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Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Center for Diversity.
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).
The Center for Diversity has four main goals to help promote diversity and awareness at Mass General.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
The Center for Diversity is open to any member of the Department of Psychiatry. Presently, the center includes both active members and affiliates.
Andres Bedoya, PhD
Katia Canenguez, PhD
Justin Chen, MD
Sannisha Dale, PhD, EdM
Sarah Darghouth, PhD
Lisa DuBreuil, LICSW
Anne Emmerich, MD
Byron Garcia, MD
Astrea Grieg, PsyD
Michael Hanau, MD
John Herman, MD***
Dennis Norman, EdD, ABPP*
Elena Olson, JD
Sheila O'Keefe, EdD
Ariel Otero, MD
Mimi Owusu, MD, Msc
Yakeel Quiroz, PhD
Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD* **
Estee Sharon, PsyD*
Derri Shtasel, MD
Felicia Smith, MD
Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD
Ricardo Vela, MD
Deborah Washington, RN*
Albert Yeung, MD*
Please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interesting in joining the Center for Diversity.
* Denotes founding members of the Center for Diversity** Denotes former leaders of the Diversity Committee*** Denotes original members of the Diversity Committee
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:
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—led by founding members Dennis Norman, EdD, ABPP; Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH; Jerry Rosenbaum, MD; Estee Sharon, PsyD; Barb Siftar; Chet Pierce, MD; Deb Washington, RN, MSN; and Albert Yeung, MD—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 David Henderson, MD (1998-2002), Jerry Rosenbaum, MD (2002), Gregory Fricchione, MD (2002-2007) and Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH (2007-2015), who oversaw the transition from Committee to Center. Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD, has served as Director of the Center for Diversity since 2015.
Introductory Remarks from the ChiefJerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD Chief, Department of Psychiatry
Reflections from a Founding MemberChester Pierce, MDProfessor Emeritus: Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Education, Harvard University
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017: Debora Burgard, PhD, FAED
"Dismantling the Weight Loss Prescription: One Size Does Not Fix All”
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”
The Mass General Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity hosts events throughout the year related to diversity, awareness and education. Our annual events include:
Details coming soon
2010: Robert “Bobby” Satcher, MD, PhD, “The International Space Station: Diversity in Space”
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 ParekhThis 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. ChildsA 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 HealthMass General Psychiatry AcademyEditors: Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, Tristan Gorrindo, MD, and David H. Rubin, MDInsights 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.
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.
To make a gift, please contact Molly McCarthy, Associate Director of Development, at email@example.com 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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