MLK Day lecture on “Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Our Collective Responsibility” is Jan. 21

Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Light Hall, Room 208.

MLK lecture 2019Her lecture is in conjunction with the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series at Vanderbilt and sponsored by the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The lecture is free and open to the public; lunches will be provided for the first 100 attendees.

Deas, who is also the chief executive officer for Clinical Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, will speak on “Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Our Collective Responsibility.”

Prior to joining the University of California, Deas was the interim dean of the College of Medicine and professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. During her tenure, she served as senior associate dean for medical education, chief academic officer, associate dean for admissions, and led the College of Medicine’s committee on accreditation by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education.

Deas earned her BS in biology from the College of Charleston in 1978 and her MPH from the University of South Carolina in 1979. She earned her MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1989 where she also completed both her residency in psychiatry in 1992 and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1994.

She is board certified in adult psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Her research interests include pharmacotherapy and psychosocial treatments of adolescents and adults with substance use disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and anxiety disorders. She has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and won multiple awards and honors for her work.