Education: Yale University | PhD, Psychology
“One of the things you can’t get in a lab is the ability to see real change in people’s lives.”
Amber Dunbar wants doctors to think about the mind, not just the body. “Mental health is one of the more forgotten aspects of physical health,” explains Amber, who has made it her personal mission to see emotional and psychological science incorporated into standard medical care.
Amber holds a doctorate from Yale University, where she focused on behavioral and pharmacological treatments for addiction. “I enjoy research, but one of the things you can’t get on the lab bench is the ability to see real change in people’s lives,” says Amber.
She’s determined to help those in need receive the care they deserve. As Director of Social Services at HAVEN Free Clinic in Connecticut, she helped undocumented immigrants access care. She is also the co-founder of the (I’m)Possible Project, where she educates youth about the importance of seeking psychological support without fear or shame. Numerous other volunteer and nonprofit ventures crowd Amber’s résumé, but she is ready to add a new entry: medical student.
“I am incredibly impressed with Dell Medical School’s commitment to rethinking medical education,” says Amber. “I love that my peers are not only excellent academics, but also community leaders.”
FOUNDED: The Elm City Phoenix Club — a safe space for those recovering from addiction
FOLLOWED: Amber and her wife live with a 7-pound disabled Yorkie, @rennythedogonwheels, who has more than 7,000 Instagram followers.