Our department has a longstanding history of leadership in diversity recruitment, mentoring, and education. The department's Diversity Committee is very active in recruiting diverse trainees to our training programs, enhancing education on diversity for trainees and faculty, and developing a programmatic approach to diversity mentoring.
This committee assists in recruiting and supporting trainees and faculty from diverse backgrounds or with diversity-related research interests, and promotes cultural competence in training and research. The committee sponsors efforts to integrate diversity-related topics into seminars throughout the DPHB and provides training opportunities on diversity-related topics. The committee has also developed two specific initiatives focused on 1) mentoring trainees and 2) providing continuing educational opportunities for faculty. The committee launched a diversity mentoring program in 2010 to facilitate networking and career development among trainees and faculty in the DPHB and to offer trainees and faculty opportunities to discuss clinical, research, and professional issues relevant to diversity in a supportive collegial environment. Through informal meetings with mentors, this program offers trainees and junior faculty from diverse backgrounds, and/or with interest in working with diverse populations, the chance to explore professional and personal issues.
A competitive departmental research award of $10,000 is given annually to an early career faculty member from an under-represented or disadvantaged background, and the Diversity Committee has a formal initiative to match talented minority investigators with funded researchers to facilitate the submission of Diversity Supplements to NIH. Recently, one of our psychiatry research track residents was awarded this funding.
The Diversity Committee also launched a Faculty Cultural Competence Initiative to ensure that our faculty receive additional opportunities to enhance their cultural competence with respect to teaching, supervision, and research responsibilities. In 2004 and 2012, the Diversity Committee was awarded funding from the American Psychological Association Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training to support ongoing development of multicultural competence among DPHB faculty via continuing education programs. Presentations that highlight how complexities of race, ethnicity and differences in cultural identities impact teaching, supervision, and research are regularly attended by DPHB faculty.
Summer Fellowship for Medical Students from Underrepresented Groups
We offer a summer fellowship for medical students from underrepresented groups. This program provides an excellent opportunity for medical students from diverse backgrounds to experience psychiatric research and training. The long-term goal of the summer research fellowship is to expand diversity in our training program and in the National Institute of Mental Health research workforce. For more information about upcoming summer research opportunities for medical students, please contact Dr. Audrey Tyrka at [email protected].