Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee

The ACLP has made a commitment towards diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our work began as a task force in November 2020 (link), and produced an initial report and recommendations in February 2021 (link; copy of full report) outlining specific steps for ACLP to work towards DEI. One of these steps is the formation of a DEI subcommittee, which advises ACLP around integrating a DEI lens across the breadth of operations – from recruitment, retention, and professional development of members to evaluating internal processes within the academy and supporting trainees in CL Psychiatry. We are partnering with other groups within the Academy to develop resources for members working clinically or academically with historically marginalized patients, as well as resources for members who identify as Under-represented in Medicine. Our goal is to advance and integrate DEI into all aspects of the ACLP, as we advance integrated psychiatric care for the medically ill. We look forward to hearing your ideas about promoting DEI within our organization and our field.

Abhisek Khandai, MD, Chair Andrew Halls, MD Leena Mittal, MD, FACLP
Ariadna Forray, MD, Vice Chair Mary-Anne Hennen, MD Mona Mojtahedzadeh, MD
Hermioni Amonoo, MD Linda Herrera Santos, MD, PhD Alainia Morgan-James, MD
Sharon Batista, MD Joseph Kim, MD Jack Owens, MD
Jennifer Brockmeyer, MD Kewchang Lee, MD, FACLP E. Vanessa Spearman-McCarthy, MD
Carrie Ernst, MD, FACLP Felipe Leon Laura Suarez Pardo, MD
Carlos Fernandez Robles, MD, FACLP Maria Mariano, MD, FACLP
Anique Forrester, MD Manon Mashburn, MD

Statement of the ACLP regarding Racism

As psychiatrists working in collaboration with medical and surgical colleagues to care for patients, we stand together with our colleagues in unequivocally condemning racism. We regard racism as harmful to both mental and physical health and antithetical to our professional commitment to improving lives. We are therefore committed to opposing racism in all its forms in our policies, practice, education, and research endeavors and to fostering the diversity and inclusiveness of our organization. 

ACLP Board of Directors


ACLP Annual Meeting 2021

The Annual Meeting in November 2021 had at least 19 workshops or presentations related to DEI issues.  Click here to access this content


ACLP Annual Meeting 2022

The Annual Meeting in November 2022 had at least 12 workshops, posters, or presentations related to DEI issues. Click here to access this content. 


ACLP Annual Meeting 2023

The Annual Meeting in November 2023 had at least 17 workshops, posters, or presentations related to DEI issues. Click here to access this content. 


DEI Curriculum

The DEI Curriculum Workgroup is composed of representatives from the following committees: the Fellowship Education Subcommittee (Mark Bradley, Kewchang Lee, Adrienne Taylor), the Interdisciplinary Education Subcommittee (Arslaan Arshed, Liliya Gershengoren, Michael Maksimowski), the Medical Student Education Subcommittee (David Kasick), the Residency Education Subcommittee (Anita Chang, Ariadna Forray (workgroup chair), Sarah Slocum, Sanjay Yadav, Mira Zein, and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Subcommittee (Kewchang Lee). As CL psychiatrists we are uniquely poised to serve as role models in addressing racism and discrimination. We serve as advocates for the mental health of our patients across diverse healthcare settings, and we can also serve as agents that recognize and respond to racism and discrimination toward patients, colleagues and trainees in these settings. The DEI Curriculum Workgroup is developing educational materials devoted to racism, bias, and health disparities. 

As an illustration of this need, five medical students provide an articulate commentary on race in medical education in the article by Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla, MPH, Briana Christophers,  Naomi T. Nkinsi, Paul D. Schumann, and Elizabeth Stein: Changing How Race Is Portrayed in Medical Education: Recommendations from Medical Students published in Academic Medicine in 2020. The article can be accessed here.


The ACLP Interdisciplinary Education Subcommittee provides a curriculum covering the following issues:

  1. Individual, Interpersonal, and Structural Factors of Mental Health
  2. Disparities in Psychiatric Treatment
  3. Implicit Bias
  4. Microaggressions
  5. Structural and Cultural Competency/Humility
  6. Evidence-Based Psychological and Pharmacological Interventions Specific for Diversity

This annotated bibliography may be accessed on this page (a pdf document is available here).


The ACLP Residency Education Subcommittee provides a bibliography of background works on race, racism, and education for social justice.


ACLP member Mark Bradley, MD, FACLP, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, NY, NY, submitted this extensive bibliography of over 200 references related to DEI. Almost all have weblinks, permitting easy browsing from your institution’s network.


The Resident Education Subcommittee has addressed dealing with microaggressions in a recent addition to their How To Guide series, available here.


The Research Committee produces annotations of articles in the area of DEI on an ongoing basis:

July 2022

October 2022

January 2023

Introduction to Health Disparities in reproductive Psychiatry

The Women’s Health SIG offers this four-part video series:

Maternal Morbidity and Mortality – What the CL Psychiatrist Should Know. Amrita Bhat, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. This is presentation will give an overview of the behavioral health causes of maternal mortality in the US, the various health disparities in maternal mortality and the risk factors that contribute to behavioral health causes of maternal mortality.  


Women’s Cancer Care, Infertility and Pregnancy. Josephine Mokonogho, MD, FACLP, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE. This is a case-based presentation focusing on the mental health challenges in the setting of cancer treatment precipitated by three factors: body image, infertility issues and issues related to cancer treatment during pregnancy.


Infant Mental Health and Health Inequities, Part 1 and Part 2. Meredith Spada, MD, MEd, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. This is a case-based presentation that describes the principles of infant mental health and attachment theory. It will also review the risk factors that contribute to poor infant mental health outcomes and health inequities that contribute to these outcomes. 

Links to Resources from Other Professional Organizations

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT) have provided important libraries of content related to DEI.

Please see our curated list here.