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Yale Department of Psychiatry Diversity Committee


Diversity Task Force

John H. Krystal, MD, Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, established the Psychiatry Diversity Task Force in 2014 to make recommendations about how the department could improve its culture of support and diversity. A survey undertaken by the Task Force identified areas for improvement which were detailed in a report to the Chair; the report and his response were presented in a Grand Rounds on January 29, 2016.

Diversity Committee

In response to the recommendations and in 2015, the Task Force's mandate was extended permanently to create a Diversity Committee and a position of Assistant to the Chair for Diversity and Inclusion was also created. In 2015, Cindy Crusto, PhD, was appointed to that position. The Committee coordinates its efforts with the Faculty Advisory Committee to the School of Medicine, the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine, and the Deputy Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Yale School of Medicine.

The Diversity Committee continues to welcome input relevant to its charge. Please feel free to contact the co-chairs of the Committee or any of the members individually. Please know that if you have concerns that require immediate action or investigation for individual complaints, you should contact Merle Waxman, Associate Dean and Director of the Office for Women in Medicine, who is trained to help assist in resolving disputes and managing conflict. Her confidential line is 203-737-4100, or you can email her at

Diversity Committee Members

Nii Addy, PhD , Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Cindy Crusto, PhD, Deputy Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section)
Victoria D'Agostino, Director of Faculty Affairs and Compensation
Stefanie Gillson, MD, Psychiatry Resident
Juan Rodriguez Guzman, MD, Psychiatry Resident
Angela Haeny, PhD
, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Stephen Healy, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs and Compensation
Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Associate Residency Program Director; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Ismene Petrakis, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Professor of Psychiatry
Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology
Maya Prabhu, MD, LLB, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Robert Rohrbaugh, MD, Residency Program Director; Professor of Psychiatry
Danilo Rojas-Velasquez, MD, Psychiatry Resident; Resident Physician, Psychiatry
Teofilo Matos Santana, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
William Sledge, MD, George D. and Esther S. Gross Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
Timothy VanDeusen, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Maria Garcia Vassallo, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Janan Wyatt, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

December 15, 2020: The Yale Department of Psychiatry hosts a presentation by Secretary and Vice President for University Life Kimberly Goff-Crews and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Gary Desir, MD, who discussed university initiatives on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Watch