The MGH Dept of Psychiatry Diversity Center supports a vibrant community of talented and diverse students, residents and faculty.

A diverse community reflected in the residency program

This website has been developed by a group of residents for whom minority identities (including sexuality, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, race, disability, country of origin, language, socioeconomic status, etc.) have affected our daily lives, clinical experiences, and comfort when seeking a training program. We would like to share some of the reasons that MGH/McLean has uniquely succeeded in providing a home for us!

Learning from Each Other
PGY4 Residents enjoying the boat journey to Chief Retreat
Learning from Each Other
Residents of all classes capturing a selfie at Harvard Psychiatry Research Day.
A Close-Knit Program
Classes of 2018 and 2020 enjoying bbq at MGH Chief Dr. Jerry Rosenbaum’s home.
A Close-Knit Program
Members of the Class of 2020 sharing an MGH/McLean-sponsored Red-Sox game together.
Spending Time Together
Residents from the Classes of 2017 and 2018 meet recent MGH/McLean child fellowship graduates for brunch.
Spending Time Together
Members of the Class of 2017 enjoy the annual summer “beach day” together.


The residents in this program are a special group! We are committed to celebrating our differences, interpersonal growth, and engaging in critical discussions that expand our understanding of and comfort with the diverse experiences of each other. While some of these conversations have occurred in the context of formal didactics (see below), many occur in less formal resident forums such as noon conferences. In the past year, residents openly led and attended forums on the deaths of Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, police officers in Dallas, and the Orlando Pulse Night Club massacre. We are dedicated to better understanding our local and global environments and searching for opportunities to further justice in our communities.

Beginning in 2015, MGH/McLean residents have spearheaded the Resident Advocacy Committee, a group dedicated to challenging systemic disparities in our hospitals and communities and promoting activism and service. With support from program administration and faculty in Community Psychiatry, the RAC residents created two impressive didactics series focused on the topics of racism and advocacy. These curricula have since been presented at national conferences.

Resident Profiles: (Please hover over to read)


Our faculty demonstrate a consistent desire to support the experiences of the residents and to improve and expand upon the diversity already robustly represented in our curriculum. Strong mentorship is a core feature of our program, and our mentors and supervisors are committed to our individual personal development as physicians with diverse backgrounds and experiences. For example, residents are developing a book based on their racism curriculum with Dr. Jerry Rosenbaum, the Chief of Psychiatry at MGH. Faculty members with their own minority experiences have been particularly helpful in providing insight into our growth as we navigate this path to becoming psychiatrists. We enjoy picking their brains in supervision, but can attest to even more fun had over dinner, while traveling on global trips, while planning for residency didactics or national workshops, or through monthly meetings of the Centers for Diversity at both MGH and McLean.

In 2015, MGH opened the Disparities Research Unit headed by HMS Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Margarita Alegría. This interdisciplinary unit is funded by multiple NIH grants to generate innovative mental health services research that impacts service delivery for multicultural populations. Residents have enjoyed both mentorship and participation in this group’s research.

Celebrating Mentorship
Kavitha Kolappa, Class of 2016, celebrating with attendings Jerry Rosenbaum and Ted Stern.
Getting to Know Our Attendings
Residents of the Class of 2018 enjoying a Sunday BBQ with Felicia Smith.
Working and Traveling Together
Micaela “Mimi” Owusu, Class of 2017, in Ghana with attendings Carol Wool and Asha Parekh.
Appreciating Time Together
Associate program director Heather Vestal celebrates her birthday with residents.


As always, our patients are our greatest teachers. They represent an enormously diverse group with respect to race, ethnicity, country of origin and immigration status, language, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, education, etc. We get to know them in multiple settings, from the outpatient clinic to the emergency department to the inpatient surgical services. Residents very much appreciate the breadth of patients to whom we are exposed and provide care.

When residents develop interest in a particular patient population and desire further exposure, the program is incredibly supportive in facilitating the opportunity to develop a tailored clinical experience to promote the resident’s expertise and work to further develop the hospital’s capacity for treating that population. For example, a recent MGH/McLean graduate, Alek Keuroghlian, developed a clinical interest in transgender patients, tailored his clinical experience to support his interest, learned and grew from the experience, and has since facilitated both other residents’ and faculty’s continued interest in providing informed care for this psychiatrically underserved population.


Trainees directly examine issues of culture and diversity during the core longitudinal Sociocultural Psychiatry seminar series. Topics include culture as a multidimensional construct, exploring our own multidimensional cultural identity, social determinants of psychiatric illness, case discussions stressing DSM cultural formulation, spirituality, the history of mistakes in psychiatry, minority stress theory and intersectionality, sexuality and gender identity, and global psychiatric epidemiology, among many others. The Sociocultural Content Team that develops and modifies these didactics is comprised of both faculty and residents, thereby enabling rapid identification and implementation of changes and updates in response to evolving resident and community interests and needs. Residents are appreciative of both the concrete topic content presented through lectures as well as the opportunity to engage in exploratory conversations during these seminars.

Sociocultural Didactic Series Community Psychiatry Didactic Series
    • What’s in a name? Introduction to the sociocultural psychiatry lecture series
    • Culture as multidimensional construct
    • ADDRESSING: Describing your multidimensional cultural identity
    • Culture in the hospital
    • Homelessness
    • Racism, Justice, and Community Mental Health
    • Introduction to U.S. Health Policy
    • Recovery- Lived Experience
    • Racism, Justice, and Community Mental Health
    • Global psychiatric epidemiology
    • Social determinants of psychiatric illness
    • The other side of normal
    • DSM5 Cultural formulation interview and culture-bound syndromes
    • Cultural cases
    • Racism, Justice, and Community Mental Health
    • Trauma and Community Care
    • Ethics in Public and Community Psychiatry
    • Recovery – Role of Peer Specialists
    • Advocacy
    • Spirituality seminar
    • History of Mistakes in Psychiatry
    • Criticisms of Psychiatry
    • Social determinants of psychiatric illness
    • When race gets personal in the hospital
    • Credibility vs overidentification in the psychiatric encounter
    • Minority stress theory, internalized prejudice, and links to psychiatry
    • Integrating Health Advocacy and Policy
    • Recovery – Risk Management
    • Health Advocacy
    • Panel on Health Advocacy
    • Racism, Justice, and Community Mental Health
    • Trauma and Community Care
    • Reverse Integrated Health Care for SMI
    • Trauma and Community Care
    • Best Practices for Addressing Racism in Community Health
    • Working as a VA Psychiatrist
    • Public Health Leadership
    • The Practice of Behavioral Health Integration
    • Population Health Management

We are thankful for the strong support of administration and faculty in developing resident-led advocacy and racism didactics that also span all four years of the residency curriculum. In addition to facilitating knowledge transfer, this has expanded opportunities for interested residents to take on critical issues in diversity as part of their growth as clinicians and medical educators.

Career Development:

Residents are nurtured in our pursuit of diverse clinical and non-clinical interests spanning community psychiatry, medical education, spirituality, neuroimaging, psychotherapy, health policy, global health, women’s health, and specialized work with minority communities such as LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minorities, just to name a few.

We are thankful to receive generous support in our professional development from faculty mentors. It is not uncommon to receive information about awards, grants, and fellowships for which faculty would like to support our applications, from internal travel grants to national fellowships. One indication of the excellent mentorship on clinical and academic work they provide is the large number of our faculty alumni have gone on to become clinical directors, department chairs, and national leaders.

    • Ranna Parekh, Director of APA’s Division of Diversity and Health Equity
    • Dave Henderson, Chief of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center and Co-Director of MGH Psychiatry’s Global Division T32 Fellowship
    • Chester Pierce, former Harvard Professor of Psychiatry and prominent scholar on race
    • Stephan Heckers, Director of Vanderbilt University’s Early Psychosis Program
    • Tristan Gorrindo, Director of Education for the American Psychiatric Association
    • And many others!


We are proud of our community rotations that provide us the opportunity to work with underserved populations, including through the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, Mass Mental Healthcare, Revere Counseling , South Cove Community Health Center, and at the various MGH-affiliated community health centers in Revere, Chelsea, East Boston,and Charlestown. We have been expanding these opportunities on the basis of specialized resident interest to include Codman Square Health Center, Dimock Community Health Center, and Fenway Health.

Many of our trainees expand their expertise beyond the Boston area into the realm of global psychiatry in the 3rd and 4th years. Others use the practices and principles of global psychiatry to focus on global communities right here in our own backyard — for example, researching barriers to care through church outreach among African immigrants in the nearby town of Lowell, MA, or addressing disparities in mental health service utilization among immigrants in Boston’s Chinatown.

Institutional Commitment to Diversity:

MGH’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) actively fosters community for underrepresented minorities across specialties through community service, social events and opportunities for mentorship, which brings together residents and faculty. The MGH Department of Psychiatry also has its own independent Diversity Center that hosts monthly lunch meetings and events including the yearly Diversity Dialogues. The McLean Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is the umbrella organization for a number of subcommittees including the LGBTQ and Implicit Bias task forces that review existing literature for application among clinical, training, and research mission elements of the McLean mission.

In our mission to matter greatly to the universe of those who suffer psychiatric disorders, to understand all causes from biology to social determinants, and to minister to those who do suffer, in our communities and worldwide, we cannot succeed without being a diverse and inclusive family. To that end, it is essential to this department to expand the diversity of our training programs, our faculty and the populations here and internationally that we serve. ~Jerry Rosenbaum, Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Diversity is the richness of human differences. Inclusion is when everyone is valued, engaged, and feels connected. At Massachusetts General Hospital, we believe that because of diversity we will excel; through inclusion we will respect; focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate. ~Massachusetts General Hospital