Resident Recognized for Commitment to Public Service

02/06/2012: Tichianaa Armah, MD, a fourth-year resident in Yale's Department of Psychiatry will receive the prestigious Vera Paster Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association. This annual award recognizes an outstanding trainee in a mental health discipline for research and public service that contributes to the empowerment of people of color.

"Tichianaa arrived at our program with an outstanding record of community involvement," noted Robert Rohrbaugh, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and the department's Residency Program Director. "Her passion for giving back to her community continues at Yale and in New Haven."

Dr. Armah has demonstrated a dedication to serve African Americans and Latinos. She is the Chief Resident of the Connecticut Mental Health Center's Hispanic Clinic and speaks Spanish fluently.

She is currently exploring ways to empower Spanish-speaking patients to understand their medications, possible side effects, treatment goals and to facilitate communication with other providers.

Dr. Armah mentors local high school students and is a model for residents to get involved in service projects. She actively participated in the development of a project to teach cultural sensitivity to residents, resulting in a poster presentation at the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Programs.

Last year, she joined the planning committee of the New Haven Health & Science Career Fair, intent on exposing local youth to the exciting field of psychiatry.

The 2012 Vera Paster Award will be presented to Dr. Armah at the American Orthopsychiatric Association's Family Symposium at the end of March in Greenville, SC.

The American Orthopsychiatric Association provides a forum for collaboration among individuals concerned with issues of social justice and mental health.

For more information:

The American Orthopsychiatric Association

4th Annual Family Symposium

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