Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD (Cornell University, ‘04; CUNY, ‘11) is an internationally-recognized clinical psychologist, award-winning documentary filmmaker and advocate to end race-based hair discrimination. Her debut film, Back to Natural, & companion workshops reveal the powerful relationships Black people have with their hair; uniquely entangled with identity, survival, resistance, and community. Back to Natural has been featured internationally in film-festivals, universities, schools and organizations. Her advocacy with New York City's Commission on Human Rights has been highlighted in the development of the first guidelines, worldwide, to protect Black people's right to wear their hair naturally in schools and workplaces.

Back to Natural has been internationally broadcast on RevoltTV & Free Speech TV and has received countless awards. Dr. Scott-Ward's advocacy has been recognized by The Washington Post, NPR, Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, USA Today, Blavity, Lansing State Journal, Shadow and Act, PoliticsNY and others.

Dr. Gillian's work inspires and unites people from diverse backgrounds and fosters personal reflection, cross-cultural empathy & understanding. She specializes in helping people access their authenticity, connect with strengths, and harness the power of the mind-body connection.