Esperanza Diaz, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Director Hispanic Clinic and Latino Behavioral Health System; Associate Director Psychiatry Residency Program

Research Interests

Affective Disorders, Psychotic; Depressive Disorder; Hispanic Americans; Psychiatry; Schizophrenia; Teaching; Global Health; Cultural Diversity; Mood Disorders; Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center

Faculty Research

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Adherence to medication in persistent mental disorders. Mental Health Services for Latino Populations: exploring influences affecting access and retention. Exploring effective methods to teach cultural sensitivity. Application of the Cultural formulation interview for DSM 5 in clinical and educational settings. Influences of bias and prejudices on mental health care.

Specialized Terms: Medication adherence in Latinos; Culturally sensitive services; Ethnicity and language influences on mood disorders diagnoses; Teaching methods for cultural sensitivity; Cultural formulation interview DSM5

Extensive Research Description

Adherence to treatment and medications for serious mental disorders. Development of culturally sensitive mental health services.

The Latino Behavioral Health, an expansion of mental health services to primary care and community agencies.

Development methods to teach cultural competence and sensitivity

Cultural Formulation Interview for DSM 5.

Selected Publications

  • Diaz, E., Armah, T., Hinton, L. “Supplementary Module: Social Network” in Lewis-Fernandez R., Aggarwal, N., Hinton, L., Hinton, D., Kirmayer, L. (Editors) DSM-5 Handbook on the Cultural Formulation Interview. Accepted for Publication. American Psychiatric Publishing
  • Cultural Psychiatry and Public Health Diaz, E. Silva, M., Garcia-Aracena F., Paris, M., Anez, L., Barkil-Oteo, A., Delphin, M. “Cultural Psychiatry and Public Health” in Steiner, J. & Jacobs, S. (Editors) Yale Textbook of Public Psychiatry Accepted for Publication, Oxford Press
  • Inconsistencies in diagnosis and symptoms among bilingual and English-speaking Latinos and Euro-Americans.

    Díaz E, Miskemen T, Vega WA, Gara M, Wilson DR, Lesser I, Escamilla M, Neighbors HW, Arndt S, Strakowski S.(2009) Inconsistencies in diagnosis and symptoms among bilingual and English-speaking Latinos and Euro-Americans.

  • Effects of ethnicity on psychotropic medications adherence

    Diaz E, Woods SW, Rosenheck RA. Effects of ethnicity on psychotropic medications adherence. Community Ment Health J. 2005 Oct;41(5):521-37.

  • Novel Brief Cultural Psychiatry Training for Residents

    Diaz, E., Armah, T., Linse, C., Fiskin, A., Jordan, A.,Hafler, J. “Novel Brief Cultural Psychiatry Training for Residents. Academic Psychiatry, 2016, 40: 366-368 DOI 10.1007/s40596-015-0279-z

  • “How Do Clinicians Prefer Cultural Competence Training? Findings from the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview Field Trial”

    Aggarwal N, Lam, P., Castillo, E., Weiss, M.D., Diaz E, et al “How Do Clinicians Prefer Cultural Competence Training? Findings from the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview Field Trial” Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4): 584-591. doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0429-3. PMID: 26449983

  • Using the Cultural Formulation Interview to Build Culturally Sensitive Services Diaz, E., Añez, L.M., Silva, M., Paris, M., Davidson., L. "Using the Cultural Formulation Interview to Build Culturally Sensitive Services". Psychiatric Services. In Press 2017
  • Feasibility, Acceptability, and Clinical Utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview: Mixed-Methods Results from the DSM-5 International Field Trial Lewis-Fernandez, R., Aggarwal, N., Lam, P., Galfalvy, H., Weiss, M., Kirmayer, L., Deshpande, S., Diaz, E., Nicasio, A., Boiler, M., Alarcon, R., Rohlof, H., Groen, S., VanDijk, R., Jadhav, S., et al. "Feasibility, Acceptability, and Clinical Utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview: Mixed-Methods Results from the DSM-5 International Field Trial". British Journal of Psychiatry. In Press

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