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New Vacancy open: NIDA crew Program Director and Associate Director for Tribal Affairs. Info:

Caring is a platform recognized by AARP and Forbes for their commitment to supporting aging parents, spouses, and loved ones.
Their mission to assist caregivers, we’ve developed a comprehensive guide that addresses the emotional and physical challenges of caregiving.
Their guide covers managing burnout, stress relief, and exploring respite care options, among other topics. You can view it here:
Explore specific sections in the guide by clicking on the links below:

Help a Doctorate candidate by filling out this survey!

Do you identify as Latine/x/a/o? Are you 18 years of age or older? If you answered YES to both of these questions, we would like to invite you to complete a brief and anonymous online survey:

This survey asks questions regarding potential exposures to different kinds of adverse childhood experiences and/or trauma. You will NOT be asked to discuss specifics/details regarding any experiences. The survey will take approximately 25-30 minutes. Through this survey we hope to better understand the diversity of trauma experiences within the Latine community to develop more encompassing prevention and treatment approaches that acknowledges our heterogeneity.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the research team (Jasmine Aguirre or Dr. Kirsten Gonzalez at any point in time. 

Research Opportunity!

Click HERE for more info!

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Dr. Bernardo Ng, a distinguished former president and board of directors member of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry (ASHP), has been recognized as a 2023 Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

This prestigious acknowledgment is a testament to Dr. Ng’s unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of psychiatry and his significant contributions to our organization. As a respected leader within ASHP, Dr. Ng has played a pivotal role in advancing our mission to promote mental health awareness and excellence in Hispanic psychiatry.

His dedication to the profession, coupled with his compassionate care for patients and leadership within our community, has not only enriched the field of psychiatry but has also exemplified the values that the ASHP stands for. Dr. Ng’s recognition as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor reflects not only his individual accomplishments but also the collective strength and impact of the ASHP.

We invite you to read the full article highlighting Dr. Ng’s achievements by clicking on the following LINK. Join us in celebrating this remarkable accomplishment, as it brings honor not only to Dr. Ng but also to the ASHP and its members.

Congratulations, Dr. Bernardo Ng, on this well-deserved recognition! Your success is a source of pride for the entire ASHP community.


The mental health research team at VA New Jersey Healthcare System is recruiting for a psychologist to become a member of. The position is a full-time, permanent appointment with protected time for research. The psychologist will join an active research program focused on suicide prevention, as well as depression in Parkinson’s Disease. Areas of emphasis include psychotherapeutic interventions and neurocognitive factors of illness. 

The lab also has suicide prevention and Parkinson’s disease projects with colleagues at other VA centers, which provides for additional opportunities and research areas of focus. 

The psychologist will be supported in establishing and growing their line of research. Early career investigators will be provided with mentoring and assignments that support their research career development. Opportunities will also be available for national suicide prevention research efforts.

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the position using the links below (applications close 8/1/23). Also, please feel free to contact me ( for more information about this opportunity.   Feel free to send this information to anyone who may be interested.

Application link if you are currently a VA employee: USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Application link if you are not currently a VA employee: USAJOBS – Job Announcement

“Clinical excellence comes from a passion to do what’s best for each individual patient who trusts his or her life and wellbeing to your care.” 
H.Brem, MD. Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery

ASHP is happy to announce a new Partner: Castle Connolly TOP DOCTORS. For over 25 years, Castle Connolly research process finds those who share this passion and commitment. These are the doctors other doctors choose for themselves. 

If you want to nominate someone:

  • All licensed MDs, DOs and DPMs are invited to nominate their peers. First time visitors can register with their NPI number on the right hand side, and will be issued a nomination code for 2023. This code can then be reused to submit nominations throughout the year. 
  • Nominators are able to indicate whether the doctor they are nominating identifies with any of our DEI categories- selecting this is completely optional, but will help our team follow up with those doctors who are selected as Top Doctors, to see if they would like to be included on our upcoming lists. 


Northwell Health becomes an ASHP Affiliate Member Institution

The ASHP is thrilled to announce that Northwell Health is the first institution to become an affiliate member institution of ASHP. Under this new model of membership, ASHP is seeking to provide more Hispanics in mental health fields focused resources for institutions and organizations.

“ASHP offers a wonderful network of Hispanic mental health specialists across the US, not only psychiatrists but also psychologists, social workers, neuroscientist and other related fields”, said ASHP President and Northwell psychiatrist Dr. Juan A. Gallego. “These opportunities for mentorship, sponsorship, and leadership have been transformative for so many of us within ASHP. We are excited to welcome the Northwell community to join our society.”

Starting 2023, the ASHP will be hosting an annual meeting entitled “Critical Research Issues in Latinx Mental Health/ASHP”. This meeting seeks not only to address the under-representation of Hispanic/Latinx investigators in the research work force but also to solidify a community of Hispanic mental health specialists. Northwell will provide support to ASHP members not only during this meeting but also throughout the year with the goal of providing educational activities to foster the development of Hispanic mental health specialists.

“We are proud to partner with ASHP, as we continue to build a network of physicians to care for the 8 million people in the communities we seek to serve,” said Judith Heller, Vice-President of Physician Recruitment at Northwell Heath. “We strive to ensure that Northwell is a place where each physician is recognized as both a clinician and an individual. We do that by listening to panels of physicians, so that we can understand their needs…flexible schedules, fertility benefits and honest discussions about compensation. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide membership in ASHP to all of our Hispanic psychiatrists and we are looking forward to this ongoing partnership with ASHP.”

To learn about institutional membership in ASHP, please contact


Arlington Free Clinic advances health equity by providing comprehensive, whole-person healthcare to our neighbors who would otherwise lack access. We strive to support physical and emotional well-being and have been providing mental health services in a primary care setting since 2001. Aware that mental healthcare delivered in a primary care setting is highly effective, we are looking to onboard volunteer mental health professionals who can promote mental health, resilience, and overall well-being for our population.

Currently, one of our greatest needs is support with medication management. We are looking to onboard volunteer psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners to help grow this program and meet the needs of our patients.

Qualifications & Time Commitment

  • Licensed to practice in VA. Spanish-speaking is a bonus!
  • 1-2 shifts a month for 2-3 hours. Actual commitment and schedule to be agreed upon with volunteer.
  • Weekday and weeknight opportunities are available.
  • Liability coverage provided by Virginia Division of Risk Management.

How to Get Involved


Many thanks to those who submitted a travel award application. We received several applications and were impressed by the high caliber of applicants. 

We are now in the process of reviewing them. 

Travel award winners will be notified via email by April 17th



Condolences is looking for content creators to help develop PTSD and ADHD resources.

Their goal is not to translate the information they already had in English into Spanish but to collaborate with their member physicians to develop knowledge and resources that are culturally competent and relevant to the Latino community.’s content includes informational text, quizzes, expert Q&A in print and video formats, infographics, printable handouts, animated explainer videos, and more. If you are interested please reach out directly to them.


Deadline: April 1st



The APA psychiatric News wrote an article about ASHP: “The American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry (ASHP) promotes mental health research, professional education, and clinical activities through the participation of Hispanic psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal”.

Read more here:


The Global Mental Health Mentorship Network - gmhCONNECT

The Global Mental Health Mentorship Network, gmhCONNECT, will provide specialized training and mentorship to select trainees and early-career investigators to better prepare them for successful research careers in global mental health (GMH) research including understanding and intervening upon social drivers of mental illnesses across the lifespan in diverse contexts.  The program is based at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and George Washington University (GWU) with a large U.S. and international faculty of GMH researchers, people with lived experience from the Global Mental Health Peer Network (GMHPN), and practitioners and policy makers from a range of global health, international development, and humanitarian organizations.
The program is based at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and George Washington University (GWU). 

Deadline for applications – February 15, 2023 

Please refer all inquiries and questions to Chloe Polutnik at





Casa de Don Pedro – HOLA Ponencias en Salud Mental

Link to join meeting:

Meeting ID: 926 0155 2974

Password: 800633


APAL 2022

Some of our members attended the 2022 APAL meeting (Asociación Psiquiátrica de América Latina).

In the pictures: Dr. Colimon, Dr. Gallego and Dr. Ng



La salud mental incluye nuestro bienestar emocional, psicológico y social. Afecta la forma en que pensamos, sentimos y actuamos. También nos ayuda a determinar cómo manejar el estrés, relacionarnos con otras personas y tomar decisiones. La salud mental es importante en todas las etapas de la vida, desde la niñez y la adolescencia hasta la edad adulta.
Durante su vida, si tiene problemas de salud mental, su pensamiento, ánimo y comportamiento pueden verse afectados. Muchos factores contribuyen a tener problemas de salud mental, entre ellos:

Factores biológicos, como genes o la química del cerebro
Experiencias de vida, como traumas o abusos
Historia familiar de problemas de salud mental
Los problemas de salud mental son frecuentes, pero hay ayuda disponible. Las personas con problemas de salud mental pueden mejorar y muchos se recuperan por completo.

Si quieres saber más, has click aquí:

SEPTEMBER: The American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry (ASHP) Lifetime Achievement Award


The ASHP is accepting nominations for the ASHP Lifetime Achievement Award in Psychiatry and Mental Health to be presented during our annual meeting in San Francisco, California
May 20th, 2023

ASHP is committed to recognizing distinguished Hispanic/Latino professionals for their outstanding contributions to the field of Psychiatry and Mental Health. Each year ASHP honors a group of individuals for their careers, lifetime service, dedication, outstanding community projects, clinical work, and/or education; that has impacted the lives of Hispanic/Latinas with mental illness in US/Latin America/Globally.

In 2023 we are recognizing a group of physicians, clinicians and mental health professionals who have dedicated their careers to serve Women’s Mental Health (e.g., evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function including pregnancy-associated psychiatric disturbance, peripartum psychiatric illness, and peri- and post- menopausal mental health). Eligible professionals include psychiatrists dedicated to women’s mental health, Ob-Gyn, psychologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, nurses, and other professionals in the field of women’s mental health. We seek to honor ASHP professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty serving Hispanic/Latinx populations.


  • Certificate
  • 3-year membership
  • Award Presentation: Presented during ASHP’s Annual Meeting
  • Video and Pictures of the Recognition on the ASHP website

Submission deadline: January 31st, 2023

Notification of acceptance to receive the Award in San Francisco: March 30th, 2023

ASHP 2023 Service Award_8-23-22

A list of eligibility requirements is included in this application. Please email the attached form and supporting materials to:
Dr. Juan Gallego:
Dr. Ruby Castilla:

Dr. Bernardo Ng:
Dr. Pamela Montano:



From: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

NIMHD champions workforce diversity. We are recognizing pioneer researchers in minority health and health disparities field, whose career trajectories have been shaped by the NIMHD-sponsored Loan Repayment Program (LRP) and subsequent research program grants. Meet Daniel E. Jimenez, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Jimenez

Dr. Jimenez is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has extensive experience in aging research, and he has dedicated his career to improving access to and engagement with mental health services among underserved populations. Dr. Jimenez’s research interests include geriatric mental health services research, health promotion, multicultural mental health, and mental illness prevention. He has combined these areas of research to design and implement culturally appropriate and novel approaches to preventing mental illness in racial/ethnic minority older adults.

Dr. Jimenez is the son of parents who emigrated from Cuba hoping to make a new and better life for themselves and their children. He identifies himself as Cuban. From that vantage point, Dr. Jimenez grew up not only witnessing the hardship of being an immigrant, but also watched as they persevered in the face of great adversity. He learned from an early age that despite older generations carrying great wisdom and knowledge, a foreign culture that marginalizes minorities can severely challenge even the most capable immigrants. These early experiences ignited Dr. Jimenez’s passion and continued to drive his commitment toward helping older racial/ethnic minority adults.

On his work addressing health disparities in minority and vulnerable populations through personal and professional experiences, Dr. Jimenez said, “I have learned that mental health disparities among older Latinos are unlikely to be ameliorated without equal attention to how they engage with and respond to mental health problems and treatment. Stigma and the skepticism towards traditional mental health treatment are high, while a sense of community is believed to be an essential component of health and well-being. A strong social network is a protective factor against mental health problems, providing help in times of need. For Latinos, migration has had a devastating effect on their social fabric. The disruption of family structure by the scattering of family members is believed to be traumatic, and it can lead to poor mental health. Therefore, effective approaches to reducing the burden of mental illness affecting older Latinos – and ultimately eliminating mental health disparities – are likely to involve non-traditional methods that are culturally acceptable and scalable.”

To see the full interview: Dr. Daniel Jimenez – NIMHD’s Pioneers in Minority Health and Health Disparities Q & A Campaign


Last May in New Orleans we attended our annual ASHP meeting “Social Determinants of Mental Health in Hispanic Communities”

The day started with the opening remarks of our president Dr. Ruby Castilla- Puentes & Dr. Juan Gallego and President elect Dr. Rebecca W. Brendel.

Thank you Dra. Andrea Otero Ospina and Dr. Arturo Grau Martinez for the excellent sessions. We were very fortunate to have you speaking at the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry Annual meeting in New Orleans.

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts

Attendees experienced an overwhelming appreciation for the conference content, speaker professionalism and expertise, and impact on health professional practice!



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ASHP End of year Celebration 2020

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Ruby Castilla and Gerardo Villarreal, ASHP Members presenting at the Latin American Symposium at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Meeting, May 2017.



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