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Anderson, Enendu, Moreno Receive 2023 American Psychiatric Association Foundation Fellowships

July 17, 2023

Three Yale Psychiatry residents are recent recipients of American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) fellowships.

Kaosoluchi Enendu, MD, MBA, a third-year resident, has received the organization’s Leadership Fellowship. Fourth-year resident Nientara Anderson, MD, MHS, and third-year resident Marcos Moreno, MD, were selected as fellows in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program (SAMHSA MFP).

Leadership Fellowship

Enendu’s two-year resident fellowship, for the 2023-25 academic year, aims to develop national leaders in psychiatry by offering trainees opportunities to interact with national thought leaders and further develop their professional leadership skills, networks, and psychiatric experiences.

Enendu has demonstrated her leadership abilities as the co-President of the Psychiatry Residents' Association, by founding the first medical school mission-based program dedicated to training students in best practices for caring for African, Black, and Caribbean programs, and through her various past leadership positions and initiatives in the Student National Medical Association. Enendu is also a member of the AAMC working group to establish best practices for Student Mental Health work.

As a fellowship recipient, Enendu will gain an understanding of APA/APAF governance, attend workshops at APA Annual Meetings, and be exposed to training opportunities. Many APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship graduates have gone on to become nationally renowned psychiatrists, assuming leadership roles in APA/APAF organizations and other reputable organizations, and we know Enendu will follow in those footsteps.

SAMHSA Minority Fellowship

The SAMHSA MFP provides a one-year fellowship to psychiatry residents who are committed to addressing minority psychiatric mental health disparities. In addition to a $15,000 grant for capstone project expenses, recipients will attend the APA Annual Meeting, APA September Component Meeting, and other educational events, including orientation sessions. Fellows develop leadership skills in the field of psychiatry and advance understanding of the life experiences of racial/ethnic minority communities, participate in workshop presentations at APA meetings, and attend training opportunities that develop psychiatry leaders with an interest in improving the quality of mental health care for diverse and underserved populations.

Anderson’s research centers on race and racism in medical education and history of science and medicine. She is a co-founder of RebPsych, a conference on the intersection of mental health and social justice, a director of the History of Psychiatry curriculum for the Yale Psychiatry residency, and a co-leader History, Health, and Humanities, a multidisciplinary reading group that explores how humanities scholarship can influence how care providers think about health and the delivery of healthcare. Anderson plans to use her funding to conduct research on bias and racial disparities in medical education.

Moreno has demonstrated a long history of service and advocacy for underserved populations. He is a National Health Service Corp scholar recipient who has committed to working in low-income communities, is a founding member of a medical brigade’s chapter with service in Africa and Latin America, was a speaker at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, and has served as an author in two books discussing health policy, health disparities, and Native American populations. Moreno plans to use his grant funding for a project addressing mental health stigma and improving health integration in Indigenous communities, to be implemented in his home community in Arizona, the Pascua Yaqui Reservation.

Submitted by Jordan Sisson on July 17, 2023