Chief Residents' Spotlight
Cecilia Kwong, MD
PGY-IV, Chief Resident
Hello! I’m Dr. Cecilia Hiu Sze Kwong, and it’s nice to meet you. I’m originally from Hong Kong but spent my childhood on Guam before finally settling in Atlanta. I pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Religion. Continuing my academic journey, I obtained my medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine.
Throughout my medical career, I have been actively involved in research ranging from topics in neuroscience and mental health to healthcare disparities. Additionally, I have dedicated my time to volunteering in hospitals, participating in medical trips, and assisting local clinics in providing care to underserved communities. I have also undertaken community projects with the aim of supporting marginalized groups and making a positive impact.
From my time as a medical student at Morehouse, I realized that their mission strongly resonated with my own values. Recognizing the perfect fit, I decided to continue my residency training at the Morehouse Psychiatry Department, where I have been able to further my education and contribute to their exceptional work in bridging the gap in access to care, eliminating stigma, and reducing health inequities. It is an absolute honor and privilege for me to serve as the clinical chief resident for the upcoming academic year of 2023-2024.
Looking ahead, my career aspirations involve specializing in general adult psychiatry, with a particular focus on inpatient and emergency department settings. I am keenly interested in exploring the field of interventional psychiatry, as it presents exciting opportunities to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives.
Rhonda Reid, MD
PGY-IV, Chief Resident
Hello! I’m Rhonda Reid and I was born and raised in Bronx, New York! I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College and earned my Medical Doctorate from Morehouse School of Medicine. Ever since completing my undergraduate degree, I have been passionate about academia. Prior to pursuing medical training, I held positions in the clinical and educational research sectors. During the first half of medical school, I served as chair of the MS1 academic committee, which provided resources to support the academic development of new medical students. In the second half of medical school, I completed independent and collaborative research projects in the Department of Community Health and Preventative Medicine.
Shortly after starting the residency program at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, I joined the research track to further investigate mental health challenges in underserved populations. I am currently conducting a secondary data analysis which aims to identify individual personality traits that place African American women at increased risk for suicidal ideation and behaviors.
I’m happy to incorporate my background in clinical research, teaching, and scientific inquiry to serve as the Academic/Educational Chief Resident for 2023-2024! My training at Morehouse School of Medicine has highlighted the impact of the social determinants of health and the importance of a holistic approach to treatment. Since the first point of care for mental health patients is often in the primary care setting, I hope to integrate my passion for General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry to work in a clinic that implements the collaborative care model.