Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Our Committment


We are committed to training residents to become psychiatrists who impact our field and our communities depends on experiences in a diverse community of teammates, colleagues, and patients. We are committed to increasing diversity in our program and department, fostering inclusion in our learner community, and growing our opportunities to treat patients from diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings.

  • Our education prioritizes knowledge of health care disparities, training in cultural competence and microaggressions, and the important history of racial discrimination in Psychiatry.
  • Our community fosters a climate of respect, integrity, inclusion, and open dialogue between individuals from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual preferences.
  • Our recruitment efforts prioritize holistic review and seek to welcome residents and faculty who come from backgrounds represented in our diverse Houston community including underrepresented minorities and international medical graduates.
  • Our diverse faculty not only benefit our educational community but also serve as mentors and educational consultants to residents who may need additional support.

We are pleased with our success in recruiting applicants from diverse cultures, races, and ethnicities. 

Diversity By-the-Numbers

2021 Clinical Trainees by Race/Ethnicity

  • Black or African American - 19%
  • White - 29%
  • Asian - 34%
  • Hispanic or Latino - 6%
  • Did Not Disclose - 10%
  • Two or More Races - 2%

Departmental DEI Initiatives

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John Saunders

Trainee Subcommittee


Residents are invited to join the Department of Psychiatry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainee subcommittee each year, under the leadership of Dr. John Saunders, Vice Chair for DEI.

We are proud to encourage and support resident involvement in institutional DEI efforts.

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Equity Trailblazer Award Chantelle Shaw

Equity Trailblazer Award


Congratulations to Chantelle Shaw, D.O., for her efforts in measuring the impact of the BCM 12-day Anti-racism challenge 2021. She received BCM’s 2022 Equity Trailblazer Award, trainee category, for significant contributions in moving Baylor toward a more diverse and inclusive community.


DEI Education


Integrated DEI curriculum – The DEI seminar series includes self-study modules from a compiled DEI video library database, individual and group mentorship, and a longitudinal QI series. In addition, the Vice Chair for DEI holds quarterly “Safe Space” conversations sessions for residents to process their reactions to events related to discrimination, microaggressions and racial violence in the community.

  • PGY1 topics: Social Justice, History of Race within Medicine and Psychiatry, History of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Medicine and Psychiatry, Cultural competency, DEI- focused Quality Improvement principles part 1
  • PGY2 topics: Health Inequities based on Gender and Sexuality, Inclusive culture and safe spaces, Intersectionality and medicine, Allyship, DEI-focused Quality Improvement principles part 2
  • PGY3 topics: Advocacy, Structural Competency, Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health, DEI- focused Quality Improvement principles part 3
  • PGY4 topics: Immigrant Mental Health, Trauma-Informed Care, Justice Involved Individuals and Mental Health Inequities

Training with Diverse Patient Populations


Residents train in diverse settings with diverse patient populations including:

  • Ben Taub Hospital and Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics
  • Harris Health Community Clinics
  • Alliance Clinic for International Trauma Survivors
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  • Harris County Jail
  • Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Legacy Community Health