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Course Co-Directors


Jordan Howard-Young, MD, MA-ID, DAAETS (he/they)

Jordan Howard-Young, MD, MA-ID, DAAETS is the Director of Psychiatric Services at the Family Health Center of Worcester and Program Director of the FHCW/UMass Chan Fellowship in Primary Care Psychiatry. They serve as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry within the UMass Chan Medical School. They are also Co-Director of the Certificate in Advanced Mental Health Care in Primary Care for the UMass Center for Integrated Primary Care (CIPC). 

They are a graduate of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where they participated in the population health and urban underserved tracks, served as president of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, and worked as a patient advocate for unhoused people. They completed their residency in family medicine through the Worcester Family Medicine Residency, serving as chief resident in their final year. While there, they also spent two years as co-chair of the Diversity in Recruitment Task Force, were a founding member and leadership councilor of the Structural Oppression and Anti-Racism Committee, and completed longitudinal experiences in refugee health, gender affirmation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychopharmacology. They also hold a master’s degree in international development and health with graduate certificates in global health affairs and humanitarian assistance from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in Denver, CO, spending six months in the Middle East studying health access, agency, and political perspectives among Palestinian refugees, government officials, and international organizations in the kingdom of Jordan.

Jordan is passionate about community psychiatry, public health and advocacy, anti-racism and anti-oppression work, substance use care, refugee and asylee care, gender affirmation, and the care of structurally-marginalized communities. Prior to entering medicine, they worked as a community organizer, union organizer, and policy analyst on national healthcare reform legislation. They are co-chair of the FHCW Trauma-Informed Care Working Group and a member of the FHCW Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. 

Amber Cahill, PsyD (she/her) 

Amber Cahill, PsyD is an Assistant Professor in the UMass Chan Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, as well as the Associate Director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care. She is currently a Bloomberg Fellow in the Addiction & Overdose track at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Cahill is passionate about primary care and its foundational role in caring for the health of communities; she’s provided clinical care in primary care settings since 2013. Dr. Cahill is the Director of Behavioral Science for the Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency, where she develops and implements a behavioral science curriculum that educates resident physicians in addressing mental health, substance use, and health behavior change in primary care. She has extensive experience co-leading Project ECHO hubs for primary care clinicians who are new to treating opioid use disorders and prescribing buprenorphine. Dr. Cahill has been a content advisor and creator on several grants and projects focused on medical education and substance use disorder (SUD) care. Her clinical and academic interests include integrated primary care, training primary care clinicians and teams in comprehensive mental health care, expanding treatment of SUD in primary care, enhancing SUD training in medical education, harm reduction-informed care, providing inclusive, comprehensive care for transgender and gender diverse patients in primary care, and the intersection of hormones and mental health including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, PMDD, and perimenopause/menopause related mental health.  Dr. Cahill completed internship training at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in the primary care/health psychology track and went on to complete a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the UMass Chan Medical School in primary care, health psychology, and medical education. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University in 2014 with a concentration in primary care and behavioral medicine.