Brenda J.B. Roman, M.D.

Medical Education - BSOM
Professor, Psychiatry
White Hall 290, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001


M.D.: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
Residency: University of Cincinnati Hospitals, Department of Psychiatry


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomate in Psychiatry


Prior to assuming the role of Associate Dean for Medical Education in 2018, Brenda served as assistant dean for medical education and educational research for four years. She also is a professor in psychiatry at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Previously, she was the director of medical student education in psychiatry for 18 years. She also served as director of medical student mental health services and as the director of community psychiatry.

Dr. Roman is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her clinical work has focused on the college and homeless populations, in addition to those with serious mental illnesses. She has extensive experience with medical school curriculum, being on the forefront of introducing Team-Based LearningTM into the psychiatry curriculum, and working to introduce Peer Instruction and a unique brand of problem-based learning (WrightQ) to the overall curriculum.

In addition to numerous school and university committees, Dr. Roman serves on the Executive Council of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Educators in Psychiatry and was president in 2014–15. She also is on the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Psychiatry Test Material Development Committee and an Interdisciplinary Review Committee. In 2013, she completed the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program for women.

Recent awards at the Boonshoft School of Medicine include the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2014, the Faculty Mentor Award and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the Excellence in Medical Education Award in 2008. She is currently faculty and mentor for the Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD) for the Central Region of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Roman is a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, and she received the Roeske Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education. She has more than 50 publications, mostly in the area of medical education.

Editorial Reviewerships

Academic Medicine
Journal of the American Medical Association
Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Academic Psychiatry
AAMC MedEDPortal

Representative Publications

Articles: Peer Reviewed

Houseknecht, V., Roman, B., Stolfi A. & Borges, N.J. (2019). A Longitudinal Assessment of Professional Identity, Wellness, Imposter Phenomenon and Calling to Medicine among Medical Students. Medical Science Educator, 29, 493-497.

Beck Dallagahan, G.L., Medder, J., Zabinski, J., Neeley, S.M., Roman, J.B., Emrich, J.L., Borges, N.J., & Bragg, D. (2018). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: A Survey of Attitudes, Knowledge, Preparedness, Campus Climate and Student Recommendations for Change in Four Midwestern Medical Schools. Medical Science Educator, 28, 181-189.

Levine, R., Borges, N., Roman, B., Carchedi, L., Townsend, M., Cluver, J., Frank, J., Morey, O., Haidet, P., and Thompson, B.  High-stakes Collaborative Testing: Why Not? Teaching and Learning in Medicine 2017.  Pages: 1-8 | DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2017.1365719

Yelton, L., Holyoke, A., Trout, MJ., Stolfi, A., and Roman, B.  Peer Instruction: an Analysis of Quality Improvement at Boonshoft School of Medicine.  Med.SciEduc. (2017)  27:729-734 DOI 10.1007/s40670-017-0480-7

Bree, K., Mast, R., Roman, B.  Teaching Students to Say "I Don't Know": Potential Methods and Implications". Academic Psychiatry (2017) 41:561–563 DOI  10.1007/s40596-017-0685-5 
Craker, N., Binder, B., Borges, N., Stolfi, A., Roman, B. The Influence of Gender on the Medical Student Evaluation of High-Risk Behaviors in an Adolescent Patient. Med.Sci.Educ (2017) DOI 10.1007/s40670-017-0411-7

Roman, B., Hayden, C., Parmelee, D. The Effectiveness of Engaged Learning:  8 Years of TBL in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Clerkships. Med.Sci.Educ.
(2017) DOI      10.1007/s40670-017-0412-6

Levine, R., Kelly, P., Carchedi, L., Schatte, D., Talley, B., Pershern, L., Trello-Rishel, K., Wolf, D., Ownby, A., Haidet, P., Roman, B., Penaskovic, K., and Hsich, P. (June 2016) Creating a Common Curriculum for the DSM-5:  Lessons in Collaboration. Academic Psychiatry.  (2016) 40:534-539
Roman, B, Schatte, D, Frank, J, et al.  (April 2016) The ADMSEP Milestones Project. Academic Psychiatry.  Acad Psychiatry (2016) 40:314–316

Articles: Invited

Harper, B and Roman, B. (2017) The Changing Landscape of Recruitment in Psychiatry.  Academic Psychiatry. Vol. 41 (2), pages 221-225

Roman, B.  (2015) Medical Student Education in Psychiatry:  Opportunities and Challenges.  Academic Psychiatry.  Vol. 39, (3), pages 242-245

Hurtubise, L, and Roman, B. (July 2014) Competency Based Curricular Design to Encourage Significant Learning.  Current Problems in Pediatrics and Adolescent   Health Care.  Vol. 44 (6), pages 164-169

Book Chapters

Welton, R., and Roman, B.  (2018) Bipolar Disorder in Cognitive Behavioral Psychopharmacology: The Clinical Practice of Biopsychosocial Integration. Ed. Muse, M. Wiley-Blackwell. 

Roman, B., Gentile, J. and Morrison, A.  (2009)  Psychotherapy with Psychotic  Patients in More than Medication: Incorporating Psychotherapy into Community Psychiatry Appointments. Eds. Gillig, P. and Morrison, A. Matrix Publications, West Chester, PA, pages 43-63.  

Gentile, J. and Roman, B. (2009) Trauma and Severe Anxiety in More than Medication: Incorporating Psychotherapy into Community Psychiatry Appointments. Eds. Gillig, P. and  Morrison, A. Matrix Publications, West Chester, PA, pages 77-89.

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