TK Li Lecture
Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, is an Addiction Psychiatrist and the Barbara Wilson Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Pillar Lead for the Community Engagement in the NYU Langone Institute for Excellence in Health Equity. She is dedicated to creating spaces and opportunities for more people of color, specifically Black women in academia who are vastly underrepresented. The fundamental message of equity and inclusion has informed her research, clinical work and leadership duties at NYU and beyond. For instance, Dr. Jordan was the first Black Associate Program Directors for the Yale Psychiatry Residency, her immediate past academic home, supervising a large group of 64 physicians providing mental health and addiction services throughout Yale medical systems in the state of CT.
She recently became Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network within the National Institute of Drug (Ab)use, where she'll be working to improve health outcomes for people with opioid use disorder in the carceral system. Dr. Jordan also serves the medical director of Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally informed Healthcare or (REACH), a Substance (Ab)use and Mental Health Services Administration grant, in conjunction with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, geared at increasing the number of addiction specialists from racial and ethnic minoritized populations who obtain training to provide culturally-informed addiction treatment. Passionate about helping racial and ethnic minoritized people achieve wellness and recovery from substance use disorders, Dr. Jordan was fully drawn to community-based research. Dr. Jordan is an NIH-funded researcher where she studies long term outcomes for providing addiction treatment in faith settings.
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