Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity

The mission of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry's Center for Diversity is to promote cultural sensitivity in our work environment and with our patient population in order to enhance respect and acceptance of people from different backgrounds, enrich personal and professional development and deliver compassionate care.

About

The Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity is a dedicated, diverse group of members who meet monthly and participate in a wide array of activities on issues related to diversity. We strive to ensure diverse representation of our department in our center membership, including trainees, research assistants, support and administrative staff, junior and senior clinical and research faculty (MD, PhD, and LICSW).

Goals of the Center for Diversity

The Center for Diversity has four main goals to help promote diversity and awareness at Mass General.

  • Recruitment and retention of diverse trainees, faculty and staff
  • Diversity education for staff members
  • Trainee education, supervision and mentorship
  • Promotion of patient-centered activities

About the Center for Diversity

The work of the center is carried out through member committees and collaborations with other groups both within the hospital and the larger medical community.

  • Committees
  • Partnerships and collaborations
  • Accountability

Members

Leadership

Dr. Nhi-Ha Trinh

Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD
Director

Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD, serves as the Director of the Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity. She serves as both the Director of Multicultural Studies and Director of Clinical Services for Mass General's Depression Clinical and Research Program. As an assistant professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Trinh’s academic work focuses on disparities in depression care for ethnic and racial minorities, issues of cultural competency in mental health, social determinants of mental health and cultural issues in geriatric psychiatry. She is a residency training mentor for the Mass General/McLean Adult Psychiatry Training Program and co-directs the residency’s longitudinal Sociocultural Psychiatry didactics series. Dr. Trinh earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and her Master of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in Epidemiology. She completed residency training in Adult Psychiatry at the Mass General/McLean Adult Psychiatry Training Program and a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital.

 

 

Dr. Anne Emmerich

Anne Emmerich, MD
Associate Director

Anne Emmerich, MD, serves as the Associate Director of the Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity. She is a staff psychiatrist in the Division of Primary Care Psychiatry specializing in the care of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness. She is the Director of Electronic Medical Record training for the Department of Psychiatry. She is chairperson of the Center for Diversity Spring Speaker lecture series and the Center for Diversity committee on transgender mental health. She writes and lectures on topics related to diversity and on the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depression. She is a supervisor for PGY2 and PGY3 psychiatry residents in the Mass General/McLean psychiatry residency training program. Dr. Emmerich earned her MD at Boston University School of Medicine and her MA in Microbiology from the Boston University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences. She completed residency training in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Esther Howe, Assistant

Esther Howe serves as the assistant to the Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity. She is the program coordinator at the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Mass General, where she coordinates studies to advance the understanding and treatment of depression. Prior to her position at Mass General, Esther managed a psychosocial program for refugees living in Amman, Jordan. She holds a BA from Grinnell College.

 


Member Highlights

HMS Faculty Diversity Award winners

Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award Winner

Dennis Norman, EdD, ABPP, a founding member of the Center for Diversity, received the 2015-2016 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award.

Read more about the award

 


Members

The Center for Diversity is open to any member of the Department of Psychiatry. Presently, the center includes both active members and affiliates.

  • Laurie Ball

  • Andres Bedoya, PhD

  • Katia Canenguez, PhD

  • Trina Chang, MD

  • Alissa Charles

  • Justin Chen, MD

  • Sannisha Dale, MA, EdM

  • Sarah Darghouth, PhD

  • Mariejose Dorvilier, LICSW
  • Robert Doyle, MD

  • Lisa DuBreuil, LICSW

  • Anne Emmerich, MD

  • Gregory Fricchione, MD

  • Byron Garcia, MD

  • Astrea Grieg, PsyD

  • Michael Hanau, MD

  • John Herman, MD

  • Luana Marques, PhD

  • Mohammed Milad, PhD

  • Dennis Norman, EdD, ABPP

  • Christopher O’Connell, PsyD

  • Elena Olson, JD

  • Sheila O'Keefe, EdD

  • Ariel Otero, MD

  • Mimi Owusu, MD, Msc

  • Bridget Pelkie

  • Giselle Perez-Lougee, PhD

  • Yakeel Quiroz, PhD

  • Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD

  • Estee Sharon, PsyD

  • Derri Shtasel, MD

  • Barbara Siftar

  • Felicia Smith, MD

  • Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD

  • Ricardo Vela, MD

  • Deborah Washington, RN

  • Albert Yeung, MD

  • Lazaro Zayas, MD

Please contact us via email (psychdiversity@partners.org) if you are interesting in joining the Center for Diversity.

History

The formation of a Department of Psychiatry Diversity Committee was inspired by the creation of a hospital-wide Diversity Committee. There have been a number of important milestones since the Committee's formation:

  • 1997: Former Mass General President Dr. James Mongon creates a hospital-wide Diversity Committee
  • 1998: Former Psychiatry Department Chair Dr. Ned Cassem responds to Dr. Mongan's initiative and convenes the Psychiatry Diversity Committee
  • 2012: The Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity Committee became the Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity

The Department of Psychiatry was the first, and for many years the only, department at Mass General to create a formal committee dedicated to diversity issues.

Over the last 15 years, the Department of Psychiatry diversity initiatives have been a model for others within the hospital and community. The transition to a Center for Diversity expanded on the previous mission of the Committee to include intercultural education, mental health disparities research and wider collaborations in the hospital and community. The Center was awarded the “Partners in Excellence Team Award” in December 2011 for this work.

Former leaders of the Diversity Committee have included Dr. David Henderson (1998-2002), Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum (2002), Dr. Gregory Fricchione (2002-2007) and Dr. Ranna Parekh (2007 - 2015), who oversaw the transition from Committee to Center. Dr. Nhi-Ha Trinh has served as Director of the Center for Diversity since 2015.

Introduction of the Center for Diversity


Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD

Introductory Remarks from the Chief
Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD

Chief, Department of Psychiatry

 

 

Reflections on Diversity


Chester Pierce, MD

Reflections from a Founding Member
Chester Pierce, MD

Professor Emeritus: Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Education, Harvard University

 

 

Inaugural Ceremonies

In May 2012 the transition of the Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity Committee into the new Center for Diversity was marked with ceremonies attended by hospital staff and guests.

 

Lubna Olayan
Guest speaker Lubna S. Olayan addresses the participants at the Inaugural Program.
Cathy Minehan
Cathy E. Minehan (center), chair of the Mass General Board of Trustees, talks with other attendees at the inaugural reception.

 

MGH Officials
Mass General and Psychiatry Dept. officials including (from left) Dr. Albert Yeung, Dr. Ranna Parekh, Dr. David Torchiana, guest speaker Lubna Olayan, Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum, Dr. Estee Sharon and Cathy E. Minehan,chair of the Board of Trustees.

 

Dr. Margarita Alegria
Dr. Margarita Alegria of Harvard Medical School exchanges ideas with Center Director Dr. Ranna Parekh at the reception following the inaugural ceremonies.

 

 

 

 

 


 


Frances J. Bonner Award

The Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity sponsors the annual Frances J. Bonner, MD, award, which recognizes an individual who has overcome adversity and has made significant contributions to the field of mental health and the care of minority communities. The Center also organizes an annual spring speaker series, which brings nationally recognized speakers to discuss a wide range of issues with faculty, trainees and staff.

About the Award

The Frances J. Bonner, MD award was established in 2010 by the Mass General Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Diversity in order to promote diversity and inclusion in the psychiatric community.
 

 Frances J. Bonner, MD

The late Frances J. Bonner, MD, was a 50-year veteran of the Mass General Psychiatry Department and the first female African-American physician to train on a Mass General service. Dr. Bonner came to Mass General in 1949 after completing her neurology training at Boston City Hospital. She started her research career at the Mass General with a two-year fellowship from Radcliffe College to study hysteria and later conducted neurobiological research at Mass General. Dr. Bonner received her psychoanalytic certification at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 1975 and with others, founded the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England. Dr. Bonner devoted most of her career to clinical practice and supervising residents in individual psychotherapy. She was a pioneer in crossing racial and gender boundaries within medicine.

Award Recipients

2016: Xavier E. Cagigas, PhD

"Cultural Neuropsychology:  A reverberating zeitgeist amidst scientific complacency” 

2015: Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP

Watch Dr. Daniel's presentation at Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "The Tapestry of Difference: Weaving Cognition and Affect into Practice, Research and Training"

2014: Haji Shearer, LSW

Watch Mr. Shearer's presentation at Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Integrating Culture and Mindfulness to Support Father, Mother and Child Well-being"

2013: Joseph E. Trimble, PhD

Watch Dr. Trimble's presentation at Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Ethics in Mental Health: An Emphasis on Conducting Research with Ethnocultural Populations"

2012: Margarita Alegria, PhD

2011: Carl C. Bell, MD

Watch Dr. Bell's presentation at Psychiatry Grand Rounds: “Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities”
 

Events

The Mass General Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity hosts events throughout the year related to diversity, awareness and education. Our annual events include:

  • Annual Spring Speaker Series - this event brings in nationally recognized speakers to discuss a wide range of issues around diversity with faculty, trainees and staff
  • Frances J. Bonner Award Celebration - this award recognizes an individual who has overcome adversity and has made significant contributions to the field of mental health and the care of minority communities

Upcoming Events

Weight Bias in the Medical Setting
12 PM, November 10th, 2016
Blum Patient & Family Learning Center, White 110

Featured Speakers:

  • Lisa Du Breuil, LICSW
  • Anne Emmerich, MD

Assumptions based on weight and size can cause harm to patients and negatively affect their experience with health care providers and facilities. Lisa Du Breuil, LICSW, and Anne Emmerich, MD, will discuss weight bias and its impact on patient health outcomes. They will also introduce new ways of thinking about health and wellness that respect body size diversity and encourage positive behaviors. Event is open to Mass General staff, patients and the general public.

Past Spring Lecture Series

  • 2016: Screening of the award-winning documentary film CAN, followed by a panel discussion with producer and director Pearl J. Park
  • 2015: Thomas Barber, MD, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Clinicians"
  • 2014: Ezra Griffith, MD, Lecture on belonging and the mental energy minority communities and women spend on the question "Do I belong?"
  • 2012: Screening of a documentary film on the Boston busing crisis, "Can We Talk? How the busing crisis of the 70's remains a contentious issue today"
  • 2011: Price Cobbs, MD, President and CEO of Pacific Management Systems, "Diversity: What are the right issues?"
  • 2010: Robert “Bobby” Satcher, MD, PhD, “The International Space Station: Diversity in Space”

  • 2009: Chet Pierce, MD, "Reflections on being a minority"

Publications

The following books were written and edited by members of the Department of Psychiatry's Center for Diversity.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health
Editor: Ranna Parekh
This textbook incorporates information on cultural diversity training information for health care providers, clinical interviewing techniques and effective strategies to use in difficult conversations.

Stigma and Prejudice: Touchstones in Understanding Diversity in Healthcare
Editors: Ranna Parekh and Ed W. Childs
A comprehensive overview of the forms of prejudice and stigma associated with minority status and detailed explanations of the culturally sensitive assessments and treatments necessary to manage forms of prejudice and stigma in patients with mental illness.

Cultural Sensitivity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Mass General Psychiatry Academy
Editors: Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, Tristan Gorrindo, MD, and David H. Rubin, MD
Insights to help explain the many cultural influences on mental health and wellness in young people, including race and ethnicity, genes, religion, community, gender and sexuality.

Support the Center

For more than 75 years, the Department of Psychiatry’s accomplishments in life-saving patient care, leading-edge research and superb professional education have been nurtured by the legacy of its committed donors.

Your gift helps the Department of Psychiatry's Center for Diversity promote the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of caregivers and researchers who will lead the next generation of mental health professionals.

Make a Gift

To make a gift, please contact Carol W. Taylor, Senior Director of Development for Psychiatry at cwtaylor@partners.org or 617-724-8799. You can also make a secure online donation to the Center for Diversity. To designate your gift to the center, please select “other” in the "Donation Information" drop-down list and enter "Center for Diversity".

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