A message from the GME Diversity and Wellness Chief:

“My mission is to educate and mentor the next generation of physicians to understand and respect the unique traits of their peers, patients and their patients’ families by creating and fostering systems where trainees can be their authentic selves and thrive.”


Emma A. Omoruyi, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Community and General Pediatrics
Pediatric Program Director

Faculty Spotlight

portrait picture of Dr. Elaheh Ashtari

Elaheh Ashtari, PsyD

Director, Psychology Services, UTHealth-Harris County Psychiatric Center
Vice Chair for Diversity & Inclusion
Assistant Professor | Licensed Psychologist
Pronouns: She/Her

“I was born in Shiraz, Iran and we left Iran on political asylum a few years after the Islamic Revolution, and lived in Germany for two years before coming to the USA.  I grew up in Sugar Land and enjoyed my schooling in Fort Bend ISD where I was fortunate to grow up in a very diverse community. I graduated cum laude from University of Houston with a BS in Psychology with honors. I completed my MA in Counseling and PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL. I chose that school because of their mission to educate and train socially responsible psychologists whereby social determinants of health and social justice advocacy was integrated in my coursework and training. I pursued forensic clinical psychology and completed my predoctoral internship at Harris County Juvenile Probation, and my postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at North Texas State Hospital. I joined UTHealth Houston in April 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.” Read more.


Upcoming Events

  • Diversity and Equity Virtual Speaker Series: Spiritual determinates of health: Is it time to prescribe prayer? @ January 9th @ 12pm
  • Diversity and Equity Virtual Speaker Series: Imposter Syndrome –  February 23rd @ 12pm
  • Diversity and Equity Virtual Speaker Series: Women’s Panel – March 23rd @ 12pm
  • Diversity and Equity Virtual Speaker Series: Model Minority Myth and the Affect on Asian American Health – April 20th @ 12pm