dr. audrey townsel
Director of Regional Operations, Wellpath
Owner/Clinical Psychologist, Calyx Psychological Services
Dr. Audrey Townsel has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years.
Earning an undergraduate degree in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, she went on to complete a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Tulane University and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida.
She received clinical training at the Cleveland Clinic of Florida’s Bariatric Institute and at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia in the areas of assessments, eating disorders, substance abuse, group and family therapy, and general psychology for adolescence, adult men and women’s issues. Dr. Townsel then transitioned into hospital administration by being appointed the Director of Strategic Planning & Internal Development for Friends Hospital. In this role, Dr. Townsel spearheaded the development of Philadelphia’s first Recovery-Oriented inpatient psychiatric unit and developed several initiatives to decrease the stigma of mental health illness.
Dr. Townsel returned to Tennessee in 2010 to become the Director of Psychology at Western Mental Health Institute. Shortly after, she began her career with Shelby County Jails as the Director of Mental Health in 2011 overseeing mental health services provided to the incarcerated throughout Memphis, TN. In 2013, she transitioned into the position of Health Services Administrator of the Shelby County Jails and Jail East. In 2016, Dr. Townsel was promoted to the position of Director of Operations for a correctional health care company with the responsibility of overseeing the medical/mental health operations for 8 jails in Tennessee. She is also responsible for the innovative program development that assisted in the operational improvements of two correctional facilities under federal consent decree.
Inspired by the lack of psychological resources in Memphis, Dr. Townsel established Calyx Psychological Services to meet the needs of the community and to continue educating and attempt to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Calyx Psychological Services has allowed her to become more involved in community initiatives such as being a board member of Memphis Mental Health Institute, chapter lead for the Memphis chapter of Moms of Black Boys United (MOBB) and creating a community service program Mind Over Matter (M.O.M) that provides pro bono therapeutic services to low income single mothers, while offering a training opportunity for graduate level social work and counseling students.