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Nientara Anderson, MD, MHS

Psychiatry Resident; Student Leader, Art and identity Workshops, Program for Humanities in Medicine

Contact Information

Nientara Anderson, MD, MHS

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    Department of Psychiatry, 300 George Street

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States


During my undergraduate degree in Fine Art, I focused on art and art history with a special interest in race and gender studies. As a medical student, my research centered on race and racism in medical education. In my Master’s thesis research in History of Science and Medicine—conducted under the advisement of Dr. Naomi Rogers, PhD and Dr. John Warner, PhD—I examined the history of physician activism for racial justice, with a particular focus on the role played by Yale medical students in the Black Panthers’ May Day Rally. I also delivered several talks, based on my research, about the racialization of Black student protest vs. white student protest in the media and in historical retelling.

I am currently working with Dr. Dowin Boatright, MD, MHS, MBA and Dr. Anna Reisman, MD, to further our research on racism in medicine and medical education. We are examining many different aspects of medical training, from admissions processes, to Milestone assessments, grant funding, institutional portraiture, the role of the humanities in medicine, and racial attitudes among trainees and faculty. In addition, I am a cofounder and organizer of RebPsych, a conference on the intersection of mental health and social justice, and I am a co-leader History, Health, and Humanities, a multidisciplinary reading group which explores how humanities scholarship can influence how we think about health and the delivery of healthcare. Clinically, I am interested in addiction psychiatry and hope to be able to help people of color and other historically oppressed folx receive equitable treatment for substance use disorders. To that end, I am currently working with the Imani Breakthrough Project to deliver substance use treatment in the setting of Black and Latinx churches. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming outdoors, reading fiction, and amateur mixology.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Yale School of Medicine (2020)
  • MHS
    Yale School of Medicine, History of Science and Medicine (2020)
  • BA
    Yale College, Fine Art (2006)