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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


        Deborah Deas, MD, MPH


Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, is Professor of Psychiatry at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. She is Associate Dean of Admissions and Senior Associate for Diversity in the College of Medicine, at MUSC.

Dr. Deas received her MD from MUSC. She is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Deas has conducted pharmacotherapy trials for the treatment of adolescents with alcohol dependence, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders. She has expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy and has developed a cognitive-behavioral therapy manual for adolescents with substance abuse disorders. She currently receives National Institutes of Health grant funding and in the past received industry-sponsored grant funding.

Dr. Deas has published extensively in several peer-reviewed journals and won national awards in her areas of expertise. She received the Golden Apple Award for Teaching in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at MUSC and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outstanding Mentor Award, as well as the Jeanne Spurlock Diversity and Culture Award.  Dr. Deas is the recipient of the “2010 Early B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Award” at MUSC.  She has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Discuss health disparities, causation theories and ways to address health disparities.
2.  Provide an historical review of diversity in the College of Medicine.
3.  Review College of Medicine progress in the area of diversity.


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