Practica

The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University offers a range of practica experiences that are coordinated with the GMHP’s on-going general research programs. Applicants MUST be enrolled in a Columbia University graduate program in Psychology or Public Health to apply. Details on current opportunities for Summer 2019 are provided below.

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Brazil

Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP/ High-Risk Cohort Study for Psychiatric Disorders (HRC-Brazil)

PI: Jair Mari, Elson Asevedo

Location: Sao Paulo/SP, Brazil

Preferred length: Summer / Six months

Description of work: The HRC is the largest population neuroscience study ever performed in Low and Middle-Income Countries. The study combines a strong epidemiological component with genetics, neuroimaging, and cognitive and psychiatric assessments. The student will work with the research team on various ongoing analyses within the larger study. Specific activities include data analysis, project and manuscript preparation, administrative support, visit relevant mental health services, participation in classes of the post-graduation program. Desired skills include writing skills sufficient for manuscript and project preparation, familiarity with data analysis software (R, SPSS, MPlus), familiarity with complex research designs, familiarity with multiple regression analysis, logistic regression and generalized linear model (GZLM). The main expected outcome is that the student may develop an original research question within the HRC data set, analyze the data, and prepare a manuscript for submission.

 


 

Chile

The National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, FONDECYT, grant number 1180224: a collaborative computer-assisted cognitive-behavioral educational and psychological treatment for depressed patients with chronic diseases at primary care

PI: Graciela Rojas

Location: Santiago, Chile

Preferred length: Summer/ 6 months

Description of work: This is a mixed-methods study design, with qualitative studies embedded within a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of an integrated, technology-assisted, psychosocial treatment for depression and chronic diseases in primary care. The student will assist the research team in various activities: drafting and critical appraisal of manuscripts; exploring the feasibility, usability, and pilot testing of the intervention; and, fieldwork and administrative support during the recruitment period of the trial. The student will learn about the public mental health services available in Chile through lectures, seminars, and field visits and will participate in research meetings and presentations. Competences in data collection and data analysis, including due competence in data analysis software (e.g., Stata, R, Atlas.ti), and scientific writing skills are required. By the end of the placement period, the student should have importantly contributed to one research paper submitted for publication.

 

University of Chile / Millennium Nucleus to Improve the Mental Health of Adolescents and Youths (Imhay)

PI: Vania Martínez, Graciela Rojas

Location: Santiago, Chile

Preferred length: Summer/ Six months

Description of work: The general objective of this research center is to generate evidence on interventions to improve the mental health of adolescents and youths. This is an interdisciplinary team (social sciences, health sciences, neurosciences, and public health) that incorporates a comprehensive, empirically grounded, and multi-level perspective that considers the course of life and cultural and territorial relevance, and encourages the use of digital technologies in interventions (e-mental health). The scientific research areas in mental health are: (1) education and awareness, (2) promotion and universal prevention, (3) targeted prevention and early treatment, (4) social dimensions and public policies. Studies with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology are developed. The student will assist the research team in various activities: data analysis; fieldwork and administrative support of the project; drafting and critical appraisal of manuscripts. The student will learn about the public mental health services available in Chile and the design of interventions in low-resource settings, through seminars and field visits, and will participate in research meetings and presentations. Desired skills include data collection and data analysis. Scientific writing skills are required. By the end of the placement period, the student should have importantly contributed to one or two research papers submitted for publication.

 


 

China

Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine

PI: Zhen Wang

Location: Shanghai, China

Preferred length: Six months

Description of work: The students are welcome to join the Anxiety & Related Disorders Research Program of our hospital. This is a long-term comprehensive research program which involves health economics, epidemiology, genetics, neuroimaging, social-psychological evaluation and clinical intervention. The participates include patients of social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders. The student will work with the research team on various ongoing studies within the program according to the interest of the student. Specific involvement including data analysis, manuscript writing, project preparation, and related research activities.

 

PI: Min Zhao, Zhen Wang

Location: Shanghai/China

Preferred length: Summer / Six months

Description of work: Shanghai Mental Health Center (SMHC) owns nearly 2000 ward beds, and the Shanghai Institute of Mental Health is in possession of 17 laboratories as well as abundant clinical resources, rich teaching strength, and innovative research projects. The student will assist faculty and staff  to conduct research activities, which will be  the ICD-11 field studies at SMHC, as well as the ongoing study for mental and substance use disorders. Specific activities include data analysis and write up, visit relevant mental health services, and participation in classes of the post-graduation program.

 


 

India

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

PI: Yatan Pal Singh Balhara; Pratap Sharan

Location: New Delhi, India

Preferred length: Summer / Six months

Description of work: Multiple students are invited to participate. The student will work with an academic teaching program of the Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, as participant observers. There will be involvement with the ICD-11 field studies at AIIMS, with the role being finalized depending on the stage of the field studies.

 


 

Lebanon

American University – Beirut

PI: Brigitte Khoury, Ph.D.

Location: American University of Beirut, Department of Psychiatry, Beirut, Lebanon

Preferred length: Six months

Description of work:  The student will  be part of the clinical psychology training program, observing clinical interviews with clients, attending didactics and educational activities at the department, getting exposure to different programs at the department pf psychiatry such as psychosis program, substance abuse, partial hospitalization program, child/adolescent division and more. For research, the student will be involved in the ICD-11 field studies through the data from the Arab region. Tasks will include data analysis, manuscript preparation, literature reviews and possible presentations at professional conferences and meetings. The student can also be involved in research projects conducted by various faculty members and help them in the conducting of their studies.

 


 

Macau

Macau

PI: Brian Hall

Location: Macau

Details: TBC

 


 

Mexico

Mexico City, Psychiatry Department

PI: Geoffrey Reed

Location: Mexico City

Details: TBC

 


 

Nigeria

Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun State – Nigeria:  The Community & Aro Primary Care Mental Health Project (C&APCMHP) for Ogun State, Nigeria

PI: Lucky Onofa

Location: Nigeria

Preferred length: Summer / Six months

Description of work: The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro was established in 1954 and has become popular throughout the world for the innovative community psychiatry care through The ARO VILLAGE System of care by Adeoye Lambo. In 2012, the Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro embarked on Primary care mental health program for Ogun state, which involves the training of primary care workers across the 4 socio-political zones of the state to provide mental health services. Currently, the patient caseload is over 2000 patients. Student interns would be involved through scheduled visits to the primary care centers in an observer-participant capacity, mental health education to secondary school students and community members, participation in anti-stigma public mental health programs, and research activities on primary care mental health services.

 


 

South Africa

Drakenstein Child Lung Health Study

PI: Bulumko Lusu, Dan J Stein

Location: Cape Town/Paarl, South Africa

Preferred length: Six months only

Description of work: The Drakenstein Child Lung Health Study is an ongoing multiyear birth cohort study investigating the epidemiology, etiology and risk factors for childhood lower respiratory illness and the impact on child health. The student will work with the research team on various ongoing sub-studies within the larger study. Specific involvement such as assessment of participants, data quality checking, data analysis and write up will be determined by the skill level of the student and the available opportunities at the time of the visit.

 


 

Uganda

University of Alabama – Raising Voices

PI: Cady Carlson

Location: Uganda

Preferred length: Six months

Description of work: Raising Voices and University of Alabama are launching a mental health awareness raising campaign and school-based program. Intern activities potentially include: research pilot study, tool development, and program development.