Dr. Jessica Isom
Mental Health Expert | Clinical Instructor, PsychiatryCompany: The Steve Fund | Yale
Role: Podcast Presenter / Session Presenter
Podcast Ep. 80: Strategies and Tools to Support Successful Transitions of Young People of Color Into the Workplace
2022 Conference Session: Transitions into the Workforce: Strategies for Young People of Color (AW1-A)
Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, is a mental health expert with The Steve Fund. Dr. Isom is also a board-certified community psychiatrist and clinical instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. She primarily works in Boston as an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center and with Boston Medical Center’s Psychiatry Emergency Services. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her MPH with a focus on public health leadership.
Jessica currently serves as a member of the American Psychiatric Association Assembly representing Early Career Psychiatrists, where her contributions center on illuminating the need for health equity in organized psychiatry. She has also been elected to the Councilor Position for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society where her focus on social justice and health equity provides an opportunity to improve the care provided to marginalized populations in the state. She continues to work with the Yale Department of Psychiatry residency program as a faculty track consultant leader for the Social Justice and Health Equity curriculum.
Her professional interests include working toward eradicating racial and ethnic mental health disparities, mitigating the impact of implicit racial bias on clinical care, and the use of a community-focused population health approach in psychiatric practice. Her anti-racism teaching highlights the history of medical racism and interpersonal challenges in interracial interactions, and provides a language for naming and responding to racism at multiple levels. Jessica is currently working as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and facilitator for individuals, nonprofit organizations, and private companies.