Residents attending Harvard Psychiatry Research Day

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

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!
Celebrating Mentorship
Kavitha Kolappa, Class of 2016, celebrating with attendings Jerry Rosenbaum and Ted Stern.

McLean CAO Shelly Greenfield with current APA President Altha Stewart

Getting to Know Our Attendings
Residents of the Class of 2018 enjoying a Sunday BBQ with Felicia Smith.
Appreciating Time Together
Associate program director Heather Vestal celebrates her birthday with residents.

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.
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

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