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Yale Medical Students Psychiatric Association

Yale Medical Student Psychiatry Association (YMSPA) is a student interest group that seeks to foster interest in the field of psychiatry through events bringing faculty and students from Yale School of Medicine together. Events are typically presentations followed by discussion of a wide range of topics pertinent to the field of psychiatry.

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  • Sasha Deutsch-Link, YSM IV
  • Taber Lightbourne, YSM V


  • Shivani Bhatt, YSM III


  • Jacob Weatherly, YSM IV
  • Taha Qarni, YSM II

Representatives/ Medical Student Education Committee

  • Danilo Rojas, YSM IV
  • Jacob Weatherly, YSM IV

Cinema and Psychiatry/Media Liaison

  • Juan Rodriguez, YSM V

Community Action Liaison

  • Elizabeth Chen, YSM V
  • Juan Rodriguez, YSM V

Global Mental Health Liaison

  • Stephanie Cohen, YSM IV

Child Psychiatry Liaison

  • Alanna Kaplan, YSM III
  • Angela Lee, YSM IV

Class Representatives

  • Alexandra Thomas, YSM V
  • Danilo Rojas, YSM IV
  • Alanna Kaplan, YSM III
  • Julia Raney, YSM III
  • Swethasri Dravida, YSM III
  • Katherine Epstein, YMS II
  • Taha Qarni, YSM II
  • TBD, YSM I

Catherine Chiles, MD, Faculty Advisor


Aug 26: “Activities Fair”

  • 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Harkness Ballroom

Sept 9: “Welcome Reception”

  • 5:30 pm, Harkness Rose Garden (rain or sunshine)

Sept 23: “Translational Psychiatry”

  • 5:30pm, Steiner Room, 333 Cedar St

       Neuroscience of Mood: the Glutamate Story
       Discussant: Dr. Gerard Sanacora;
       Moderators: Sasha Deutsch-Link & Alex Thomas 

Sept 30: “Residency Application”

  • 5:30 pm, 300 George St, Third Floor, Room 354

       Interviewing Tips from Yale Residents

Oct 4: “Community Advocacy”

  • 12:30-2:30pm, Farmington Canal Trail, Hamden 

       Out of the Darkness Walk (2 mi)
       Fundraiser American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

Oct 14: “Stigma In Psychiatry”

  • 5:30 pm, Steiner Room, 333 Cedar St

       Against the Tide: How We Came to Psychiatry
       Discussants: Drs. Kathy Lazzarini & John Cordes;
       Moderators: Jacob Weatherly & Elizabeth Chen 

Nov 4: “Community Psychiatry”

  • 5:30 pm Steiner Room, 333 Cedar St  

       Homelessness: VA Crisis Initiatives
       Discussants: Drs. Theddeus Iheanacho and David Rosenthal;
       Moderator: Juan Rodriguez & Danilo Rojas

Feb 3: “Psychoanalysis”

       ***Joint Event with Cohen Fellowship*** 
  • 5:30 pm, Steiner Room

       Childhood Precursors to Borderline Personality
       Discussants: Drs. Kay Long, Sidney Phillips, & Oscar Hills;
       Moderator: Taber Lightbourne & Shivani Bhatt;

Mar 23: “Careers In Psychiatry”

  • 5:30 pm, Steiner Room, 333 Cedar St

        2016 Graduates: Post-Match Day Tips

May 4: “End-of-Year Celebration”

  • 5:30 pm: Harkness Rose Garden, 333 Cedar St (rain or sunshine) 

YMSPA sponsors

      Free Memberships (

       American Psychiatric Association

       Yale Resident Cinema & Psychiatry events

       …and more! 

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