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Carmen Black, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director of Social Justice and Health Equity (SJHE) Education, Adult Psychiatry

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Carmen Black, MD


I am a native of Augusta, Georgia, and an honored second-generation graduate of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). Ever the Francophile, I completed my undergraduate education in psychology and French studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I am trained in psychiatry by both the University of Pennsylvania and by my alma mater, MCG. I joined the Yale School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in September 2019. My primary clinical appointment is at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. There, I am able to marry my dedication to provide quality clinical care to racially minoritized populations with academic research.

My professional identity is rooted in being a fiercely proud, outspoken, family-oriented African American physician. I am a strong supporter of racial diversity in medicine. My research interests focus on promoting racial diversity within academic medicine and addressing iatrogenic influences of poor patient care, specifically racial and mental health discrimination within daily clinical practice. My work in iatrogenesis has led me to become a national advocate for patient and provider safety through promoting the equitable treatment of behavioral emergencies by removing police- and security-based interventions from general hospital medicine.

Education & Training

  • Senior Resident
    Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University (2019)
  • Resident
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2018)
  • Intern
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2016)
  • MD
    Medical College of Georgia (2015)
  • BSc
    Concordia University, Psychology (2008)


  • Is Racism a Public Health Issue?
    Hamden, United States 2021
  • Racism and Mental Health: Healing from Racial Trauma
    Hamden, United States 2020
  • Protecting our Health: Surviving the COVID-19 Era and Recognizing Health Disparities within our Communities
    Hamden, United States 2020
  • Implicit Bias Discussion
    Hamden, United States 2020
  • Compassionate Use of Force
    Ethics Talk Podcast April 2021 Edition 2020
  • Urban Talk Radio with Shafiq Abdussabar
    New Haven, United States 2020
  • Mental Health, Wellness, and Recovery
    North Haven, United States 2020
  • How can we treat what we cannot diagnose correctly? – Misdiagnosis of severe affective disorders in minorities
    Philadelphia, United States 2020
  • Psychiatric Emergencies in Non-Psychiatric Locations: Perception Precludes Preparedness
    Phoenix, United States 2019
  • A Real-Time Perspective of Bias in Mental Health
    Rochester, United States 2019
  • A Perspective of Bias in Real-Time
    Savannah, United States 2019

Honors & Recognition

Public Voices Fellow of the Op-Ed Project2022
Faculty Excellence and Diversity Initiative (FEDI)2019

Professional Service

Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)Medical Student Site Representative for CMHC2021 - Present
Social Justice and Health Equity - Human Experience TrackCommittee Member2021 - Present
American Journal of Geriatric PsychiatryAssociate Editor2020 - Present
Schizophrenia ResearchTheme issue entitled: Race, Racism, and Psychotic Illness – Exploring the Treatment Experiences and Outcomes of Black and African American Individuals2020 - Present