President and CEO
Term Starting July 1, 2020
Dr. Shanté Antoinette Bassett is a Psychologist, Professor, and Pastor committed to serve and effect change.
Dr. Bassett dedicated her studies to the field of psychology at 17 years old when she was afforded the opportunity to enroll in a college-level course as a high school senior. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland), then received her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. After earning her Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Long Island University (LIU) Post, she graduated with her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on severe mental illnesses, from LIU Post. She has 14 years of clinical experience in various settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities, colleges, and residential programs. She is currently Staff Psychologist in the Wellness Center at LaGuardia Community College, where she oversees the management of high risk student cases, crisis intervention, and clinical operations/best practices. Her clinical interests have led her to present at conferences and symposiums on topics such as trauma-informed care, help-seeking behaviors, and spiritually-integrated psychotherapy.
“Dr. B”, as her students affectionately refer to her, is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology for the City University of New York and Long Island University-Post. Although she had experience developing and leading workshops, her desire was to one day teach at the collegiate level. After years of perseverance, she began teaching in the Fall of 2013 and since then her passion for seeing students think critically and grow personally has continued to expand. Her unique role as both a professor and clinician has afforded her opportunities to train college faculty at various campuses on the importance of a holistic approach to academics, knowing that students often bring more than books into the classroom and require more than tutoring to succeed. She believes that understanding why and how non-academic factors directly affect academic performance and classroom behaviors is how faculty can move to a higher level of effectiveness.
“Pastor Té”, as she is known in ministry arenas, began learning and serving at St. Albans Baptist Church early in her childhood. After realizing and understanding that there was another level to her servitude and call to minister to others, she became a licensed minister at the age of 23 and preached her initial sermon. Her prayer has always been that God bless her with a melding of her professional and ministerial passions, and that prayer was answered when she was ordained Pastor of Counseling & Mental Health of The Excelling Church – Queens Campus in September 2019. As part of her ministerial responsibilities, she oversees ministry teams like Evangelism and Outreach.
Service is a core value that Dr. Bassett holds dear. From being a Girl Scout and receiving the second highest honor (the Silver Award), to founding a nonprofit service organization for and led by youth at the age of 16 (Youth Getting Involved), to developing programming to connect people in the community with appropriate mental health services (Excelling Counseling Team), she continues to do her best to serve and meet the needs of the community large. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, a public service organization, in which she has participated in community service and served at Chaplain in her local chapter.
Dr. Bassett strives to leave a legacy of service and academic appreciation as mother to son Yair Joseph and daughter Téa Imani-Grace.
Above all of the aforementioned, Dr. Bassett has a heart to serve by being a courageous leader, resource, change agent, and sower of positivity and encouragement.