Diversity & Health Equity Connect

Our team efforts are in alignment with the APA Strategic Plan: Supporting and increasing diversity within APA; serving the needs of evolving, diverse, underrepresented, and underserved patient populations; and working to end disparities in mental health care. These are challenging times for everyone, but particularly for individuals of diverse communities with mental illness and substance use disorders. Collectively, we must continue to think creatively and critically to achieve mental health equity.

Reach our team by emailing ddhe@psych.org.

Meet Our Team


Regina James, M.D.

Chief, Diversity and Health Equity and Deputy Medical Director

View Bio


Gabriel Escontrias, Jr., Ed.D.

Director, Health Equity

View Bio


Nadia Woods, M.S.W.

Associate Director, Workforce Inclusion

View Bio


Yvonne Hill, M.S.

Senior Program Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement

View Bio


Katherine Ramirez, M.A.

Senior Program Manager, Governance

View Bio


Tanya Thabjan, M.P.P., P.M.P.

Senior Program Manager, Psychiatric Workforce Diversity

View Bio


Douglas LeBlanc, Jr., M.P.H.

Program Manager, Psychiatric Workforce Diversity

View Bio