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Isom, Miller Named Lead Editors of 'Community Mental Health Journal'

February 10, 2021

Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, and Rebecca Miller, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, have been named Lead Editors of the Community Mental Health Journal.

In this role, Isom and Miller will identify important areas of scholarship and help Editor-in-Chief Sandra Steingard and other members of the journal’s leadership team in the review process.

In a statement, Steingard said that in the coming months the journal will improve its work on antiracism and the inclusion of members of those groups that have been underrepresented in academic publishing.

From the journal’s announcement:

“Isom is a board-certified community psychiatrist and clinical instructor at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She is an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center as well as Boston Medical Center. She holds a number of leadership positions in psychiatric organizations. Her professional activities entail efforts at reducing racial and ethnic mental health disparities, mitigating the impact of implicit racial bias on clinical care, and the use of a community-focused population health approach in psychiatric practice. Her anti-racism teaching highlights the history of medical racism and interpersonal challenges in interracial interactions and provides a language for naming and responding to racism at multiple levels. She is a graduate of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program.”

“Miller is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Her research work at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health has focused on training and research in person-centered approaches to care, peer support, and citizenship for people with mental illness. Other interests include education and training of psychologists and psychiatry residents, systems transformation, innovative approaches to working with people with serious mental illness and recovery-oriented care. She currently serves as Director of Peer Support and Family Initiatives at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, where she uses her own lived experience with mental illness to inform her work.”

Submitted by Christopher Gardner on February 10, 2021