alternate award for the TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship. Crystal believes deeply in the unique mission of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and to this end, proudly serves on the faculty of Tennessee State University’s department of history, geography and political science. A regular contributor TSU Presents Black Docs 7 to HBCU Digest, she is also the founder and executive editor of, an online advocacy center presenting inspiring stories of the HBCU community’s past and present, for our future. Her work has been published in Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture (2011), Tennessee Historical Quarterly (2010), Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience (2009), National African American Biography (2008), Notable Black American Men II (2007), and Encyclopedia of African American Business.

Dr. Heather O’Hara-Rand:

Dr. Heather O’Hara-Rand, is originally from St. Louis, MO, and attained her B.S., M.S., M.D. and M.S.P.H degrees from Tuskegee University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Meharry Medical College, respectively. She is a board certified physician in Occupational Medicine and board eligible in Preventive Medicine. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College, Dr. O’Hara-Rand serves as the Program Director for the Occupational Medicine Residency program.

Dr. O’Hara-Rands interests through her training have primarily been focused on helping others to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle as it relates to eating, exercising, tobacco and alcohol use and overall wellness. She has interests that span the topics of obesity, cancer and workplace safety. Her topic for her M.S.P.H. thesis discussed the distribution of body mass indices in Nashville, TN in relation to the availability of supermarkets and fast food restaurants in various areas throughout the city. She is published in the American Journal of Public Health in an article that investigated migrant farmworker work safety perceptions in conjunction with musculoskeletal discomfort, working while injured and depression.

In her spare time, Dr. O’Hara-Rand enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and staying physically active.