James H. Carter Memorial Lecture

Thursday, February 1, 2018
12 - 1 pm 
Duke University Hospital Lecture Hall 2002
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“Addressing Health Inequities Using an Academic-Community Partnership to Improve Service Systems, Policy, and Practices in Community Mental Health Settings”

Altha J Stewart, MD, President-elect of the American Psychiatric Association

Altha J Stewart, MD

President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association
Associate Professor & Chief of Social and Community Psychiatry
Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Altha J. Stewart, M.D. is Associate Professor/Chief of Social and Community Psychiatry, and Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  She currently serves as President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association and will assume the office of President at the end of the APA Annual Meeting.  She has previously served as Secretary of the APA and President of the APA Foundation.  Dr. Stewart is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the ACE Awareness Foundation.  Prior to this she worked in the Shelby County Mayor’s Administration, where she served as Executive Director of a federally funded program for children with serious emotional disorders and their families.  Dr. Stewart is vice-chair of the Memphis Juvenile Justice Board, a cross system advisory body that works in a community partnership seeking program improvements and policy changes to address the needs of youth at risk of delinquency.  

A former Executive Director of the SAMHSA/CMHS funded National Leadership Council on African-American Behavioral Health, Dr. Stewart has worked for decades as CEO/Executive Director in large public mental health systems in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan, overseeing the management and development of programs for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders.  Dr. Stewart is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and received her medical degree from Temple University Medical School and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts in 2006.  


Dr. James CarterDr. James H. Carter Sr.

The Carter Memorial Lecture honors Dr. James H. Carter Sr., the first African-American full professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Carter arrived at Duke in 1970 and served as a tenured professor for more than 20 years. Throughout his career he maintained a commitment to community psychiatry, particularly in the areas of substance abuse and mental health care for prisoners. Dr. Carter played a critical role in building mental health services at Lincoln Community Medical Center in Durham, the Alcohol Treatment Center in Raleigh, the Johnston County Mental Health Center, and the Department of Corrections. He received the American Psychiatric Association's 2003 Solomon Carter Fuller Award, named after the first African-American psychiatrist in the United States, for his advancements in the field. He also received the North Carolina Governor's Award for his instrumental leadership in providing mental health care to prisoners, including the construction of two mental health facilities in North Carolina that became a model for correctional health care. Since Dr. Carter's death in March 2007, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences holds an annual lecture in his honor, highlighting work in community psychiatry, particularly among underrepresented minorities. 


Cocktail Reception 
5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Trent Semans Center Great Hall

The event and reception are open to the community.  We ask that you RSVP using the link below.