Committee for Diversity and Inclusion

Co-Chairs

Jean-Marie Bradford, MD and David Leonardo, MD, PhD

Mission

To guide departmental efforts to enhance the racial and ethnic diversity of the faculty

Overview

The Committee for Diversity and Inclusion was appointed and held its first meeting on March 24th, 2014 and has met monthly since. The Committee has focused on implementing the recommendations of the department’s 2013 Diversity Task Force Report as follows:

Recruitment: to enhance the pipeline to careers in psychiatry by supporting departmental and university-wide initiatives to increase the number of trainees from underrepresented racial/ ethnic groups at the level of medical student, resident, and fellow. In addition, the committee endeavors to identify both junior faculty from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups for promotion and prominent faculty from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups for recruitment to senior positions.

Faculty Development: to assess the needs of faculty members from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups and implement programming targeted to address those needs.

Promoting the value of diversity: to publicize the Department’s interest in creating a diverse environment and to raise awareness within the Department of the value of an ethnically diverse faculty.

Members

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD
Co-Director of the Residency Program in Psychiatry
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at CUIMC

Jonathan Amiel, MD
Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs at Columbia University’s
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUIMC

Adriane Birt, MD
Director, Mobile Crisis Service
Medical Director for Quality in Adult Psychiatry, NYPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUIMC

Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH
Lambert Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at CUIMC,
in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Stephanie Le Melle, MD
Co-Director, Public Psychiatry Fellowship
at New York State Psychiatric Institute
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at CUIMC

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez , MD
Director of the NYS Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and
the Hispanic Treatment Program at New York State Psychiatric Institute
Professor of Psychiatry at CUIMC

Accomplishments & Current Activities

  • Career Development Panel for residents, postdocs, and faculty from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups
  • Needs survey for faculty
  • Summer medical student program (funded by SAMHSA) to increase pipeline
  • List of suggested Grand Rounds Speakers from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds for Columbia Grand Rounds committee
  • Effort coordination with other departments across the medical center and the office of Diversity at Columbia's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons through the Kenneth A Forde Diversity Alliance

Contact Us

Jean-Marie Bradford, MD
alvesbr@nyspi.columbia.edu
646-774-5120

David Leonardo, MD, PhD
el367@nyspi.columbia.edu
646-774-7105

Links