Ramnarine Boodoo, MD, has been appointed to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Native American Child Committee. Boodoo, a fellow in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division of the UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received notification of the honor in early October.

“We encourage all of our trainees to be active in and to contribute to their future professional associations,” says department Chairman Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH. “We’re proud of this honor for Dr. Boodoo.”

In his application for the committee, Boodoo wrote movingly about the meaning of historical trauma and its impact on Native American cultures.  Here is the introduction to his personal statement:  “‘Historical Trauma.’ A simple term, short, easy to say. But one of profound and terrible meaning.  I had never heard this term before arriving in New Mexico, for an interview for a fellowship position in Child and Adolescent psychiatry. Thinking about this term now, it strikes me like meeting someone for the first time, but feeling like you had met them before. My own heritage is one familiar with this concept, though until I heard this term, it went unnamed.”

Ramnarine’s AACAP term, as a resident/trainee, lasts from October 2014 to October 2016. “I am honored and humbled to participate on this worthwhile committee,” he says.

Learn more about AACAP here:  http://www.aacap.org/