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Seeba Anam, MD

Seeba Anam, MD

2023 Senior Faculty Scholars

Dr. Seeba Anam is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience known for her contributions to mental health research and advocacy, particularly in addressing stigma and promoting cultural competency in healthcare. She is a key figure in the REACT program, which focuses on recovery after violent injury, and has been instrumental in various initiatives to combat stigma against mental health.

In 2023, Dr. Anam was elected as the Deputy Representative to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Assembly for the Asian American Caucus, a role highlighting her leadership in addressing discrimination. She also co-authored an impactful Action Paper on anti-Asian discrimination in media, which led to the APA Communications department developing a national press kit for journalists.

Dr. Anam’s research efforts extend to the University of Chicago Center for Asian Health Equity, where she published a JAACAP review of the film “Shang-Chi” and a significant chapter on clinical concerns affecting South Asian American youth. She also led a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois-funded study on media, mental health literacy, and stigma in diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, aiming to create culturally tailored mental health education materials.

Currently, Dr. Anam’s pioneering work explores the potential of Narrative Medicine to enhance culturally informed care, improving patient-doctor relationships in diverse communities. Her innovative approach aligns with the mission of the Bucksbaum Institute, promising significant contributions to scientific discovery and clinical practice.