I am a first-generation doctor, the only physician in my family. I chose the psychiatry field because psychiatry was the rotation that I woke up looking forward to going to in med school. I was hesitant because of the stigma about psychiatry in medicine and mental health in my community. But ultimately, I had to make the choice that was right for me and the community that I care about serving. Psychiatry gives me the opportunity to address the total needs of patients: physical, mental, social, and advocacy. And, there is never a dull day in psychiatry! Something new is always going on.   

Hi, I'm Dr. Dani

Double-Board Certified Psychiatrist 

Currently, I am the youngest Black, Psychiatry Residency Program Director in the country. I might be the youngest period. Most people don't reach this position until later in their careers. I'm also a young APA Black Caucus President and Black Psychiatrist of America Scientific Program Committee Chair. I love what I am able to do, changes I am able to instill this early in my life!  My favorite thing that I do professionally is mentoring. I love being an advisor and inspiration to medical students and young doctors. I have even written a book chapter about bias in psychiatry. Getting to consult with YouTube and Google has been a highlight of my early career.

Now, what do I do when I am not at work? I start my weekends off right by hosting the Black Trivia Night, where I invite professionals to play a fun game of trivia, simultaneously up building the black community. I also really love Zumba! I would love to instruct a class one day. 


If I weren't a physician, I would be a trip planner or a DJ. I am always traveling. I have a goal of 40 countries by the time I'm 40. I go to at least 3-4 countries per year, but the COVID-19 crisis has halted my plans. I'm at country 25 now! The last countries I've visited were Trinidad, Kenya, Tanzania, Honduras, Panama, such beautiful countries with rich colors!

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Please Note: No clinical or medical advice will be provided. Dr. Hairston does not give medical advice or establish patient relationships via this website. She will not be able to respond to requests for appointments. She is unfortunately NOT accepting new patients at this time. 

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