Kathleen M. Pike, PhD - Chair of the Global Mental Health Programs at Columbia University, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University
Dr. Kathleen M. Pike is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). She serves as Chair of the Global Mental Health Programs, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University, and Deputy Director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. She is also Senior Supervising Psychologist in the Center for Eating Disorders at CUMC. Dr. Pike has lived and worked in both Japan and Italy and has collaborated on numerous multisite trials focused on translational science and capacity building in mental health. She has held a Faculty Fulbright Award for research on eating disorders, an area of expertise where Dr. Pike has led pioneering work on risk factors, treatment development and dissemination. Dr. Pike serves as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a Trustee of the International Rescue Committee.
Harold Pincus, MD - Scientific Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia
Harold Pincus is Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University and Director of Quality and Outcomes Research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Pincus is recognized globally for his work on classification of disorders and evidence-based strategies for quality improvement in healthcare delivery.More about Harold Pincus
Geoffrey M. Reed, PhD - Co-Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University
Dr. Geoffrey Reed is Professor of Medical Psychology at CUMC and Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health. He has served as Senior Project Officer for the Development of ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization since 2008. He founded the WHO Global Clinical Practice Network (http://gcp.network), comprising 15,000 mental health and primary care professionals from 156 countries contributing directly to ICD-11 through participation in field studies. He is a founder of the Center for Global Mental Health Research, a collaboration of the National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, Mexico, the Faculty of Psychology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the World Health Organization. He has received numerous awards, most recently the Robert L. Spitzer Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nosology and Diagnosis from the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the Division of International Psychology, American Psychological Association.
Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH - Scientific Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia
Ezra Susser is on Faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology. He has worked on program initiatives around the globe. His primary focus is currently on innovative treatments that increase capacity to treat individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in low-resource communities and advancing the civil rights of individuals with mental disorder.More about Ezra Susser
Lena Verdeli, PhD - Scientific Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia
Dr. Verdeli is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and director of the Teachers College Global Mental Health lab. She has received federal and foundation funding to study psychotherapy for prevention and treatment of mood disorders, and has been playing a key role in landmark studies involving adaptation, training, and testing of psychotherapy packages used by non-specialists (primary care staff, community health workers, etc). Her work involved depressed adults in southern Uganda; war-affected internally displaced (IDP) adolescents in northern Uganda and IDP women in Colombia; distressed patients in primary care in Goa, India; depressed community members in Haiti; and war-affected Syrian refugees in Lebanon, among others.More about Lena Verdeli
Milton L. Wainberg, MD - Scientific Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia
Milton L. Wainberg, MD, is an Investigator and Research Scientist, Intervention Science Core Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Medical Education, HIV Mental Health Training Project. He is a Scientific Co-Director, Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University and Director, Global Mental Health T32 and D43 Research Fellowships. Milton is also Principal Investigator, PRIDES sSA – Partnerships in Research to Implement and Disseminate Sustainable and Scalable Evidence Based Practices in sub-Saharan Africa.
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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, and is adapting this program to the Chilean context as OnTrackChile.
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).
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 also 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.