Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker eleifend

McLean Hospital's first Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Stephanie is McLean Hospital's first Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, the Founding Director of McLean's College Mental Health Program, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Harvard Medical School.

"In the United States, racial health disparities have been as foundational as democracy itself." (Episode 4 of the NYT's 1619 Project). 400 years is a very long time and the AAW Institute aims to create strategic and impassioned partnerships to disrupt this entrenched and longstanding injustice.

Dr. Pinder-Amaker is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the founding director of McLean Hospital’s College Mental Health Program (CMHP), a unique initiative serving students from over 200 institutions of higher education (IHEs), providing student-focused treatment; consultation services to schools; and related research. Since its inception in 2008, the CMHP has been collaborating with IHEs, secondary schools and non-profit organizations on how to infuse systems with evidence-based, culturally-responsive interventions that promote mental health, student well-being and academic achievement.Dr. Pinder-Amaker has consulted to institutions of higher education on developing multiculturally-responsive strategies for addressing the mental health needs of BIPOC and underrepresented students. Her commitment to the practice of Cultural Humility (Tervalon & Murray-Garica, 1998) is synonymous with mental health care. She co-authored the forthcoming Beacon Press book, Did That Just Happen?! Beyond Diversity-Creating Sustainably Inclusive Organizations.


Dr. Pinder-Amaker is a member of the WHO World Mental Health International College Student Initiative and serves on the boards of and/or as a senior advisor to several national organizations committed to racial justice and health equity including the Steve Fund, Active Minds, Boston Celtics United for Social Justice, and The Steppingstone Foundation.