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​Dr. Lisette Rodriguez-Cabezas, 2017 Hispanic Heritage Alumnae/i Award Winner

Thursday, November 9, 2017

​Dr. Lisette Rodriguez-Cabezas '06 is the recipient of the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Alumnae/i Award.

The Hispanic Heritage Award honors a Latino alumna/us who distinguishes him/herself through professional work in the context of the Dominican core values of scholarship, reflection, community and service with a sustained dedication to the advancement of the Latino community. The Hispanic Heritage Award is awarded during Una Tarde en la Plaza each October.

Always proud of her family's Puerto Rican roots, Lisette was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago. A recipient of numerous academic and service awards, Lisette distinguished herself at both Queen of Peace High School and Dominican University, where she earned a number of academic and service awards and graduated summa cum laude with a major in biology-chemistry and minors in math and physics.

After leaving Dominican, she continued in her science education, working as a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for two years. She then moved on to pursue her dream of becoming a physician and helping those in underserved communities by enrolling in the UIC College of Medicine. She completed her psychiatric residency at Northwestern University and then completed a fellowship in the university's Women's Mental Health program. Her primary research during this fellowship focused on psychiatric emergencies in pregnant women. She has presented at numerous conferences and published several papers.

Throughout her academic and professional career, Lisette has demonstrated a commitment to service. At Dominican, she was co-president of the Campus Climate Committee and won both the Office of Multicultural Affairs Achievement Award for her dedication to multicultural sensitivity and the St. Catherine of Siena Medal. In medical school, she participated in a medical mission trip to Peru. As a resident, she helped organize a mental health awareness tour to Puerto Rico, where she spoke about careers in medicine and psychiatry.

Lisette has always been committed to educating the public about psychiatry and decreasing stigma, especially in Latino and other minority communities. She has also taught medical students and residents about perinatal psychiatry and plans to continue doing so in her newest role – as a staff psychiatrist at the Hines VA.