Global Mental Health University Seminar: Mothers’ Childhoods and the Intergenerational Transmission of Mental Health Risk in the Context of Adversity

Date(s) - Monday, November 4th, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Pamela Scorza, PhD is an Associate Research Scientist in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University. Dr. Scorza studies intergenerational processes in the transmission of risk for poor mental health, with a focus on developing prevention intervention to break cycles of poor mental health in populations exposed to adversities. Dr. Scorza originally studied anthropology and became engaged in Global Mental Health when she conducted a qualitative study of perinatal depression in rural Ghana while earning a Masters of Public Health Degree at the University of Ghana in West Africa. Dr. Scorza has conducted Global Mental Health implementation research in Rwanda, Burundi, and Peru during doctoral studies at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public health and post-doctoral studies at Columbia University.  She has been involved in the development of a psychosocial intervention to prevent mental disorders in children from HIV-affected families in Rwanda, as well as the implementation of the Thinking Healthy Program, a World Health Organization recommended intervention to prevent postpartum depression, in Peru. Dr. Scorza has expertise in cross-cultural mental health measurement, global mental health implementation science, and perinatal psychobiology. Her current translational research program focuses on epigenetics and maternal caregiving in longitudinal studies in Puerto Rico, the US, and the UK to identify targets of preventive interventions for mental health.