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MPS CME Activity: Impact of Racism in Maryland Psychiatry

September 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(A video recording of this meeting is now available, no credit is available. Please email mps@mdpsych.org if you’d like a link to the video.)


The Maryland Psychiatric Society presents: Impact of Racism in Maryland Psychiatry
A virtual CME meeting held via Zoom

Featuring Presentations By:

  • Ayah Nuriddin, MA, MLS, PhD: Psychiatric Jim Crow: The History and Legacy of Racism in Psychiatry in Maryland
  • Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, MD: Racism & Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions

Agenda: (Zoom link for meeting will be sent via email a few days before meeting)

6:30-7:15 Ayah Nuriddin, MA, MLS, PhD

7:15-8:00 Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, MD

8:00-8:30 Panel Discussion


Speaker Information:

Ayah Nuriddin, MA, MLS, PhD: Ayah defended her dissertation entitled “Liberation Eugenics: African Americans and the Science of Black Freedom Struggles, 1890-1970” in 2021, and is currently a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University. Ayah received her BA in International Studies (International Peace and Conflict Resolution) and History from American University in 2009. She received a dual Masters in History and Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014. Her Masters’ thesis, “Race, Sexuality, and the ‘Progressive Physician’: African American Doctors, Eugenics, and Public Health, 1900-1940,” examined the ways in which African American doctors and scientists interpreted and deployed eugenic thought within the context of racial uplift ideology. She was a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine in 2017-2018, and a Dissertation Fellow at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (CHSTM) in 2018-2019. Her work has been published in the Journal for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, the Lancet, Nursing Clio, and Somatosphere, and she has appeared on the Disability History Association podcast and American History TV on C-Span.

Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, MD: Dr. Kim Gordon is a double board-certified adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist , Principal consultant & Founder of BHETC, LLC (Bringing Health Equity Training to Communities) and Program Director for University of Maryland’s Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program . A talented educator and national leader, Dr. Kim Gordon has dual appointments at Tulane University School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is lead author of the Origins of Racism in American Medicine and Psychiatry In: Medlock et. al book, Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions. As an alum of the APA SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program she has used her specialized training in opioid maintenance treatment, trauma informed care, cultural competency, structural competency and social determinants of health to address mental health disparities in BIPOC communities and became the first Tulane black psychiatrists to hold a position on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and also become Chair of the Minority Fellowship Program. Dr. Gordon is the immediate past President of the Caucus of Black Psychiatrist and Vice Chair for the Council on Children Adolescents and Their Families of the American Psychiatric Association and the past Southern Regional Rep. for the Black Psychiatrists of America, Inc. She also was recently selected to be in the Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership WEL 2.0 Scholars Cohort funded by the Physicians Foundation. She has planned CME events and spoken at multiple conferences and academic sectors, including Taraji P Henson’s Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Psych Sign, American Psychiatric Association; IPS and Annual Meeting, Black Psychiatrists of America, Black Mental Health Alliance, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) around mental health disparities for children and adolescents and historically marginalized communities aka BIPOC and has expanded her reach as a member for the governing body of AACAP/AACP CALOCUS, to inform the public and payers on the need for practice models that rely on evidenced based approaches to addressing the level of care needs of psychiatric patients and their families.



At the end of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Consider the historical and current impact of racism on psychiatric practice
  • Analyze the impact of racism on Maryland mental health sectors and how racism is embedded in mental health and social services by exploring the history behind Crownsville Hospital for the Negro Insane in Maryland
  • Assess how racial and power dynamics within our field can affect the quality of the psychiatric services we provide
  • Identify anti-racist and anti-oppression strategies that psychiatrists in leadership roles (e.g. medical directors) can implement into service provision
  • Incorporate the above concepts in providing patient care to diverse populations


Accreditation Information:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Maryland Psychiatric Society (MPS).   The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Thank you to The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry for providing a grant for this educational activity.


September 22, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Maryland Psychiatric Society



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