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Marcus Burrell, M.D.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Marcus Burrell is a loving husband, having married his wife in 2016 after meeting her on a blind date in 2013. He is also a proud father of three beautiful children: his most beloved son, Jamie whom he and his wife lost in 2018, and his twin 19 month old daughters, Alexis and Victoria.

Dr. Burrell graduated from Rush-Henrietta Senior High School in 2003. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his thesis in Computational Neuroscience,  building a mathematical computer network model of Parkinson’s Disease in in the Department of Mathematics. He graduated in 2007 with his Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Burrell was accepted to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008. By his second year of training, Dr. Burrell had developed a deep passion for African-American and minority mental health. He was encouraged by his instructors to apply for the National Institutes of Mental Health funded Program of Research and Innovation in Disparities Education (PRIDE) Fellowship. During his fellowship training, he studied the history and social impact of race and poverty in Rochester, learned how to foster and nurture community partnerships, design and co-lead research efforts with partners that would ultimately benefit the neighborhood.

Dr. Burrell graduated with his Doctorate of Medicine from URSMD in 2013, but was behooved by his passions for mentoring, teaching, and research to continue his work in minority Mental Health and Psychiatry. In 2014, Dr. Burrell was awarded with the National Research Service Award (NRSA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Psychiatry Research Fellowship in Suicidology through the URMC Dept. of Psychiatry. Based on his experiences with community engagement and activism during his fellowship, Dr. Burrell decided to found his first consulting business, Biopsychosocial-Emotional (BPSE) Behavioral & Educational Solutions.

Dr. Burrell has given numerous community talks, spoken at URMC Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds on mental health, race and implicit bias. He has hosted talks at psychiatric research conventions, given professional development, advised on research design, and provided consultation to the council for Sen. Maggie Brooks on trauma, poverty and gun violence. He has also consulted with the Rochester City School District on emotion regulation and mindfulness, and for private and non-profit health agencies about topics ranging from community healing after trauma, to the neuroscience of poverty.

Dr. Burrell is currently earning his Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) as part of the RIT Online EMBA Program Class 29, learning to transition his business into a company blending technology with psychiatry and social justice. He is currently in the design stages of developing cyber-based interventions to help identify and assist individuals in mental distress or demonstrating psychiatric symptomology using big data, biometrics and artificial intelligence; as well as working on technologies that will promote safety and screen for those at risk for trauma in this modern racialized climate through augmented reality and drone technology solutions. Lastly, he currently serves a VM Professional helping grow the virtual community, “Visible Man”, which is an online peer support network and podcast focusing on men starting out on their own personal learning journey exploring the intersection of masculinity and mental health.