Esperanza Diaz, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Connecticut Latino Behavioral Health System | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Yale Global Mental Health Program

Office of Student Research

Global Health Initiative: Social & Behavioral Health

Office of Cooperative Research


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

MD Javeriana University, Colombia (1978)
Resident Yale University school of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • Stephen Fleck MD Faculty Award, as exemplary Physician and Clinician TeacherDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (2012)

  • American Psychiatric Association Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Resident 2012American Psychiatric Association (2012)

  • American Psychiatric Association, Assembly Member-in-Training (MIT) Mentor Award. 2012American Psychiatric Association Assembly (2012)

  • Felllow American Psychiatric Association (2006)

Professional Service

  • Led organization of Clinica Latina offering Mental Health Services to Hispanics, New Brunswick and Newark NJ at UBHC UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School UBHC UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2006 - 2008)

  • Integrated Review Group Study Sections, Center for Scientific Review, CSR, NIH, National Research Service Awards NRSA National Institute of Health (2004)

  • Psychiatry Resident recruitment Committee

  • Organized and chair first Spanish mental health educational conference for Latinos in greater New Haven Yale Dpt of Psychiatry-CMHC-Stateof CT-NAMI

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