Dept. of Psychiatry Center for Diversity

Our mission is to promote awareness and understanding of the values of cultural diversity to enhance relationships, tolerance and ability in our community.

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About Our Membership

The Center for Diversity is open to any member of the Department of Psychiatry. Presently, the center has 36 active members with an auxiliary list of interested persons who cannot regularly attend meetings. Members include paid and unpaid clinical staff, trainees, and support staff. Past chairs have included Dr. David Henderson, Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum, and Dr. Greg Fricchione, all of whom remain active members. Dr. Rosenbaum, the chair of the Department of Psychiatry, remains an ardent supporter of the diversity center. Dr. Ranna Parekh is the current Director of the Center.

 Diversity Center members, 2011-2012
  • Siegal, Ken
  • Siftar, Barbara
  • Trinh, Nhi-Ha
  • Vela, Ricardo
  • Vesga Lopez, Oriana
  • Washington, Deborah
  • Wool, Carol
  • Yap, Liang
  • Yeung, Albert
  • Zayas, Lazaro

  • Founding members of the Center for Diversity
    • Dennis Norman, EDD
    • Ranna Parekh, MD
    • Chester Pierce, MD
    • Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD
    • Estee Sharon, PsyD
    • Barbara Siftar
    • Deborah Washington, RN
    • Albert Yeung, MD

    Diversity Center Goals

    Trainee Recruitment:
    One of the major goals of the center has been to increase the number of underrepresented minority trainees in the adult and child residency and psychology internship programs.

    Trainee Curriculum:
    We have also focused attention in having all aspects of difference, cultural, racial, religious, sexual orientation, socio-economic, age, etc., addressed in all aspects of training direction of the residency and internship training curriculums.

    Psychiatry Grand Rounds:
    We select several Grand Rounds speakers annually to present topics related to increasing diversity awareness and education in mental health.

    Psychiatry Patient Diversity:
    We have focused on studying the diversity of the psychiatric patient population at MGH and developing strategies to ensure that all psychiatric patients continue to feel that the MGH Psychiatry department is welcoming to a diverse patient population.

    Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Faculty and Staff:
    We continue to focus on supporting the department’s efforts to recruit under-represented minority junior and senior staff.


    Chairs of the Psychiatry Diversity Committee