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Esperanza Diaz, MD

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

Contact Information

Esperanza Diaz, MD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    300 George St

    New Haven, CT 06511-

    United States



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 her Psychiatry residency at Yale School of Medicine. She is a board-certified Psychiatrist and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a psychoanalyst. Her research concentrates on adherence to medications, the development of culturally sensitive mental health services to Hispanics with persistent mental disorders, development of teaching methods of culturally sensitive care. She has received research awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and from the 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, culturally sensitive services, and mental health disparities. She is a member of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry. She is the recipient of the 2012 inaugural American Psychiatric Association Assembly Member in Training Mentor 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 a reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

Education & Training

  • MA
    Yale University, Psychiatry (2018)
  • Medical Educational Fellowship
    Yale School of Medicine (2011)
  • Psychonalyst
    Western New England Inst. for Psychoanalysis (2002)
  • Resident
    Yale School of Medicine (1987)
  • MD
    Javeriana University (1978)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Simon Bolivar AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association2022
Life FellowAmerican Psychiatric Association2016
Stephen Fleck MD Faculty Award, as exemplary Physician and Clinician TeacherDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine2012
American Psychiatric Association Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Resident 2012American Psychiatric Association2012
American Psychiatric Association, Assembly Member-in-Training (MIT) Mentor Award. 2012American Psychiatric Association Assembly2012
FelllowAmerican Psychiatric Association2006

Professional Service

UBHC UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolLed organization of Clinica Latina offering Mental Health Services to Hispanics, New Brunswick and Newark NJ at UBHC UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School2006 - 2008
National Institute of HealthIntegrated Review Group Study Sections, Center for Scientific Review, CSR, NIH, National Research Service Awards NRSA2004 - Present
Psychiatry Resident recruitment Committee
Yale Dpt of Psychiatry-CMHC-Stateof CT-NAMIOrganized and chair first Spanish mental health educational conference for Latinos in greater New Haven

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