EDI News & Op-Eds

Faculty and staff from the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences have shared their expertise in this area within and beyond the Duke campus, from presenting webinars to penning op-eds to engaging in a range of research and other activities. Below are some highlights of their work.

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Spotlight: Dane Whicker, PhD

The School of Medicine's Equity Matters newsletter this month features a Q&A with Dane Whicker, PhD. Whicker is working to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion for members of the LGBTQ+ community in the School of Medicine's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Clinical Translational and Translational Science Institute, and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Leadership Program Spurs Transformation in Lupus Care

A new multi-disciplinary team-based care model at Duke is changing lives for patients with lupus. The integrated care team addresses patients’ medical and psychological needs to improve outcomes, especially for Black women, who statistically have higher rates and worse outcomes from the disease. Duke Psychiatry's Keisha-Gaye O'Garo, PsyD, initiated the expansion of the care team through a Duke leadership program.

Op-Ed: Juneteenth in STEMM and the barriers to equitable science

In a commentary in the journal Cell, 52 Black scientists including Duke Psychiatry's Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, establish the context of Juneteenth in STEMM and discuss the barriers Black scientists face, the struggles they endure, and the lack of recognition they receive. They review racism’s history in science and provide institutional-level solutions to reduce the burdens on Black scientists.

Q&A with Administrative Director Tuyen Phan, MBA

We recently sat down with Tuyen Phan, MBA, an administrative director in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, to learn more about his path to research administration, his career at Duke, his Vietnamese culture, and his thoughts about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Four Residents Awarded American Psychiatric Association Fellowships

Each spring, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) award fellowships to a select group of psychiatry residents. We’re excited to share that this year, four Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences residents were awarded APA/APAF fellowships.

Led by Duke Psychiatry Faculty Member, Psychology and Neuroscience Anti-Racism Community Wins 2023 Dean’s Award

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Anti-Racism Community is a community of graduate students and faculty from the Duke Clinical Psychology Program that aims to address systematic racism on Duke’s campus. Duke Psychiatry's Zach Rosenthal, PhD, who also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, is the faculty lead for the group.

Two Residents Receive 2023 James H. Carter, Sr. Community Service Award

Ryan Slauer, MD, a fourth-year internal medicine-psychiatry resident, and Lynette Staplefoote-Boynton, MD, MPH, a third-year internal medicine-psychiatry resident, have received this year’s James H. Carter, Sr. Community Service Award, established in honor of Carter’s dedication to serving the underserved.

Medical Experts Examine Impact of NC Bills on LGBTQ+ Youth

Two new proposed state laws targeting LGBTQ+ youth in North Carolina would drive up suicide rates, restrict health care providers and limit schools’ ability to provide safe havens for students, three Duke experts—including Duke Psychiatry's Dane Whicker, PhD, and Sarah Wilson, PhD—said Wednesday.

Partnering with the Community to Reverse the HIV Trend in Latinx Individuals

Through a new National Institutes of Health grant, Sarah “Sadie” Wilson, PhD, hopes to reduce inequities that place Latinx individuals at higher risk of HIV. She’s partnering with her friend and colleague, Joaquin Carcaño, director of southern health policy at Latinos in the South, to launch a community-based, equity-focused initiative in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.