Chief of Diversity
Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
22. S. Greene Street, P1H10B
Education and Training
2002 B.S., Psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana (Cum Laude)
2007 M.D., Howard University College of Medicine
2007 - 2008 Internship, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
2008 - 2011 Residency, Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
2011 - 2012 Fellowship, Psychosomatic Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Dr. Forrester is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her Psychiatry residency training as well as Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is board certified in the sub-specialty of Psychosomatic Medicine, renamed Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She serves as the Dept of Psychiatry Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is the Chair of the Dept of Psychiatry Diversity Committee.
Dr. Forrester serves as the Director for the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical School of Medicine. She is also the coordinator of the Cultural Psychiatry resident course.
As Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Forrester provides strategic vision and leadership for all of the department’s diversity and inclusion activities and oversees the development and implementation of key goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Shift, Psycho-Oncology, Women's Mental Health, Social Justice, Health Equity
Forrester, A. Nagy, G., Bhatt-Mackin, S.: Learner Types: Social Roles Encountered in Multicultural Clinical Education in Psychiatry, Academic Psychiatry, 45(1), 130-131 Available online Jan 2021 doi 10.1007/s40596-020-01387-7
Forrester, A.: Why I Stay: The Other Side of Underrepresentation in Academia. New England Journal of Medicine, Available online 10 July 2020 doi: 10.1056/NEJMpv2022100
Forrester A., Latorre S., O'Dea P., Robinson C., Goldwaser E., Trenton A., Tobia A., Aziz R., Dhawan S., Brennan A., Kurukumbi M., Dong Y.,Benavides DR, Offurum A.: Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Identification of the Disorder and Management of Psychiatric Symptoms. Psychosomatics; Elsevier; Available online 29 April 2020 doi: 10.1016/j.psym PMID: 32507506
Hairston DR, de Similien RH, Himelhoch S, Forrester A: Treatment of phantom shocks: A case report. Int J. Psychiatry Med. 2018 Sept PMID 30244622
Weinberger T, Forrester A, Markov D: Major Depressive Disorder in Breast Cancer. Psychiatr Clin N Am 409–422, 2010
O’Donnell D, Worly B, Forrester A, Vajjhala V, Becker M: Sociocultural differences, medicolegal implications, and risk management issues in the medical care of an elderly Chinese woman. Journal Healthcare Risk Management Vol. 33, No. 1 27- 31
1. WeinbergerT, Forrester A, Markov D: Major Depressive Disorder in Breast Cancer. Psychiatr Clin N Am 409–422, 2010
Posada, J, Forrester, A: Revamping Mentorship in Medicine: Why the current system fails underrepresented physicians and tips to improve it, Published online Sept 28th 2020; MDEdge https://www.mdedge.com/psychiatry/article/229143/business-medicine/revamping-mentorship-medicine
Dr. Forrester's research interests include Women's Mental Health specifically, Perinatal Psychiatry as well as Psycho-Oncology and Cultural Competence in the medical setting. She is strongly committed to all levels of medical education as well as improving health equity, addressing systemic racism and bias in the medical system.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Integration into Clinical Practice and Facilitating Institutional Cultural Shift
Dr. Forrester is trained as a Consultation-Liaison psychiatrist and works within that division. She has served psychiatry liaison provider for the Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation Service. She directs all of the structured educational activities for medical students, residents, and fellows on the C-L service.
2021 Rose Memorial Award, University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program. The Rose Memorial Award is presented as part of Cultural Diversity Day for commitment to teaching and embodiment of dedication to cultural psychiatry and social justice
June 2021 HRSA: The family COVID-19 vaccine outreach project: A national intervention to support special needs youth and their families
HRSA award name: Community‐Based Workforce to Increase COVID‐19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities award
Grant number: 1 U3SHS42185‐01‐00
Grant start date: 6/1/2021
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