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Weill Cornell Psychiatry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Mission

The mission of the NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is to promote a departmental culture in which difference among faculty, trainees, staff and patients is valued and respected (including, but not limited to, difference in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, ability, religious practice, socioeconomic class, citizenship, age and life experience). We are committed to developing practices that champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in areas of patient care, education, professional development and advocacy.  

Council Charge: 

  1. Promote and develop mentoring, recruitment, and retention systems within the department to foster representation of culturally diverse groups in the workforce. 
  2. Develop innovative patient care and education programs, as well as clinical pathways to promote mental health equity in our diverse patient populations, through incorporation of patient input and best practices rooted in cultural sensitivity. 
  3. Review and create educational curricula on diversity for trainees, faculty and staff. 
  4. Liaise with internal offices, other departments of NYP and Weill Cornell Medicine, and community organizations to promote collaborative efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  5. Engage and empower all members of the department to be responsible in cultivating a supportive, respectful, and inclusive workplace environment.
  6. Foster anti-racist education and practices in our communities, with recognition of the ways in which structural racism negatively affects Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.

Department of Psychiatry Diversity Council

Jessica Zonana, MD

Jessica Zonana, MD

Chair, Weill Cornell Diversity Council

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Anna Salajegheh, MD

Anna Salajegheh, MD

DEI Curriculum Subcommittee

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Nisha Mehta-Naik, MD

Nisha Mehta-Naik, MD

DEI Curriculum Subcommittee

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General Psychiatry Residency Program

Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Qlinic

Department of Psychiatry partnered with medical students to develop the WCM Wellness Qlinic Program, a program providing free mental health care and community outreach to LGBTQ+ populations in need, while also creating education, training, and academic opportunities for students, trainees, faculty, staff.

Hosted Speakers & Faculty Presentations

Grand Rounds: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion related speakers

9/23/20: "Controversies in Treating Transgender Children and Adolescents”

 Jack Drescher, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor, New York University
Training & Supervising Analyst, W.A. White Institute

 9/30/20:“Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat - The Science of a Diverse Community”

 Professor Claude Steele, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

 10/28/20:“Challenges to Evidence-Based Practice in Indigenous Community Mental Health”

Joseph P. Gone, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University

DeWitt Wallace Institute of Psychiatry Lectures

April 29, 2020: Psychiatry, Immigrant Detention, and Beyond

Craig L. Katz, M.D. & Sarah MacLean, Mount Sinai Health System

January 29, 2020: Issues in Mental Health Policy

David M. Hernandez, Ph.D., Mount Holyoke College
"Smothering Asylum: Kids, Cages, and Political Currency in Migrant Processing"

December 4, 2019: Violence and the (Black) Brain: Law and Order Politics and the Biomedicalization of Urban Rioting and Violence, 1960-1975

Udodiri R. Okwandu, doctoral student, Harvard University

November 21, 2018: The Legacy: political protest and the denial of history

Jacqueline Rose Ph.D., Birkbeck University of London

Awards and Recognition

2020 WCM Dean’s Diversity & Healthcare Disparity Research Award – Jack Keefe, Ph.D.

2020 Pioneers in Diversity Awards: The Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship

NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center’s Ambulatory Services has recently launched a new Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Group! Led by a steering committee of psychologists, psychology postdoctoral fellows, and social workers, this discussion group’s aims include creating and maintaining a brave space that welcomes ongoing dialogue of different perspectives, while advancing understanding of how issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion affect the personal and professional lives of our staff and patients. The NYP-WBHC’s Ambulatory Services Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Group aims to meet these objectives by hosting monthly meetings in which educational materials are read or viewed, analyzed, and processed. All members of Ambulatory Services are encouraged to attend and challenge themselves to participate, and feedback is collected regularly to ensure meetings are experienced as productive and welcoming to all

Chair Contact: 

Jess Zonana | jez9004@med.cornell.edu

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