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Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, has agreed to be McLean Hospital’s first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer (CDEIO).
In May of this year, a task force started work on developing an anti-racist, justice, and health equity action plan for McLean Hospital. This group made several recommendations—including the critical need for a CDEIO for McLean. In fact, in 2019, the hospital had initiated a process for developing a McLean CDEIO role, and this recommendation from the task force helped to accelerate that process.
In her new role, to drive structural and systemic change, Pinder-Amaker will implement and expand the hospital’s anti-racist strategic plan by providing strategic and day-to-day operational leadership regarding our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies, programs, and practices. She will partner to lead or guide DEI groups and communications strategy as well as recruitment and hiring of a diverse workforce as well as trainees and volunteers.
“With her knowledge, dedication, enthusiasm, and drive to help McLean address racial injustice and inequality within its walls and more broadly across the greater Boston and national communities,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, McLean Hospital’s president and psychiatrist and chief, “we are confident that we will achieve many milestones regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in an accelerated yet thoughtful manner.”
Pinder-Amaker has over 25 years of experience in college student mental health treatment, administration, and policy. In addition to being the founder of McLean’s College Mental Health Program, Pinder-Amaker is a highly sought-after speaker on strengthening continuity of care and on how to bolster communication between campus- and community-based systems, eliminate barriers to mental health treatment, and better support marginalized students. She is a member of the WHO World Mental Health International College Student Initiative. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Duke, her doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt, and completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale and Duke Schools of Medicine.
Pinder-Amaker has been a member of the McLean community for 12 years. She currently serves as co-chair of the McLean Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; serves on the Mass General Brigham Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Mass General Brigham Annual DEI Summit Steering Committee; and co-founded McLean’s Multicultural Psychology Consultation Team in 2016. She has published on changing institutional values and diversifying the behavioral health workforce.
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