Sarah Vinson, M.D.

Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D.  


Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program


Emory School of Medicine
Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Emory School of Medicine
Fellowship: Forensic Psychiatry

Cambridge Health Aliance - Harvard Medical School
Residency: General Psychiatry

University of Florida College of Medicine
Degree: Doctor of Medicine

Florida A&M University
Degree: Bachelor of Science Chemistry

Research Interests

Social Justice and Mental Health, Decriminalization of Trauma and Mental Illness, Black Mental Health

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Sub-specialties: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry


  • Shim, R., Vinson, S., Social (In)Justice and Mental Health, Editors. Washington D.C. American Psychiatric Publishing, 2021
  • Goldman, M., Vinson, S., Invited Guest Editorial, Centering Equity in Mental Health Crisis Services, World Psychiatry, Volume 21, Number 2, June 2022
  • Vinson, S., Invited Guest Editorial, Structural Trauma and Psychiatric Practice: A Call to Action, Psychiatric Annals, November 2021
  • Vinson, S., Kamara, A., Disabled Individuals and Structural Trauma: Implications for Mental Health Providers, Psychiatric Annals, November 2021
  • Shadravan S.M., Edwards M.L., Vinson, S., Dying at the Intersections: Police-Involved Killings of Black People With Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, June 2021
  • Vinson, S., Dennis, A., Systemic, Racial Justice-Informed Solutions to Shift “Care” from the Criminal Legal to the Mental Health Care System. Psychiatric Services, May 2021
  • Robles-Ramamurthy, B., Coombs, A., Wilson, W., Vinson, S., Black Children and the Pressing Need for Anti-Racism in Child Psychiatry. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, April 2021
Academic Grand Rounds and National Peer-Reviewed Presentations:
  • Social (In)Justice and Mental Health
  • Social Determinants of Children’s Mental Health
  • Ghosts in the Office : Structural Racism and Black Mental Health Inequities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Impairment and (Under)Treatment and Stigma

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Creative Scholarship Award from The Society for the Study of Psychiatry Culture for the text Social (In)Justice and Mental Health
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society
  • 2020 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
  • 2020 APA Minority Fellowship Jeanne Spurlock Outstanding Alumna Award
  • 2018 University of Florida College of Medicine Outstanding Young Alumna Award