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Research interests

Dr. Ailyn Diaz is interested in the forefront of numerous racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in underserved communities. As a researcher, Dr. Diaz understands the pressing need to evaluate the underlying factors leading to these disparities, and develop interventions that can bridge the gap. Dr. Diaz is interested in the neurotropism SARS-CoV-2 and its effects on children and adolescents, including the possibility of post COVID-19 conditions or "long COVID-19." She is interested in studies of how children and adolescents are affected cognitively and psychiatrically. Additionally, Dr. Diaz is interested in examining the role of diversity and social-determinants of health in COVID-19 outcomes. She strongly believes that as a researcher we must take a multidisciplinary approach to address complex issues. By combining our insights in psychiatry, neuroscience, and public health, we can develop a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of COVID-19 in diverse communities and future generations.

Teaching and educational interests

As a clinical educator, Dr. Ailyn Diaz is interested in finding innovative and effective ways to support primary care providers and schools in addressing suicide prevention through ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a model that has been successful in providing promise to help the urgent need of suicide prevention in children and adolescents. Dr. Diaz has also presented in novel methods of teaching suicide screening and assessment to medical students, utilizing the flipped classroom model during the COVID-19 pandemic. In working with students, she emphasizes the importance of intersections of identity and cultural competence. She believes that it is essential to train future physicians and psychiatrists on equitable and effective health care.

Clinical interests

Dr. Ailyn Diaz is the Director of the Hispanic Clinic at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. She is committed to treating the needs of Hispanic children and families through multiple modalities: mindfulness-based approaches, cognitive behavioral therapies and psychopharmacology. Dr. Diaz is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who provides high-quality, evidence-based care to underserved populations. Research has shown that Hispanic children are at an increased risk for mental health problems, and that they are unlikely to receive the care they need. By providing culturally sensitive care, Dr. Diaz plans to improve the mental health outcomes of Hispanic children and families.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

External positions

Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDEA) Committee Member, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDEA) Committee Member

2022 → …

President, Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society


Delegate from Central Pennsylvania Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry chapter, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2016 → …


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