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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Gina Newsome Duncan, MD


       Gina Newsome Duncan, MD


Dr. Gina Newsome Duncan is Interim Associate Dean for Admissions at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Georgia Regents University (GRU) and an Assistant Professor in the GRU-MCG Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. A native of North Carolina, she is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA and received her M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Duncan completed her internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency training program in Boston, MA. In her fourth year of residency she served as Chief Resident of Psychotherapy in the MGH outpatient clinic and was a recipient of the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship where she worked with the APA Council on Communications. In addition to clinical work, she currently serves as the psychiatrist on the GRU-MCG Project G.R.E.A.T. (Georgia Recovery-Based Educational Approach to Treatment) team. Dr. Duncan’s areas of special interest are disparities in health and achievement that disproportionately affect minority communities, strength-based approaches to building resilience, and contributing to the development of a culturally competent and exceptionally qualified physician workforce. While in residency at Harvard, with funding from APA/SAMHSA, she started a community-based participatory research project called Abundant Life Through Applied Resilience (A.L.T.A.R.)TM, which is a church-based mental health promotion program, and she is continuing that work at Georgia Regents University.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:
       1.  Discuss cultural complexities applicable to treatment of African American patients whose cultural identity is strongly rooted in the Black church.
2.  Employ culturally-competent strategies when treating African American patients by incorporating spiritual beliefs, religious practice, and
     community support into treatment plans.

3.  Have greater awareness of their own cultural complexity and describe how this impacts interactions with others in the clinical setting.

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