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New Podcast Features Conversations with Leading Women Psychiatrists

  • March 18, 2024
  • APA Leadership, Public awareness, What APA is Doing For You

The field of psychiatry has greatly benefited from the contributions of women, who have played a crucial role in advancing research and clinical practice. Women psychiatrists have made significant strides in understanding mental illnesses and developing effective treatments. One such pioneer is Helen Mayberg, M.D., whose groundbreaking work on deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression has transformed the field. Nada Stotland, M.D., a former president of the APA, is another remarkable trailblazer who has played an instrumental role in advocating for policy changes that reduce stigma and improve access to mental health care. There are countless women like Dr. Mayberg and Dr. Stotland who have furthered the field of psychiatry in so many ways.

Despite being crucial contributors, women physicians continue to face challenges and gender inequities in medicine. It is vital to understand these challenges so that we can support and retain women physicians at both the individual and systemic levels. Anjali Gupta, M.D., the president of the Women Psychiatrists Caucus, is leading the effort to showcase exceptional women psychiatrist leaders and understand their journeys. She believes these stories are an important form of collective mentorship.

The new podcast series, Women in Psychiatry, will feature conversations with women psychiatrists from across the country, exploring their personal journeys in psychiatry and their experiences with work-life integration, mentorship, gender equity, and more. This podcast aims to raise awareness of different paths in psychiatry careers, provide mentorship to younger colleagues and future psychiatrists, and inspire both men and women leaders to consider creative solutions to present challenges.

To listen to these inspiring stories, tune in to APA’s Medical Mind Podcast beginning March 5.

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Guests will include:

  • Nada Stotland, M.D., Former President of the APA
  • Lisa Dixon, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Psychiatric Services
  • Ludmilla Barbosa De Faria, M.D., Associate Professor
  • Dionne Hart, M.D., Area 4 Trustee
  • Gia Merlo, M.D., Founding Director of the Medical Professionalism Program at Rice University

By Madonna Delfish, MPH
Senior Program Manager
APA Division of Diversity and Health Equity

Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

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