Core Affiliated Faculty & Associates
Alastair Ager, PhD - Adjunct Professor
Director, Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) in Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems, Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center
Alastair Ager, PhD, has worked in the field of international health and development for nearly 25 years, after originally training in psychology at the Universities of Keele, Wales and Birmingham in the UK. He was head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Malawi from 1989 until 1992 and Foundation Director of the Institute of International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh until 2004. Before joining Columbia, Dr. Ager worked as Senior Research Manager for the UK Department for International Development, with responsibility for the agency’s global portfolio of health and education research. Since joining Columbia, he has served as Research Director of the Care and Protection of Children in Crisis program (2005-2008) and, from 2009 to 2012, as the Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School.More about Alastair Ager
Jean-Marie E. Alves-Bradford, MD
Jean-Marie Bradford, M.D. is the Associate Director of Clinical Services at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Director of the Washington Heights Community Service (WHCS), a clinical community program with coordinated inpatient and outpatient services at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Bradford is also the training director for Columbia’s NIH funded T32 Research Fellowship in Global Mental Health which is focused on training fellows in implementation and dissemination research in order to identify and develop models for effective mental health care delivery in low- and middle-income countries.
The WHCS early psychosis program, the OnTrackNY/Washington Heights Community Service has been awarded the American Psychiatric Association Psychiatric Services Silver Award for innovative models of service delivery for persons with mental illness in the community. Dr. Bradford is the principal investigator on three grants to improve and evaluate services on WHCS including one grant to create primary care clinics within two WHCS community clinics and two grants related to expanding and evaluating the first episode psychosis coordinated specialty care program.
Dr. Bradford’s interests include implementation science, global mental health, psychosis, public psychiatry, teaching, faculty development and issues of diversity and inclusion.
Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD - Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD is Vice Chair for Education and Director of Resident Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Arbuckle’s interests focus on the role of medical education in advancing the translation of research into the practice of psychiatry.
Dr. Arbuckle is a principal investigator on Columbia’s NIH funded R25 Research Track (along with Drs. David Leonardo and Harold Pincus). This program, “Priming the Pump: Training Physician‐ Scientists in Translational Neuroscience,” aims to support the development of physician‐scientists who are dedicated to translational research in psychiatry. As part of her effort to expand the translation of basic neuroscience to clinical practice, Dr. Arbuckle is also co‐chair of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI), an NIH funded collaboration to create, pilot, and disseminate a comprehensive set of shared resources to help train psychiatrists to integrate a modern neuroscience e perspective into their clinical work.
In bridging patient‐oriented and population‐based research, Dr. Arbuckle has been extensively involved in developing quality improvement (QI) training programs for residents in psychiatry. Her training program in QI has been recognized as a “model curriculum” by the Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Dr. Arbuckle is also a principal investigator (along with Dr. Milton Wainberg) for Columbia’s NIH funded T32 Research Fellowship in Global Mental Health, which is focused on training fellows in implementation and dissemination research in order to identify and develop models for effective mental health care delivery in low- and middle-income countries.
Francine Cournos, MD - Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (in Epidemiology)
Dr. Francine Cournos is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (in Epidemiology) at Columbia University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Northeast Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Project. Dr. Cournos has worked in the area of HIV/AIDS and mental illness since 1983, and has participated in numerous research projects, training grants, practice guidelines, and policy development projects.
Lisa B. Dixon, MD, MPH - Professor of Psychiatry
Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center where she directs the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research and the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dixon is an internationally recognized health services researcher with over 25 years of continuous research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the VA and foundations. As CPI director, she oversees activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health in implementing evidenced based practices in behavioral health programs throughout the state. She leads the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for the population of individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis.More about Lisa Dixon
Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH - John P. Lambert, M.D. Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry; Co-Director of New York-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center in Washington Heights
Dr. Cristiane Duarte is an Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University – New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Duarte’s research is based on innovative population-based studies about the development of mental disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. Through the use state-of-the art sampling, recruitment and culturally appropriate assessment methodologies, she has sought to generate knowledge of relevance to diverse, often underserved and understudied populations. Currently, she is a leader of the Boricua Youth Study, the only multi-national source of information about how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latino subgroup (Puerto Ricans).More about Cristiane Duarte
Anke Ehrhardt, PhD - Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and a Professor of Medical Psychology
Dr. Anke A. Ehrhardt is the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and a Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Ehrhardt leads the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health and is Director of its Program for the Study of LGBT Health. She came to Columbia University from the State University of New York at Buffalo where she co-directed the Program of Psychoendocrinology at Children’s Hospital. In 1987 at Columbia and NYSPI, she became Founding Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, which remains a key component of the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health.More about Anke Ehrhardt
Nabila El-Bassel, DSW, MSW - Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work
Dr. El-Bassel is the Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Director of the Social Intervention Group (SIG), which was established in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary center focusing on developing and testing HIV, drug use, and gender –based violence effective prevention and intervention approaches and disseminating them to local, national, and global communities. Dr. El-Bassel is also the Director of the Columbia University Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA), a team of faculty, scientists, researchers, and students in both New York and Central Asia committed to advancing solutions to health and social issues in Central Asia through Research, Education, Training, and Policy and Dissemination.More about Nabila El-Bassel
Kim Hopper, PhD - Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences
Dr. Kim Hopper is a medical anthropologist who also works as a research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, where he co-directs the Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health. He is author of Reckoning with Homelessness (Cornell University Press, 2003), a stocktaking of two decades of research, advocacy, and theoretical work in that field, and co-editor of the forthcoming Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective (Psychosocial Press), a report from the WHO collaborative study on the long-term course and outcome of schizophrenia. He is also author of a critical review of practical quandaries in applied anthropological work. Since 1979, Dr. Hopper has done ethnographic and historical research on psychiatric care and on homelessness, chiefly in New York City.More about Kim Hopper
Silvia Martins, PhD - Associate Professor; Epidemiology Co-Director, Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program
Dr. Silvia S. Martins is a faculty member of the Psych-Neuro cluster of the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is the co-director of the NIDA T32 Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program in the department and the Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology (P6400). She is also the Department of Epidemiology Co-Investigator of the IMSD program at Columbia. She has co-authored more than 140 peer reviewed epidemiological and substance abuse journal articles, served as PI or MPI of multiple NIH funded grants. Notable recent findings have focused on recent trends in marijuana use, the relationship of perceived availability of marijuana with medical marijuana laws, traffic fatalities and medical marijuana laws and increasing trends in heroin use and heroin use disorder in the general U.S. adult population.More about Silvia Martins
She has received several awards for her research and mentoring, including, in 2011, the Award for pioneering efforts in gambling research, in 2013, the Columbia President’s Global Innovation Fund and more recently, in 2017, the Columbia University Mailman’s School of Public Health Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Her current research focuses on consequences of medical marijuana laws in the U.S, recreational marijuana laws in Uruguay, prescription drug monitoring programs, social media and marijuana, and gambling and impulsive behaviors among minority adolescents in the U.S. She has been continuously funded by NIH since 2006 as a Principal Investigator.
Lynn Murphy Michaelopoulos, PhD - Associate Professor of Social Work
Dr. Lynn Michalopoulos is an Associate Professor at Columbia School of Social Work. Dr. Michalopoulos has an extensive background in conducting individual, couples and group therapy with trauma survivors. She specialized in direct clinical practice with women of color who experienced both childhood and adult sexual violence. Dr. Michalopoulos’ current research focuses on how trauma outcomes vary across cultural and contextual contexts, especially among non-Western low and middle income countries. She is currently working with the Victims of Torture Fund through USAID and Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Mental Health Research group on a project developing global and regionally specific trauma scales across cultures and populations.More about Lynn Murphy Michaelopoulo
Richard Neugebauer, PhD, MPH - Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology (in Psychiatry)
Angela Parcesepe, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Angela Parcesepe, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.P.H. and M.S.W. at Columbia University. Dr. Parcesepe is interested in the prevention of gender-based violence and the impact of violence on physical and mental health, with particular attention to the intersection of violence, substance use and HIV prevention and treatment. Her research works with key populations at risk of HIV, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. Her past work investigated the impact of alcohol harm reduction on interpersonal violence and HIV sexual risk behaviors among female sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya, as well as violence and HIV sexual risk behaviors among women engaged in sex work in adolescence.
Frederica P. Perera, PhD, DrPH - Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Frederica P. Perera is professor of Environmental Health Sciences and serves as director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Dr. Perera is internationally recognized for pioneering the field of molecular epidemiology, utilizing biomarkers to understand links between environmental exposures and disease. Currently, she and her colleagues are applying advanced molecular and imaging techniques within longitudinal cohort studies of pregnant women and their children, with the goal of identifying preventable environmental risk factors for developmental disorders, asthma, obesity and cancer in childhood. These include toxic chemicals, pesticides and air pollution, with particular focus on adverse effects of prenatal and early childhood exposures. Her areas of specialization include prevention of environmentally related developmental disorders and disease in children, cancer prevention through the use of novel biomarkers, environment-susceptibility interactions, and risk assessment. Her recent research is also addressing the multiple impacts on children’s health and development of fossil fuel combustion–both from the toxic pollutants emitted and climate change related to CO2 emissions. She is the author of over 350 publications, including 300 peer-reviewed articles, and has received numerous honors.
Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD - Associate Professor & Director, Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Prabhjot Singh (@prabhjotsinghNY) is Director of the Arnhold Institute and Chair of the Department of Health System Design & Global Health, at the Mount Sinai Health System, as well as Special Advisor for Strategy and Design at the Peterson Center for Healthcare. His work focuses on scalable and sustainable methods that enable networks of community members, neighborhoods and health systems to learn from each other. In 2013, he co-founded the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign with Jeffrey Sachs, which is an initiative of the African Union and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. In 2016, his Arnhold Institute team, in partnership with the UN Special Envoy’s Office for MDG Financing and the MIT Media Lab launched ATLAS, which leverages satellite technologies to create a new generation of spatial information systems for low-resource, information-poor regions.More about Prabhjot Singh
Annika Sweetland, DrPH, MSW
Dr. Sweetland completed the T32 Global Mental Health fellowship in 2015 and was awarded an NIMH-funded K01 Mentored Career Development Award to Build Research Capacity in Global Mental Health (2016-2020). She will hold a dual appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences in Psychiatry through the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She has a background in clinical social work, public health, sociomedical sciences, and sustainable development. Her research is focused on mental health and poverty, more specifically the intersection of tuberculosis (TB) and depression.More about Annika Sweetland
Myrna Weissman, PhD - Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor & Chief of the Division of Epidemiology (in Psychiatry)
Dr. Weissman is Chief of the Division of Epidemiology at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Her current research is on understanding the rates and risks of mood and anxiety disorders using methods of epidemiology, genetics, neuroimaging, and the application of these findings to develop and test empirically based treatments and prevention intervention. She directs a 3-generation study of families at high and low risk for depression who have been studied clinically for up to 25 years and who are participating in genetic and imaging studies. She directs a multi-center study to determine the impact of maternal remission from depression on offspring. She is participating in several studies of the genetics of mood and anxiety disorder. She directs a study of psychiatric disorders in a poor minority patient population in primary care. Along with her late husband, Gerald Klerman, she developed and tested interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Her book outlining the method has been translated into 5 languages. An international society of researchers and clinicians using IPT was formed several years ago. Her current interest is in bringing psychiatric epidemiology closer to translational studies in the neurosciences and genetics.
Lawrence Yang, PhD - Associate Professor of Global Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University
Lawrence Yang is Associate Professor of Global Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed his clinical training at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Yang’s research focuses on several key areas of psychiatric epidemiology. He has formulated defining theoretical work on how culture relates to stigma and implementing interventions to improve social and symptomatic recovery for different stigmatizing conditions (mental illness and HIV), with a focus on psychosis in Chinese groups.More about Lawrence Yang
Prudence Fisher, PhD
Dr. Prudence Fisher is a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Fisher served as a Scientific Advisor for the ICD-11 meetings held at Columbia in March 2013 where she provided consultation and leadership on the overall issues of study design, methodology and analysis for the development of the ICD-11 field studies. Dr. Fisher’s expertise is on the development, validation and implementation of assessment methods for mental health conditions. Dr. Fisher played a critical role in the development of the DSM-5 as an advisor to two DSM Work Groups (Childhood and Adolescent Disorders and ADHD and Disruptive Disorders) and three other DSM-5 Study Groups (Diagnostic Assessment Instruments, Impairment and Disability, and Other Conditions that May be a Focus of Clinical Attention) and as the Principal Investigator of one of the DSM-5 Field Trials. Dr. Fisher is currently principal investigator on an NIMH funded grant that addresses the validity of current and proposed diagnostic categories and criteria for child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. . Dr. Fisher will continue to provide leadership on the design and implementation of the ICD-11 field studies.