The Activist Psychiatrist

Amanda Calhoun, MD, MPH, examines social justice and mental health, with a focus on anti-Black racism.

The Activist Psychiatrist
Why I Don't Identify With Women's History Month as a Black Doctor

Such movements often center women with greater race privilege

March 31, 2023
A photo of Amanda Calhoun, MD, MPH
The Activist Psychiatrist
In New Pediatric Obesity Guidelines, Lifestyle Modifications Get Short Shrift

Need to go beyond weight, BMI for broader picture of health, emphasizes Amanda Calhoun, MD, MPH

January 24, 2023
The Activist Psychiatrist
The Trauma of Witnessing CPR

Let's do more to support health professionals and bystanders in the aftermath

January 19, 2023
A photo of a woman performing CPR on a man laying on the ground in an urban park.
The Activist Psychiatrist
Taylor Swift, Lizzo, and Others Are Changing the Messaging on Mental Health

Amanda Calhoun, MD, MPH, explains how providers can use celebs to connect with patients

November 17, 2022
The Activist Psychiatrist
The Kids Were Already in Crisis Before Roe Ended

With new abortion limits and bans, the pediatric mental health emergency will only worsen

June 29, 2022
A portrait of a sad little girl outdoors with her fists pressing against her cheeks
The Activist Psychiatrist
Should Will Smith's Slap Be Condemned More Harshly Than Chris Rock's Words?

Verbal attacks can be just as detrimental as physical violence

April 11, 2022
A photo of Will Smith accepting his Oscar.
The Activist Psychiatrist
The Intersection of Black Youth Mental Health and Racism

These kids are at risk of falling even further through the cracks

November 3, 2021
A Black teen female cries in the stairwell of her school.

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