APA Looking Beyond Series: Clinician Bias and Disparities in the Mental Health Treatment Continuum
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Expires on Mar 03, 2026
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
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Podcast Episode - Clinician Bias
Bias in clinical practice is a persistent cause of healthcare disparities, compounding the vulnerabilities of historically excluded populations such as those comprising minority ethnic populations, immigrants, the poor, low health-literacy individuals, sexual minorities, children, women, the elderly, the mentally ill, the overweight and the disabled. Implicit or unconscious provider biases impact the mental health treatment continuum at various stages including patient–provider interactions, treatment decisions, patient treatment adherence, and patient health outcomes. This webinar session will provide an analysis of the individual and institutional biases that manifest in mental health care and address these with cognitive and other strategies to mitigate their impact on patient populations.

Learning Objectives

  • • Gain insight into provider and institutional bias and discrimination as a driver of disparities in diagnosis and treatment.

    • Examine relationships between implicit attitudes about racial/ethnic groups and health care outcomes.

    • Explore approaches to reducing bias in clinical practice including egalitarian communication networks and other strategies to impart culturally competent clinician-patient interaction..

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, residents/fellows, other mental health clinicians

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Event Date: March 6th, 2023
Credit Claim Date: March 6th, 2026

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and APA's DDHE Office. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

  • Regina James, MD, Deputy Medical Director & Chief of Division of Diversity and Health Equity, APA. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Bernardo Ngo, MD, Principal Investigator and Rater, Sun Valley Research Center. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Michelle Durham, MD, Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry Boston Medical Center. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Carmen Black, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Social Justice and Health Equity (SJHE) Education, Adult Psychiatry. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

  • Regina James, MD, Deputy Medical Director & Chief of Division of Diversity and Health Equity, APA. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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