Michelle P. Durham, MD – MMHPI – Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Michelle P. Durham, MD

Senior Fellow for Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health 

Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, DFAPA, DFAACAP is a triple boarded physician with national certification in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. For the past 15 years, Michelle has dedicated her career to public sector work with marginalized communities. She is dedicated to advancing health equity for communities of color and ensuring mental health treatment is equitable and accessible to all. 

Most recently, Michelle served as the Vice Chair of Training & Education at Boston Medical Center (BMC) Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics at Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine where she continues to hold her adjunct faculty appointment. She is also a voluntary Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. She has expertise in pediatric integrated care, trauma in communities of color and training and education for both the pediatric workforce and mental health professionals and has presented nationally and internationally on these topics.  

She received her medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana, completed her general psychiatry residency training at Boston Medical Center and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut where she was also elected Chief Resident. She received her master’s in public health concentrating in health policy and management from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to completing her medical education, she worked as the Assistant Director for the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. 

As a clinician, educator, and scholar, she has received numerous awards, including the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship through the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Presidential Award, APA Excellence in Service and Advocacy, and Boston Magazine’s Top Docs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. For her contributions and dedication to the field of psychiatry, Dr. Durham has been appointed a Distinguished Fellow of both the APA and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has testified for the U.S. Senate HELP and Finance Committees to advocate for increase funding, workforce issues, access and parity in mental health and substance use treatment

Michelle Durham