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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. attended Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, and completed Psychiatry residency training at Yale. She graduated from the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. As medical director of the Hispanic Clinic and its expansion to the community, mental health services for Limited English proficiency populations are a model. She founded the Hispanic Psychiatry Fellowship addressing mental health disparities in Latinos. Along with residents, she developed the Cultural Psychiatry curriculum, a predecessor of the Social Justice and Health Equity curriculum. Her work with the medical school Teaching and Learning Center addresses cultural sensitivity and microaggressions management training. Using an experiential model, she leads interviewing training for residents. She chairs the evaluation committee to review and revise the Yale Psychiatry evaluation system.

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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