Global Mental Health University Seminar: Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez and Dr. Manuela Orjuela-Grimm

Date/Time
Date(s) - Monday, January 27th, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


The first Global Mental Health University Seminar of the Spring 2020 semester will be presented by Dr. Roberto Lewis Fernandez and Dr. Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, recipients of the Small Grants Program under the Council for the Advancement of Global Mental Health Research. They will be speaking on their Small Grants Program project with the title: “CAMINANDO: Assessing pre, peri, and post-migration risks for mental health problems in adolescent Latinos migrating to NYC without their parents.”

This presentation will be held in the NYSPI Boardroom from 4:00-5:15 pm on January 27, 2020.

Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, MD is a molecular epidemiologist and pediatric oncologist whose research focuses on gene-nutrient/environment interactions during childhood and the development of later genetic and epigenetic changes in pediatric disease. Her work focuses on metabolism of folate and other one carbon donors. In collaboration with researchers in Mexico, Dr. Orjuela is involved in multiple studies assessing early life dietary intake in Mexico and in recent Mexican immigrants in NYC. Her US based work examines the effects of acculturation and early life migration on nutrient/ environmental exposures in Latino migrants. She is also a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma team in Pediatric Oncology.

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the New York State (NYS) Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program, and Co-Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, at NYS Psychiatric Institute. He is also Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University. Dr. Lewis-Fernández’s research focuses on developing clinical interventions and novel service-delivery approaches to help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups. He also studies the way culture affects individuals’ experience of mental disorder and their help-seeking expectations, including how to explore this cultural variation during the psychiatric evaluation.