Effie Moten, MD
Unity Day Human Service Commissioner
DK Group Human Service Commissioner

Dr. Moten is currently Human Service Commissioner of the DK Group and co-founder of Unity Day Youth and Family Zone. She is the former the team leader for Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery, Compassion Fatigue Manager for Mississippi Project Recovery, Director of Family Development Center for Detroit’s Woodard Academy, Director, of Child Studies for the Leona Group, Detroit Michigan, a published research associate at Wayne State University, & Michigan State University, Departments of Micro-biology and Immunology respectively, and President of the Professional Medical Review Consulting Company. Dr. Moten’s strengths lie in her love for teaching, thirst for knowledge and endless dedication to the promoting wellness and healing.

As Stress Management Team Leader for Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery, she worked to educate and to empower the work force in Metro New Orleans post hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. She manages a cadre of professional mental health workers who create and present stress management/self care seminars across the spectrum of city, parish, and state employees. Dr. Moten came back to Louisiana post Katrina to assist in the recovery efforts after spending two and a half years with Project Recovery in Mississippi working as the coastal area’s Compassion Fatigue Manager. She found herself one month after the disaster working at ground zero Pearlington, Mississippi where Katrina made landfall. She offered therapy and stress management to the crisis counselors and general staff for the project who tirelessly assisted survivors to find food, shelter, clothing comfort and emotional support in a surreal environment. These efforts were a culmination of years of training in medicine, practicing therapy, and program development working with families of children with emotional disorders. This was the first time that the concept of Compassion Fatigue had been integrated into a federal program of such magnitude and many innovations and creative approaches were implemented.

Dr. Moten is a native of New Orleans and a product of Xavier University Preparatory High School where she was a National Merit Scholar and an accomplished pianist. She attended Xavier University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, pre-med and went on to study Microbiology and Immunology at Tuskegee University before entering medical school. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and interned in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit. Dr Moten completed a residency in Adult Psychiatry at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute, Wayne State Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences followed by a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hawthorn Children’s Center, Wayne State University Psychiatric Clinics for Children.
Dr. Moten is a member of the American Medical Association and a member of the Family and Community Committee of the Louisiana Council on the Status of Black Boys and Men.

She is a Karate student who has earned an orange belt under the instruction of Shihan John G. Daniel. She is also an avid golfer, a musician and a patron of the arts who volunteered time and to support to the Detroit Symphony, Detroit Institute of Art and the Detroit Historical Society while living in Detroit.