Noshene E. Ranjbar, MD, division chief for child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and director of the Integrative Psychiatry Clinic at Banner – University Medical Center South, is one of two recipients nationwide of the 2020 Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) Innovation Award presented by the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM).
Dr. Ranjbar led development of the IMR-psychiatry elective at the UArizona in 2015, which has grown steadily since then. She also directed efforts to create the UArizona Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year in-person program for which she also serves as training director.
“It is so refreshing to see psychiatry evolve to a holistic, person-centered field,” Dr. Ranjbar said. “To play a small part in bringing this holistic view and practice of mental health to psychiatry residency training is a gift not only to me but, much more importantly, to the patients these residents serve now and those they will continue to care for in the decades to come.”
In addition to integrative psychology and mind-body medicine, Dr. Ranjbar’s interests include health disparities, with a focus on Native American and immigrant mental health. She serves as a faculty member in Washington, D.C., at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine where she is involved in building health promotion programs within Native American communities. She is also involved in advocacy for refugees seeking asylum to the United States.
Awardees were nominated from a pool of faculty leaders drawing from more than 80 residencies incorporating AWCIM Integrative Medicine in Residency in their curriculums. Awardees were selected by the AWCIM Advisory Board with awards bestowed during the 2020 IMR Faculty Development Meeting, convened from Tucson virtually via Zoom in April.