James H. Carter, Sr. Memorial Lecture: Firearm Violence as a Public Health Crisis
The Carter Memorial Lecture honors Dr. James H. Carter Sr., the first African-American full professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Carter arrived at Duke in 1970 and served as a tenured professor for more than 20 years. Throughout his career he maintained a commitment to community psychiatry, particularly in the areas of substance abuse and mental health care for prisoners. Dr. Carter played a critical role in building mental health services at Lincoln Community Medical Center in Durham, the Alcohol Treatment Center in Raleigh, the Johnston County Mental Health Center, and the Department of Corrections. Dr. Carter received the American Psychiatric Association's 2003 Solomon Carter Fuller Award, named after the first African-American psychiatrist in the United States, for his advancements in the field. He also received the North Carolina Governor's Award for his instrumental leadership in providing mental health care to prisoners, including the construction of two mental health facilities in North Carolina that became a model for correctional health care. Since Dr. Carter's death in March 2007, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences holds an annual lecture in his honor, highlighting work in community psychiatry, particularly among underrepresented minorities. This year's Carter Lecturer is Dr. Rahn Bailey, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.