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Resident Distinction Pathway

We are excited to announce a new Global Mental Health Distinction Pathway for current Yale Psychiatry residents during the academic 2021-2022 year. The overall goal of Distinction Pathway is to further the Yale Global Mental Health Program Mission to increase awareness of global mental health issues and social disparities while developing tools to address associated challenges both at home and abroad.

Residents who complete the distinction pathway will gain valuable clinical practice insight and have opportunity for mentored scholarly project in global mental health with funding support.


Requirements for the Yale Global Mental Health Distinction Pathway are divided into three categories:

  • Clinical or research/academic opportunity
  • Education including monthly seminars and quarterly discussion sessions
  • Capstone project leading to poster presentation, oral presentation or publication

Clinical or academic opportunities

  • Street Psychiatry with Emma Lo
  • Grant Per Diem/VACT Homeless Programs with Theddeus Iheanacho
  • Refugee Care with Aniyizhai Annamalai
  • Hispanic Clinic with Michelle Silva
  • Psychosis research in low-resource settings and under-represented populations with Rajiv Radhakrishnan
  • Mental health in the Muslim population with Hamada Altalib
  • HAPPINESS Project with Theddeus Iheanacho
  • Substance use disorders, related HIV problems, drug use policy, pain research with Marek Chawarski


  • Monthly Seminar Series.
  • Quarterly discussion sessions: bringing together trainees and faculty members around one topic.


  • Participating residents develop mentored, funded scholarly project (clinical, research, education) in any broad aspect of global mental health activities leading to a capstone product (poster or oral presentation or publication)
  • During the journal club/discussion sessions, residents present their ongoing projects, receiving feedback and facilitating ideas to enhance their projects.