Faith Healers and Western Medicine in Global Mental Health: Points of Conflict, and Consensus

Date(s) - Monday, December 5th, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

GMH University Seminar
Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, Columbia University
Megan Campbell, PhD, University of Cape Town

Ezra S. Susser, MD, DrPH, is the Director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program. His research focuses on two main areas. One is examining the role of early life experience in health and disease throughout the life course; the other is global mental health, and he is a co-founder of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia. Much of Dr. Susser’s early work focused on the course of schizophrenia and especially on social outcomes. In his early research career he was involved in follow-up studies of psychoses in the United States and across the globe, including the WHO International Study of Schizophrenia. He also conducted studies of homelessness and its prevention among patients with schizophrenia. This work included the development and testing of the initial version of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) for prevention of recurrent homelessness. Dr. Susser is an editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology, lead author of the main textbook on psychiatric epidemiology, and former chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health (1999-2008).

Dr Megan Campbell is a counseling psychologist. She completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at Rhodes University in 2009 and then completed her PhD in 2012. Dr. Campbell also completed a predoctoral training programme through SANPAD and was a visiting scholar at the University of Tilburg and University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Campbell is also a postdoctoral research fellow working on the Genomics of Schizophrenia in South African Xhosa People (SAX) study. She represents the study on the H3Africa ethics and community engagement working group calls, and lead ethics related research on the study including work around informed consent in a vulnerable population, and community engagement strategies that build relationships with community stakeholders.