Regina James

Regina S. Smith, M.D.

Regina S. James, M.D.

Medical Officer, Director, Clinical & Health Services Research
National Institute of Minority Health Disparities

African American
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), B.S. – Psychology/Biology
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Fellowship: National Institute of Mental Health, Child Psychiatry Branch

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Regina Smith James, M.D., is the Director of Clinical and Health Services Research at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health. In this capacity, she provides leadership that will strengthen the direction of NIMHD’s research, which will emphasize research on minority health and health disparities in clinical settings, health services research, patient-clinician communication, and understanding and addressing how individual and population-level determinants affect health status, access and quality of health care across the lifespan. Dr. James received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology/biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her medical degree from UCLA. Dr. James completed a residency in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed a research fellowship in child psychiatry at the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where she conducted clinical trials on safety and efficacy of stimulant medications in children and adolescents. Dr. James was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on Disorders in Childhood & Adolescence, charged with revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Dr. James has received numerous awards, and conducted and published clinical research in the areas of health disparities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and pediatric bipolar disorder.