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Racism and Psychiatry

Contemporary Issues and Interventions

  • Morgan M. Medlock
  • Derri Shtasel
  • Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
  • David R. Williams
  • The only current text to offer a foundation in addressing racism within mental health care

  • Offers clinical guidelines for fighting racial injustice within mental health care

  • Written by thought leaders in the field


Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Historical Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, Danielle R. Hairston, Shadé Miller, Rupinder Legha, Steven Starks
      Pages 3-19
  3. Contemporary Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Kellee White, Jourdyn A. Lawrence
      Pages 37-53
    3. Jeffrey Olivet, Marc Dones, Molly Richard
      Pages 55-69
    4. David Beckmann, Keris Jän Myrick, Derri Shtasel
      Pages 71-86
    5. Lisa L. Moore, Claire Carswell
      Pages 87-103
    6. Danielle R. Hairston, Tresha A. Gibbs, Shane Shucheng Wong, Ayana Jordan
      Pages 105-137
  4. Contemporary Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Kean Baxter, Morgan M. Medlock, Ezra E. H. Griffith
      Pages 141-156
    3. Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, Chun-Yi Joey Cheung, Esther E. Velasquez, Kiara Alvarez, Christine Crawford, Margarita Alegría
      Pages 157-179
    4. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, Kimberlyn Leary
      Pages 181-203
    5. Derri Shtasel, Andrew D. Carlo, Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
      Pages 205-216
    6. Chelsi West Ohueri, Virginia A. Brown, William B. Lawson
      Pages 217-232
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


This book addresses the unique sociocultural and historical systems of oppression that have alienated African-American and other racial minority patients within the mental healthcare system.  This text aims to build a novel didactic curriculum addressing racism, justice, and community mental health as these issues intersect clinical practice.  Unlike any other resource, this guide moves beyond an exploration of the problem of racism and its detrimental effects, to a practical, solution-oriented discussion of how to understand and approach the mental health consequences with a lens and sensitivity for contemporary justice issues. After establishing the historical context of racism within organized medicine and psychiatry, the text boldly examines contemporary issues, including clinical biases in diagnosis and treatment, addiction and incarceration, and perspectives on providing psychotherapy to racial minorities.  The text concludes with chapters covering training and medical education within this sphere, approaches to supporting patients coping with racism and discrimination, and strategies for changing institutional practices in mental healthcare.


Written by thought leaders in the field, Racism and Psychiatry is the only current tool for psychiatrists, psychologists, administrators, educators, medical students, social workers, and all clinicians working to treat patients dealing with issues of racism at the point of mental healthcare. 


Sociocultural systems of oppression Racism and psychotherapy Sensitivity in medical education Mental health advocacy Mental health and social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Morgan M. Medlock
    • 1
  • Derri Shtasel
    • 2
  • Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
    • 3
  • David R. Williams
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesHoward University HospitalWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Social and Behavioral SciencesHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthBostonUSA

About the editors

Morgan M. Medlock, MD, MDiv, MPH, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Howard University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Washington, District of Columbia, USA


Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, MD, MPH, Director, MGH Psychiatry Center for Diversity, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Harvard University, Department of African and African American Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Racism and Psychiatry
  • Book Subtitle Contemporary Issues and Interventions
  • Editors Morgan M. Medlock
    Derri Shtasel
    Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
    David R. Williams
  • Series Title Current Clinical Psychiatry
  • Series Abbreviated Title Current Clinical Psychiatry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-90196-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07959-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90197-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 255
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychiatry
    Psychology, general
    General Practice / Family Medicine
    Public Health
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