Dr. Norman Kim, the co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity, as well as the Diversity chair of the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, to discover how innate biases in the healthcare system compromise both the quality and quantity of care provided to marginalized communities. Dr. Kim explains how a deeper understanding of cultural differences, and an increased sensitivity to diverse cultural norms, leads to better outcomes for everyone suffering with mental health challenges.
Dr. Kim is the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Center for Practice Innovation at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the NY State Office of Mental Health, and the co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity, a social justice-focused consultancy. He completed his B.A. at Yale and his Ph.D. in Psychology at UCLA. Norman has developed an expertise in psychiatrically complex populations, and his primary areas of interest are the application of a transdiagnostic framework for eating disorders, taking an evolutionary approach to shame and anxiety, and minority mental health. He is a regular national and international speaker, educator, and passionate advocate with a particular focus on minority status and barriers to mental health care in marginalized communities. He was the founding co-chair of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Committee of IAEDP, on the inaugural Behavioral Health Taskforce for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, former board member of the Eating Disorders Coalition, and serves on numerous advisory boards. Most recently Norman was the Deputy Director of Ayana Therapy, a tech startup focused on providing culturally intelligent, adapted, and accessible care to marginalized communities, and was the co-founder of Reasons Eating Disorder Center.
Host Kalmenson is the CEO/Founder of Renewal Health Group, a family of addiction treatment centers, and Montare Behavioral Health, a comprehensive brand of mental health treatment facilities in Southern California. Kalmenson is a Yale Chabad Scholar, a skilled facilitator, teacher, counselor, and speaker, who has provided chaplain services to prisons, local groups and remote villages throughout the world. His diverse experience as a rabbi, chaplain, and CEO has inspired his passion and deep understanding of the necessity for effective mental health treatment and long-term sobriety.