Ranna I. ParekhMD, MPH
Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH is Deputy Medical Directors and Director of the Division of Diversity and Health Equity. She is also Director of the American Psychiatric Association/ American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s (APA/APAF) 8 fellowship programs and 5 medical student grants including the Minority Fellowship Program. Prioritizing workforce diversity, cultural competency principles and eliminating mental healthcare disparities is one of APA’s four major strategic initiatives. She is a child, adolescent, adult psychiatrist. Prior to APA, she practiced at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital/ Harvard Medical School and was the inaugural Director of the MGH Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Diversity.
She is co-author of the e-book Overcoming Prejudice in the Workplace (Harvard Health Publishers, 2012). She is also editor of the Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity (Springer Publishers, 2013) and co-editor of Cultural Sensitivity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MGH Academy Press, 2016) and Stigma and Prejudice: Touchstones in Understanding Diversity ( Springer Publishers, 2016) Dr. Parekh has led trainings and lectured locally, nationally and internationally on topics including diversity, cultural psychiatry, mediation, collaborative negotiations, child and adolescent psychiatry, addictions and psychopharmacology.
Dr. Parekh has lived, studied, and worked in Japan, France, Poland, New Zealand and Australia. Dr. Parekh is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH), the adult psychiatry and child fellowship residency trainings programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and also holds degrees from Wayne State University (MD, BSc in Biology, BA in Chemistry and co-major in Black Studies). Currently, Dr. Parekh is an adjunct clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Morehouse School of Medicine.