A Tribute to Black History Month


As February comes to a close, we reflect on this month's contributions.




On behalf of Psychiatric TimesTM, I would like to thank each and every one of our contributors for making the Black History Month series impactful, current, and relevant to advancing the conversation about equality in psychiatry and the world.

Special thanks to Frank Clark, MD, Diversity & Inclusion section editor, for marshalling the project. Please enjoy each of this month’s pieces.

Series editor, Frank Clark, MD: Mentorship: Salute to a Windy City Educator

Balkozar Adam, MD, Rameshwari V. Tumuluru, MD, and Sarah H. Arshad, MD: Why Psychiatry Training Must Include Discussions on Structural Racism

Rakin Hoq, MD, and Balkozar S. Adam, MD: Black Americans’ Distrust of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Rahn Bailey, MD, and Amit Grover, MBBS: Why Is Black History Month Important to Psychiatry?

Jessica Isom, MD, MPH: 10 Antiracist Habits for Psychiatrists

Jonathan S. Jones, PhD: Race and Opioids: Lessons From the Civil War-Era Opioid Addiction Crisis

H. Steven Moffic, MD, and Rahn Bailey, MD: If I Had a Hammer: Advancing the Conversation in Psychiatry and Racism

H. Steven Moffic, MD: Purcell Pearson: A Young Black Man Who Dreamt of Becoming a Psychiatrist

Leah Kuntz: 7 Black Physicians That Made History in the Mental Health Field

Special thanks to Greg Eghigian, PhD, History of Psychiatry section editor for Psychiatric TimesTM, for submitting on behalf of Dr Jones.

Dr Miller is medical director, Brain Health, Exeter, NH; editor in chief, Psychiatric TimesTM; staff psychiatrist, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Exeter, NH; consulting psychiatrist, Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH; consulting psychiatrist, Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA.

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