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about me

ba | psychology | stanford university | 2006 |
mph| health policy & management | rollins school of public health | emory university | 2008 |
md | university of illinois at chicago college of medicine | 2013 |
adult psychiatry residency training | public psychiatry fellow | yale school of medicine | 2017 |
assistant professor | yale department of psychiatry | 2017- 2018 | 
director of standardized patient program | yale teaching & learning center | yale  department of medical education | 2017- 2018 |
health policy fellow | office of senator chris murphy | jeanne spurlock congressional fellowship | the american psychiatric association | present |
assistant professor| department of psychiatry | johns hopkins school of medicine | present |

Despite having a first name that sounds like the largest state on the west coast, Kali was actually born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She eventually moved to California where she attended Stanford University and learned how to play championship rugby, appreciate exquisitely hand made deli sandwiches with sprouts, and explore elevated landscape for the first time. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology, Kali became motivated to learn about the complicated US healthcare system and the doctors' role within this system, so she moved back to the south and received her M.P.H. from Emory University. Post Emory, realizing that she had spent 20 consecutive years in school, Kali deferred her first year of medical school and moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before starting at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. To distract herself from the cold, Kali kept busy advocating on behalf of underrepresented minority communities. After medical school, Dr. Cyrus completed her residency in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.


After residency, she was hired as an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and worked as an outpatient attending with individuals with serious mental illness, substance abuse, and the deaf/hard of hearing clientele. She also served as the Director of the Standardized Patient Program in the Teaching & Learning Center and led the development of the Department of Psychiatry's Residency Program Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum. 


Since August of 2018, she has been working on health policy in Senator Chris Murphy's office, as the American Psychiatric Association's 2018 Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow.