Dr. Laine Young-Walker

Session #1: It's Time: Elevating the Voices of Black Women

Laine Young-Walker, MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Student Programs at the School of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and is a Professor of Psychiatry, at University of Missouri Health Care. She has served as Medical Director of Children’s Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health and as a consulting psychiatrist for the Missouri Department of Social Services. She is the PI for national grants including the Garret Lee Smith Youth Suicide Grant and the Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Program.

Dr. Young-Walker graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a medical degree in 1997 and completed her psychiatric residency and fellowship in 2002. In addition to teaching, research, and numerous presentations on mental/behavioral health topics, Dr. Young-Walker has been published in the Academic Psychiatry, Psychiatric Annals, and School Mental Health. She has served as the president of the Missouri Psychiatric Association, is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association who has served on local, regional and national committees.

She has worked locally to create programs which help children in the community. These programs focus on access to child psychiatry, prevention/early intervention in young children, and support for child well-being. They include Bridge: School-Based Psychiatry, the Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project (MO-CPAP), Early Childhood-Positive Behavior Supports program (EC-PBS), the System Offering Actions for Resilience (SOAR) in Early childhood, the Boone County: Early Child Coalition (BC-ECC) and the Center for Excellence in Child Well-Being.
∙ Bridge provides early access in the schools for children in need of psychiatric assessment and treatment.
∙ MO-CPAP provides child psychiatry telephonic consultation, education modules and linkage and referral to PCP’s who are treating youth with mild to moderate mental illness.
∙ EC-PBS/SOAR/BC-ECC all focus on early childhood efforts including screening for social and emotional issues, working with childcare providers to increase their knowledge and skills in social and emotional development, providing an evidence based therapy for young children exposed to trauma and providing Triple P Interventions to young children and their families.
∙ Center for Excellence in Child Well-Being supports the Department of Social Services in addressing individual health issues as well as promoting an integrative approach.

Dr. Young-Walker is the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council for the Health System. This group is comprised of representatives from the School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and MU Health. They have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through multiple initiatives since 2014. As the Associate Dean for Student Programs she has led the in initiative to increase diversity and inclusion at the School of Medicine. Since she began in this role the med school has had an increase in applications from underrepresented minorities (URM’s), has increased the number of URM’s in the class from 9% to 18%, and has implemented new initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusivity within the School of Medicine. These initiatives have included pipeline programs, recruitment/admissions activities and activities within the medical school that help to change the climate and culture.

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