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.

Victoria Leonard, BA

Victoria Leonard is the Program Coordinator at the Global Mental Health Program. She earned her B.A. from Brown University in Political Science and Religious Studies, and served as a Princeton in Africa Fellow in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. While there, she worked at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), a maternal health and disability hospital, and led research and development of a women’s health access website. Victoria has also directed the Universal Promise Health Education and Women’s Empowerment Initiatives in Addo, South Africa, conducted research on food security and import reliance in Senegal, and helped establish a sustainable water business in Tamale, Ghana. Her research interests include perinatal mental health, specifically around obstetric fistula and trauma in women. Victoria intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Global Clinical Psychology in the future.

Liza Magill, BA

Liza Magill is the Communications and Publications Coordinator for the Global Mental Health Programs. She earned her B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in global health from Boston College and completed a Global Health Corps fellowship in Kalisizo, Uganda. While in Uganda, she worked for Brick by Brick Uganda, a community-based maternal and women’s health organization, and led design and development of grant projects, including a psychosocial support program for adolescent mothers in Rakai District. Liza has also interned at Partners In Health to support mental health programming in Butaro, Rwanda, researched juvenile justice and mental health initiatives in the United States, and developed a volunteer program for a public hospital in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Her research interests include the intersection of mental health and tuberculosis outcomes, women’s mental health, and mental health criminal justice reform. She intends to pursue a medical degree in psychiatry or 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.