Dr. Sandra Reid is the Deputy Dean for clinical programmes, and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. A postgraduate specialist degree in Psychiatry and a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University prepared her to excel in clinical service and research. An astute psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. Reid has received several international research grants, a UWI-NGC research award and has published several articles and book chapters in mental health, public health, and teaching and learning.
Her passion however lies in student-centered teaching and learning. Since 2003 Dr. Reid has directed the Caribbean Institute on Addictive Disorders, a teaching institute that has trained over 2,500 Caribbean professionals and paraprofessionals in addictive disorders using a pedagogical approach based on the principles of a community of practice with a unique Caribbean cultural component. She completed the Certificate on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia in 2012, and went on to earn the UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching award in 2012, and the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago Excellence in Teaching award in 2014. She has developed innovative approaches to clinical teaching in Psychiatry which are highly rated among clinical students, and currently serves as a member of the Board of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago and consultant for the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions.
As Deputy Dean, Dr. Reid has pioneered an expanded approach to academic advising and mentoring in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, establishing a system that addresses the multiple factors impacting academic performance among students, and sensitizing faculty to the need for a holistic approach to student management. She continues to influence the development of policies and practices that support student-centeredness.