Our Mission

PMLG-Medical Student

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is dedicated to providing excellence in education, patient care, scholarship, and service in mental health. We strive to foster a collaborative environment committed to improving the health and well being of the people of eastern North Carolina and beyond. We support and advance evidence-based practice, sound scientific principles, and compassion in addressing the needs of our learners, our patients, our colleagues, and our community.

Diversity Statement

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine aligns its mission with that of The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. We aim to increase the supply of psychiatric physicians serving the state, improve the mental health status of the region, and train physicians who will meet the health care needs of the state. We are committed to social justice and therefore, we embrace a climate of diversity and inclusion. We welcome differences in age, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, indigenous background, culture, national origin, language, religion, spiritual orientation, ability status, social class, education, veteran status, political persuasion, professional interests, and other cultural and professional dimensions. We are committed to recruiting and developing a diverse group of students and innovative leaders in psychiatry to meet the future needs of our patients.

Selected Recent Departmental Research/Conference Presentations in D/I

Smith, J.S., Infante Linares, J.L., Corral, I., Campbell, K.M., and Bright, C.M. (2020). The faculty diversity snapshot report: Development of a quality improvement tool for medical school faculty diversity. Presented as a poster at the 4thAnnual Unified Quality Improvement Symposium, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC, Feb 5, 2020.

Kyle, B.N, Corral, I., Gupta, V., and Johnson, T.L., (2019). Rural intersections: the forgotten dimension of rurality in cultural competence education for psychiatrists. Presented as a symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Psychiatry, Boston, MA, Sept 4-7, 2019.

Gupta, V., Johnson, T.L., Kyle, B.N, and Corral, I. (2019). Frontiers in rural mental health: the intersection of place and regional culture in the cultural competence landscape. Presented as a general session (symposium) at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, San Francisco, CA, May 18-22, 2019.

Campbell, K.M., and Corral, I. (2019). Cross-cultural mentoring. Presented as a concurrent session at the BSOM 5th Annual Medical Education Day Symposium, Greenville, NC. April 10, 2019.

Villa Hernandez, F., Rangel, A., Morales, B.D., and Corral, I. (2018). Advocating for increasing Latino cultural competence over a 2-year period: Development of Spanish-language Objective Standardized Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) at the ECU Brody School of Medicine (BSOM). Poster presented at the 13th Annual Latino Medical Student Association National Conference Research Symposium. Miami, FL, April 13-15, 2018.

Corral, I., Johnson, T., Shelton, P.G, and Glass, O. (2017). Psychiatry resident training in cultural competence: An educator’s toolkit. Psychiatric Quarterly, 88 (2), 295-306.

Selected Recent Departmental Professional Service Activities in D/I

  • Chair of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Committee – Dr. Brandon Kyle
  • Departmental Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion – Dr. Karlene Cunningham
  • Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion – Dr. Irma Corral