Four Residents Awarded American Psychiatric Association Fellowships

By Susan Gallagher

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.

Through these fellowships, residents are given opportunities for experiential learning, training, and professional development that will help them become leaders in the field of psychiatry. In addition, APA/APAF Fellows get exclusive opportunities to be a part of APA leadership councils and network with APA members from around the country. 

Read on to learn about the fellowships awarded to Oluwakemi “Kemi” Balogun, MD, Hania Ibrahim, MD, Adriana “Dree” Kavoussi, MD, and Lynette Staplefoote-Boynton, MD, MPH, and hear from the recipients about what the fellowship means to them.

SAMHSA Minority Fellowship

Oluwakemi “Kemi” Balogun, MD
Second-year Psychiatry Resident

Lynette Staplefoote-Boynton, MD, MPH
Third-year Medicine-Psychiatry Resident

The goal of this fellowship is to increase the number and enhance the knowledge and capabilities of racial and ethnic minority psychiatry residents to teach, administer, conduct services research, and provide culturally competent, evidence-based mental health services to minority and/or underserved populations.

I aspire to pursue a fellowship in reproductive psychiatry to gain additional expertise in caring for women's mental health throughout all facets of their reproductive lives. I hope to one day be a community leader within the field, advocating for the needs of Black women and decreasing the number of disparities within the population.

With grant funding offered through the APA/APAF SAMHSA Minority Fellowship, I plan to develop a preventative, community-informed, culturally adapted, group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model to decrease rates of post-partum depression amongst at-risk Black women. I also look forward to learning from a network of diverse clinicians and scholars and further developing my leadership skills through the APA/APAF SAMHSA Minority Fellowship.
Oluwakemi “Kemi” Balogun, MD

Public Psychiatry Fellowship

Hania Ibrahim, MD 
Second-year Psychiatry Resident

This fellowship creates opportunities for residents to engage in several mentorship sessions, conduct public psychiatry program site visits, and interact with thought leaders in the field of public psychiatry.

I applied to the fellowship to learn more about working with patients with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) in the clinical setting as well as through community support and advocacy. I’m excited to work with leaders of the field of public psychiatry to better meet the needs of the SPMI population through community outreach both locally and globally.  
Hania Ibrahim, MD

Leadership Fellowship

Adriana “Dree” Kavoussi, MD 
First-year Psychiatry Resident

This fellowship develops leaders in the field of organized psychiatry by providing opportunities for residents to engage, interact, and participate at a national level and further develop their professional leadership skills, networks, and psychiatric experience.

I envision a career that involves patient care, faculty development, and administrative leadership. I know that the APA Leadership Fellowship will support my development as a clinician and leader in the world of psychiatry. 
Adriana Kavoussi, MD

Learn more about the APA/APAF Fellowships.

Main photo: (from left) Oluwakemi “Kemi” Balogun, MD; Hania Ibrahim, MD; Adriana “Dree” Kavoussi, MD; Lynette Staplefoote-Boynton, MD, MPH