Global Mental Health University Seminar: The Mental Health Crisis in Mexico

Date(s) - Monday, December 9th, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

María Elena Medina-Mora is a leading figure in mental health and the reform of mental health and substance abuse services in Mexico, with a decades-long commitment to research and public health. She served as Director-General Director of the Mexican National Institute of Psychiatry (INP) for 12 years (the maximum term). She founded and leads the Center for Global Mental Health Research, which is the first such center established in a middle-income country and represents a collaboration between INP, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and the World Health Organization (WHO). She is a full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Heath at UNAM. In 2006, she received the high honor of being elected to Mexico’s Colegio Nacional (National Academy). Dr. Medina-Mora’s scientific expertise focuses on methodological, psychosocial, and epidemiological issues as they relate to addictions and mental health. She led the World Mental Health Survey in Mexico and has served on many WHO policy and scientific committees. She has published more than 200 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, numerous book chapters, and 7 books. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her research and public health contributions.