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Amira Collison, MD

Amira Collison (she/her) is a 2nd-year Psychiatry resident at the UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience. She spent her formative years in Maryland and Chicago and knew from an early age that addressing health and educational inequities amongst minoritized groups was her calling. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she spent a lot of her time developing and leading mentorship and pipeline programs for high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and conducting epidemiologic research on cardiovascular health disparities. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow in Spain and a current American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA Minority Fellow. At UCLA, she has developed an academic-community partnership between UCLA Psychiatry Residency and Los Angeles Unified Public School District to increase mental health literacy amongst minoritized youth. As JEDI co-chief, she is looking forward to helping to recruit and retain students and faculty historically under-represented in medicine, fostering a welcoming and supportive community amongst a diverse group of students, house-staff and faculty members, and advocating for improved access to equitable health services at our institution and beyond.