Esperanza Diaz, MD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Medical Director Hispanic Clinic and Latino Behavioral Health System
  • Associate Director Psychiatry Residency Program

Esperanza Díaz M.D. provides teaching and supervision for Yale medical students, psychiatry residents, and trainees from other disciplines such as psychology, nursing and social work. Dr. Diaz received her M.D. degree from the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She finished Psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. She is a board Certified Psychiatrist and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a psychoanalyst. Her research concentrates on adherence to medications, development of culturally sensitive mental health services to Hispanics with persistent mental disorders, development of teaching methods of cultural sensitive care. She has received research awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Diaz’s professional interests are focused on improving mental health services to Hispanics and education focusing on interviewing, cultural sensitive services and mental health disparities. She is a member of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry. She is a leadership member of the APA Hispanic Caucus. She is the recipient of the 2012 inaugural American Psychiatric Association Assembly Member in Training Mentor Award, and the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents. She served on the SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women Services. She serves on NIMH and NIH scientific reviews. She is reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

Research interests
Affective Disorders, Psychotic; Depressive Disorder; Hispanic Americans; Psychiatry; Schizophrenia; Teaching; Global Health; Cultural Diversity; Mood Disorders; Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features
Research summary

Adherence to medication in persistent mental disorders. Mental Health Services for Latino Populations: exploring influences affecting access and retention. Exploring effective methods to teach cultural sensitivity. Application of the Cultural formulation interview for DSM 5 in clinical and educational settings. Influences of bias and prejudices on mental health care.

Specialized Terms: Medication adherence in Latinos; Culturally sensitive services; Ethnicity and language influences on mood disorders diagnoses; Teaching methods for cultural sensitivity; Cultural formulation interview DSM5

  • MD, Javeriana University, Colombia, 1978
  • Diaz, E., Armah, T., Hinton, L. “Supplementary Module: Social Network” in Lewis-Fernandez R., Aggarwal, N., Hinton, L., Hinton, D., Kirmayer, L. (Editors) DSM-5 Handbook on the Cultural Formulation Interview. Accepted for Publication. American Psychiatric Publishing
  • Diaz, E. Silva, M., Garcia-Aracena F., Paris, M., Anez, L., Barkil-Oteo, A., Delphin, M. “Cultural Psychiatry and Public Health” in Steiner, J. & Jacobs, S. (Editors) Yale Textbook of Public Psychiatry Accepted for Publication, Oxford Press
  • Díaz E, Miskemen T, Vega WA, Gara M, Wilson DR, Lesser I, Escamilla M, Neighbors HW, Arndt S, Strakowski S.(2009) Inconsistencies in diagnosis and symptoms among bilingual and English-speaking Latinos and Euro-Americans.
  • Diaz E, Woods SW, Rosenheck RA. Effects of ethnicity on psychotropic medications adherence. Community Ment Health J. 2005 Oct;41(5):521-37.
  • Diaz, E., Armah, T., Linse, C., Fiskin, A., Jordan, A.,Hafler, J. “Novel Brief Cultural Psychiatry Training for Residents. Academic Psychiatry, 2016, 40: 366-368 DOI 10.1007/s40596-015-0279-z
  • Aggarwal N, Lam, P., Castillo, E., Weiss, M.D., Diaz E, et al “How Do Clinicians Prefer Cultural Competence Training? Findings from the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview Field Trial” Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4): 584-591. doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0429-3. PMID: 26449983
  • Diaz, E., Añez, L.M., Silva, M., Paris, M., Davidson., L. "Using the Cultural Formulation Interview to Build Culturally Sensitive Services". Psychiatric Services. In Press 2017
  • Lewis-Fernandez, R., Aggarwal, N., Lam, P., Galfalvy, H., Weiss, M., Kirmayer, L., Deshpande, S., Diaz, E., Nicasio, A., Boiler, M., Alarcon, R., Rohlof, H., Groen, S., VanDijk, R., Jadhav, S., et al. "Feasibility, Acceptability, and Clinical Utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview: Mixed-Methods Results from the DSM-5 International Field Trial". British Journal of Psychiatry. In Press
Current projects

Adherence to treatment and medications for serious mental disorders. Development of culturally sensitive mental health services.

The Latino Behavioral Health, an expansion of mental health services to primary care and community agencies.

Development methods to teach cultural competence and sensitivity

Cultural Formulation Interview for DSM 5.

  • Life Fellow
  • American Psychiatric Association Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Resident 2012
  • American Psychiatric Association, Assembly Member-in-Training (MIT) Mentor Award. 2012
  • Felllow
  • Stephen Fleck MD Faculty Award, as exemplary Physician and Clinician Teacher
  • Organized and chair first Spanish mental health educational conference for Latinos in greater New Haven
    Yale Dpt of Psychiatry-CMHC-Stateof CT-NAMI
  • Led organization of Clinica Latina offering Mental Health Services to Hispanics, New Brunswick and Newark NJ at UBHC UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    UBHC UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    (2006 - 2008)
  • Integrated Review Group Study Sections, Center for Scientific Review, CSR, NIH, National Research Service Awards NRSA
    National Institute of Health
  • Psychiatry Resident recruitment Committee