Esperanza Diaz MD

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

Biographical Info

Esperanza Díaz M.D. provides teaching and supervision for Yale medical students, psychiatry residents, and trainees from other disciplines such as psychology, nursing and social work. Dr. Diaz received her M.D. degree from the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She finished Psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. She is a board Certified Psychiatrist and fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a psychoanalyst. Her research concentrates on adherence to medications, development of culturally sensitive mental health services to Hispanics with persistent mental disorders, development of teaching methods of cultural competence. She has received research awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Diaz’s professional interests are focused on improving mental health services to Hispanics and education focusing on interviewing, cultural sensitivity and competence. She is a member of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry. She is a leadership member of the APA Hispanic Caucus. She is the recipient of the 2012 American Psychiatric Association Assembly Member in Training Award, and the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents. She served on the SAMHSA advisory committee for women services. She serves on NIMH and NIH scientific reviews. She is reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

Education & Training

Javeriana University, Colombia (1978)
Yale University

Honors & Recognition

  • Felllow
    American Psychiatric Association (2006)
  • Stephen Fleck MD Faculty Award, as exemplary Physician and Clinician Teacher
    Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (2012)
  • American Psychiatric Association, Assembly Member-in-Training (MIT) Mentor Award. 2012
    American Psychiatric Association Assembly (2012)
  • American Psychiatric Association Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Resident 2012
    American Psychiatric Association (2012)

Professional Service

  • Chair and Organizer, Yale Dpt of Psychiatry-CMHC-Stateof CT-NAMI (10- 6-2001 - 10-6-2001)
  • Leader, UBHC UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (02/01/2006 - 06/30/2008)

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