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Nhi-Ha (Nhi-Ha) Thuy Trinh, MD


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Clinical Interests
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Minority mental health
  • Disparities in mental health
Medical Education
  • MD, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, McLean Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
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Nhi-Ha Trinh MD MPH is a staff research psychiatrist at the MGH Depression Clinical Research Program. Her work involves disparities in depression care for minorities, issues of cultural competency in mental health, social determinants of mental health, and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Trinh earned her MD at the University of California, San Francisco, and her MPH at the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in Epidemiology.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Trinh's research activities focus on cross-cultural psychiatry, disparities in minorities, and social determinants contributing to the risk and outcome of Major Depressive Disorder. As a clinician, she is committed to educating others about the importance of culture in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Since 2007, as director of the required sociocultural didactic seminar series for the third-year MGH psychiatry residents, Dr. Trinh teaches junior colleagues how to conduct a thorough cultural assessment with their patients. Dr. Trinh is co-principal investigator for a project entitled the [Culturally Focused Psychiatric (CFP) Consultation Service for Asian American and Latino American Primary Care Patients with Depression at MGH; this is a two-year project funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Chang? Program (2009-2011). She is currently also collaborating with other Harvard researchers on the Stirling County Study, a seminal longitudinal study in psychiatric epidemiology as well as on a retrospective study of rehabilitation, psychiatric, and occupational outcomes of the victims of the 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire.


Trinh N et al (2003). Efficacy of Cholinesterase Inhibitors in the Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Functional Impairment in Alzheimer's Disease. JAMA; 289 (2): 210-216.

Trinh NH et al (2008). Ethics consultation to PACT teams: balancing client autonomy and clinical necessity. Harvard Review of Psychiatry; 16(6): 365-72.4.

Trinh NH et al, eds (2009). Handbook of Mental Health and Acculturation in Asian American Families. Humana Press: New York, NY.

Trinh NH et al. Examining the Role of Race and Ethnicity in Relapse Rates of Major Depressive Disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry (in press).

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Depression Clinical and Research Program
One Bowdoin Square
6th Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2790
Phone: 617-724-4279
Fax: 617-724-3028

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