Flora Hamilton

Dr. Flora Hamilton
Chief Executive Officer, Family Medical and Counseling Services, Inc. (FMCS)

Flora Terrell Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Executive Director, is a founder of Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. (FMCS), incorporated in 1976, and has been executive director since 1981. A social worker, Dr. Hamilton has a B.S. in psychology and Master's and Doctorate in Social Work from Howard University. With vast experience in social services as a practitioner, administrator and educator, she has successfully managed and led numerous projects. She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Dr. Hamilton has run HIV prevention and treatment programs, first offender pretrial diversion programs, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for adults and youth, and adolescent substance abuse prevention and youth rites projects.

Under her direction FMCS's HIV program evolved into one of the District's most comprehensive programs with funding from Ryan White Titles I, II, and III, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The current HIV program includes primary medical care, case management, discharge planning, substance abuse treatment, mental health, outreach/prevention education, HIV counseling and testing, nutritional support, foodbank, prevention case management, and psychoeducational skills building. Dr. Hamilton is a board member on the District's Primary Care Association and an active participant on numerous advisory and planning groups. Additionally, Dr. Hamilton has served as the president of the DC CARE Consortium Board of Directors from 1996 - 2015.

Publications include:

Valerie U Oji, Leslie C Hung, Reza Abbasgholizadeh, Flora Terrell Hamilton, E James Essien, Evaristus Nwulia. Spiritual care may impact mental health and medication adherence in HIV+ populations. Dove Press Journal, HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care 2017:9 101–109, 28 April 2017

Le HN, Hipolito MM, Lambert S, Terrell-Hamilton F, Rai N, McLean C, Kapetanovic S, Nwulia E. Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Identification and Treatment of Depression among HIV Infected African American Adults: A Qualitative Study of Primary Care Providers' Perspectives. J Depress Anxiety. 2016 Apr;5(2). pii:223. PubMed PMID: 27347445; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4916768.

Amanor-Boadu S, Hipolito MS, Rai N, McLean CK, Flanagan K, Hamilton FT, Oji V, Lambert SF, Le HN, Kapetanovic S, Nwulia EA. Poor CD4 count is a predictor of untreated depression in human immunodeficiency virus-positive African-Americans. World J Psychiatry. 2016 Mar22;6(1):128-35. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v6.i1.128. PubMed PMID: 27014603; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4804261

Kuo, I., Olsen, H., Patrick, R., Phillips, G., Magnus, M., Opoku, J., Rawls, A., Peterson, J., Hamilton, F., Kharfen, M., Greenberg, A. Willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among community-recruited, older people who inject drugs in Washington, DC. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Volume 164, year 2016, pp. 8 – 13

Magnus, M., Kuo, I., Phillips II, G., Rawls, A., Peterson, J., Montanez, L., West-Ojo, T., Jia, Y., Opoku, J., Kamanu-Elias, N., Hamilton, F., Wood, A., Greenberg, A.E. Differing HIV risks and prevention needs among men and women injection drug users (IDU) in the District of Columbia. Journal of Urban Health, Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine Volume 90 issue 1, year 2013, pp. 157 – 166

Irene Kuo, Alan E. Greenberg, Manya Magnus, Gregory Phillips II, Anthony Rawls, James Peterson, Flora Hamilton, Tiffany West-Ojo, Shannon Hader. High prevalence of substance use among heterosexuals living in communities with high rates of AIDS and poverty in Washington, DC. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Volume 117, Issue 2, Pages 139-144, 1 September 2011

Magnus, M., Kuo, I., Shelley, K., Rawls, A.Peterson, J., Montanez, L., West-Ojo, T., Hader, S., Hamilton, F., and Greenberg, A. E. (2009) Risk factors driving the emergence of a generalized heterosexual HIV epidemic in Washington, District of Columbia networks at risk. AIDS. 2009 Jun 19; 23(10), 1277-1284."