Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity

Our mission is to promote cultural sensitivity in order to enhance respect and acceptance of people from different backgrounds, enrich personal and professional development and deliver compassionate care.

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Members of the Center for Diversity

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

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Laurie Ball
Scott Beach, MD
Noor Beckwith, MD
Richard Bernard-Negron
Rahel Bosson, MD
Katia Canenguez, PhD
Justin Chen, MD, MPH
Wisteria Deng
Mariejose Dorvilier, LICSW
Lisa DuBreuil, LICSW
Anne Emerich, MD
Vee Faller, MD
Michael Hanau, MD
Rachel Zack Ishikawa, PhD
Erica Long, MDiv
Sasha Martinez-Machado
Molly McCarthy
Jessica McCurley, PhD, MPH
Michal McDowell, MD
Megha Nagaswami
Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, MD
Sheila O'Keefe, EdD
Elena Olson
Maeve O’Neill, MD
Ariel Otero, MD
Archana Patel
Nadia Quijije, MD
Barbara Rosemberg
Derri Shtasel, MD
Barb Siftar
Sylvie Tuchman
Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD
Aisha Usmani, Ph.D
Ricardo Vela, MD
Deborah Washington, RN
Soo Youn, PhD

Advisors to the Center

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Maurizio Fava, MD
Gregory Fricchione, MD
John Herman, MD
Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD
Felicia Smith, MD

Publications from the Center for Diversity

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

Sociocultural Issues in Psychiatry
Editors: Nhi-Ha T. Trinh and Justin A. Chen
Focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of cultural psychiatry and developing in clinicians the ability to translate theory into practice across contexts and populations.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health
Editor: Ranna Parekh and Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
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.

Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions
Editors: Morgan M. Medlock, MD, MDiv, MPH, Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, MD, MPH, David R. Williams, PhD, MPH
This book addresses the unique sociocultural and historical systems of oppression that have alienated African-American and other racial minority patients within the mental healthcare system.

Pioneering Psychiatry Research

The integration of patient care and clinical research has been a hallmark of the Department of Psychiatry for more than 30 years. Today, the department has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, with studies at the forefront of neuroscience, molecular biology and genetics.