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


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.

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