Barra Madden, MD

Barra Madden, MD

Undergraduate School
University of Rochester

Medical School
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine



Interests and Career Goals

I have a broad range of interests in psychiatry and I am looking forward to narrowing my career goals as I progress in residency. My interest currently include public and community psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, correctional psychiatry, mental health advocacy and policy reform. I am also invested in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and partnerships to help address mental health disparities.

Favorite Pastimes

I absolutely love dancing; I like to teach and attend Zumba classes. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and meditation.

Strengths of the Program

After interview day, I remember saying, "This is a place where I can be my authentic self and grow in every aspect of my life". This remains true. The program is diverse. We are vulnerable with one another and I feel a sense of community and family. Resident wellness is prioritized and everyone is extremely supportive.

Areas of Prior Research

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education.


  • Odukoya, E. J., Kelley, T., Madden, B., Olawuni, F., Maduakolam, E., & Cianciolo, A. T. (in press). Extending “Beyond Diversity: Culturally responsive universal design principles for medical education. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 33(2).           
  • Maduakolam, E., Madden, B., Kelley, T. and Cianciolo, A.T., 2020. Beyond Diversity: Envisioning Inclusion in Medical Education Research and Practice. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 32(5), pp.459-465