GMH Program Team

GMH Program Team

Nicole Khauli, MPH

Nicole Khauli is a Research Associate at the Global Mental Health Program, Columbia University. She earned her BA in Psychology from the American University of Beirut and recently her Master in Public Health from the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. During her training in public health, she completed her 6-month practicum in Lebanon. There, she undertook the role of Regional Coordinator for the Arab participating sites in the WHO-based Implementation Field Studies concerned with the revision of guidelines for mental and behavioral disorders in the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 11th revision (ICD-11). She has since been involved in the management and analysis of these collected data. She has also been working with faculty from the Department of Epidemiology on substance use research. Some of the work she has recently investigated are the effects of alcohol policies and perceived health risks on youth alcohol consumption in Lebanon. In the future, Nicole intends to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Tahilia Rebello, PhD

Dr. Rebello is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She also works jointly on the staffs of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University, as Research Program Manager, and the WHO, in the capacity of Project Coordinator for the Global Clinical Practice Network – an international network of over 10,000 health professionals established as part of the development of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Dr. Rebello also provides scientific and logistical support to the Tohoku Theater Project, an initiative that uses theater as a means of broaching post-disaster mental health concerns and stigma among survivors of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. Dr. Rebello holds a BSc in Physiology, from McGill University. She is trained as a neuroscientist, and completed her doctoral work in the field of developmental psychobiology and pharmacology at Columbia University. Her research focused on understanding the way in which early-life events, specifically those that impact the levels of serotonin in the brain, affect the development of brain regions implicated in anxiety and depression. Her transition from the basic sciences to population-level mental health, included an internship with WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where she contributed to the 2011 Mental Health Atlas Project and suicide prevention initiatives. Dr. Rebello also established and served as Program Director for the health education division for a non-profit clinic in NYC, directed several women’s health initiatives and advocacy campaigns as part of the V-Day Movement, and developed and taught a foundational course for undergraduates, on the biology of affective disorders, at Columbia Medical Center.

Howard Andrews, PhD

Dr. Howard Andrews established and serves as director of the Data Coordinating Center, which in collaboration with the Biostatistics Department, provides comprehensive data management, statistical and data analytic services to the Center for Child Environmental Health, the Traumatic Brain Injury Data Coordinating Center, the Gertrude Sergievsky Center, the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, and over 30 federally funded research projects at the Mailman School, as well as other Columbia departments and affiliates. These projects include 10 clinical trials as well as a number of large-scale epidemiological studies. Dr. Andrews is an expert in the use of web-based technologies to gather, organize, and disseminate research information, and was leader of the technical team that developed Peristats, an on-line system user-friendly information system for accessing, charting, and mapping thousands of data elements related to birth and infants morbidity and mortality at the local, state and national levels.

Michael First, MD

Dr. First is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Columbia Department of Psychiatry, and he serves as Technical and Editorial Consultant on the ICD-11 revision. Dr. First has extensive experience with both the DSM and ICD design and conceptualization. In 2008, Dr. First was invited to conduct a complete comparison of DSM-IV and ICD-10. By 2009, thirty percent of his professional responsibilities were devoted to the ICD revision. Dr. First was co-principal investigator on the “Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis” conferences that developed research agendas for the then upcoming DSM-5 and ICD-11 revisions. Additionally, Dr. First has led the discussion of harmonization between the DSM and the ICD. He attends working group meetings, assists in the creation and editing of related material, including the conceptualization and template of content forms.