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.

EDI Delegate Spotlight: Annise Weaver, MSEd, CRC

The Duke School of Medicine's Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) spoke with EDI delegate Annise Weaver, MSEd, CRC, Manager of Education & Outreach of NC-PAL and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Weaver shared how last year’s COST letter from Black faculty inspired her to help her Black colleagues at Duke and how her role as Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion complements her other duties within the department.

A Champion for Affirming, Culturally Responsive Health Care

Understanding intersecting cultural identities — and providing care that respects and affirms those identities — is at the heart of Tyson Pankey’s work as a clinician, educator, and researcher. Pankey, who joined the Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences faculty in September 2021, wants to help flip the script on how health care providers talk to and care for people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Team Works to Promote Neurodiversity at Duke

Over the past year, leaders from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Office for Institutional Equity, Faculty Advancement, and Disability Management have met with Duke students and team members from the university and health system to discuss how to better ​​​support inclusion and equity efforts related to neurodiversity across the Duke campus.

Wilson Family Dedicates Nearly a Century to Duke

​In a large academic medical system such as Duke, there are bound to be spouses, siblings or children who work for the same organization. Duke Health is fortunate enough to have one entire family—including three Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences faculty members—who have dedicated a combined 83 years to improving the lives of their patients and colleagues. 

Two Residents Receive 2022 James H. Carter, Sr. Community Service Award

Peter McCann, MBBS, MSc, MRCPsych, a fifth-year internal medicine-psychiatry resident, and Rick Wolthusen, MD, MPP, a second-year 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. 

Psychiatry Team Wins Grant to Foster Stronger Research Community

Duke's Office for Faculty Advancement has awarded seed grants to 13 faculty-led projects exploring new ideas and expanding existing initiatives to promote an equitable and inclusive academic environment at Duke. A Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences team received funding for their "Leadership in the Lab" proposal.

Commentary: Race and Health — A Persistent American Dilemma

In a New England Journal of Medicine "Points of View" piece, Duke Psychiatry's Damon Tweedy, MD, reflects on his medical training and shares his thoughts on what medical educators and administrators can do to resolve racial health inequity.

Annise Weaver Wins Cook Society Award

Annise Weaver, MSEd, CRC, director of clinical operations and associate director of diversity, equity and inclusion, has won the 2022 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Staff Award in recognition of her leadership in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism at Duke.

$50K Gift Enables New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Opportunities

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is using a $50K gift to support pilot research projects focused on health disparities and work led by faculty members who are underrepresented in medicine, as well as other initiatives to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.