Experiences of discrimination are associated with increased distress and lead to both diminished quality of life and a decrease in resources needed to successfully sustain recovery.
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
Our center advocates for diversity in trainee recruitment and encourages underrepresented minority applicants to join our adult and child psychiatry residency and psychology internship programs through:
- Recruitment letters to underrepresented minority medical students through the Student National Medical Association and Latino Medical Student Association
- Cross-collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Visiting Clerkship program, Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and program directors at Mass General/McLean Psychiatry departments and Mass General psychology program directors
- Inclusion of interested trainees as affiliates of the center and program directors as members of the center
Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention
Members are committed to supporting the department’s efforts to recruit underrepresented minority junior and senior staff by offering outreach, mentorship and support to potential candidates and current staff members.
Diversity education for staff members
Members actively participate in a wide range of activities to promote awareness of topics such as cultural humility, cultural sensitivity, microaggression and microaffirmation. We emphasize the relationship these can have in all aspects of patient interactions and how these encounters may be influenced by cultural differences like age, gender, race, religion, size, sexual orientation and socioeconomic differences.
Education of our members, the Psychiatry Department, the Mass General clinical and administrative staff, and the wider community about diversity-related topics is accomplished through:
- Invited lecture series at monthly meeting for members
- Faculty retreats for members
- Frances Bonner MD Grand Rounds & award celebration
- Spring Diversity Speaker Series
- Blum Learning Center Brown Bag Lunches for the Mass General community
- Diversity Dialogue Workshops for groups in the Mass General community
- Publishing articles and books on diversity issues
Trainee education, supervision and mentoship
Our members provide Mass General psychology and psychiatry trainees education to encourage clinical excellence on diversity-related concepts as they apply to the clinician-patient encounter. Center members lead and participate in:
- Lectures on diversity issues in both the psychology and psychiatry trainee core didactics series
- Supervision and mentorship of psychology and psychiatry trainees
Promotion of patient-centered activities
The long-term goals of our center include understanding the diversity of the psychiatric patient population at Mass General and developing strategies to ensure that psychiatric patients of all backgrounds feel welcome at Mass General.
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.
We encourage members of the center to participate in committees related to our center activities or to create committees related to their interests. Current committees include:
- Bonner Award Committee
- Diversity Dialogue Committee
- Latino Mental Health Initiative
- Medical Student Recruitment Initiative
- Size Diversity Committee
- Spring Speaker Series Committee
- Recruitment, Retention, and Faculty Development Committee
- Transgender Health Committee
Partnerships & Collaborations
We are proud to collaborate with other groups in the hospital and greater community with a focus on diversity issues, including:
- Mass General Diversity Committee
- Mass General Disparities Solution Center
- Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion
- Harvard Medical School
- McLean Hospital
- Harvard University Health Services
- Student National Medical Association
- Latino Medical Student Association
- American Psychiatric Association
Our Center endeavors to ensure accountability through:
- Committee reports and regular updates
- Biannual reports to Psychiatry Chief and Department Leadership
- Reports to the hospital-wide Diversity Committee
- Staff Story
- Nov | 1 | 2019
The Department of Psychiatry welcomed Maurizio Fava, MD, as the new leader of the department on October 1. Dr. Fava reflects on his outlook as he takes over as chair of the department.
- Press Release
- Oct | 15 | 2019
A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers report that mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations.
- Sep | 30 | 2019
Mass General Clinicians and Researchers Brainstorm Ways to Treat and Prevent Nervous System Disorders
Experts from Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and beyond gathered at the Bulfinch tents to attend the hospital’s second annual Neuroscience Day, created to foster collaboration among researchers and physicians from one of the world’s largest neuroscience communities.
- Aug | 23 | 2019
Heading back to school is often filled with anxiety for both parents and kids. Ellen Braaten, PhD, co-director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, shares tips to help prepare.
- Aug | 23 | 2019
The MGH Department of Psychiatry will welcome a new leader Oct. 1. With more than 25 years of academic and clinical experience in psychiatry, Maurizio Fava, MD, has been named the department’s new psychiatrist-in-chief.