During undergraduate, Dr. Conrad studied health and societies, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human health and disease, which integrates sociological, anthropological, and epidemiological perspectives. Between undergraduate and medical school, Dr. Conrad worked as a healthcare strategy consultant at Bain & Company to see a different angle on the barriers to medical care and to learn about the US healthcare industry and drivers of innovative models of care.
Dr. Conrad attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where she founded the Finding Meaning in Medicine program and completed the Medical Ethics program at the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. While training in Adult Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, she developed a peer-support program for psychiatry residents and studied residents’ distressing experiences with patient death. She was the outpatient chief fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital during her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and completed a fellowship in Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics.
After graduating from medical training, Dr. Conrad started a leadership position at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she launched Young Adult Mental Health. This program supports patients while they transition from pediatric to adult treatment settings and pilots innovative models of care that increase access, improve quality of care, and decrease treatment delays for young adults.
Dr. Conrad is dedicated to teaching, training, mentoring, and supporting both the personal and intellectual growth of students and trainees. She believes that teaching students to sit with ambivalence, navigate complex conversations, and respectfully engage with controversial opinions is foundational to ethical deliberation. She teaches both medical ethics and neuropsychiatric ethics courses across the student educational lifespan, ranging from first-year undergraduate students to PGY-5 psychiatry residents. She is a teaching fellow for Dr. Steve Hyman in the undergraduate neuro-ethics course at Harvard College. She is a founder and co-director of the BWH/ HMS neuro-ethics summer program for undergraduate and medical students. She serves as co-director of the Medical Ethics and Professionalism II course at Harvard Medical School alongside Dr. David Urion and Dr. Ed Hundert. She is a faculty member in the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and teaches medical ethics and neuroethics to residents from PGY-1 to PGY-5.