Keeping Mental Health on the Global Agenda: Opportunities at the Intersections

Date(s) - Monday, March 29th, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Dr. Pamela Collins
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health
The University of Washington
Hosted by Boston College School of Social Work, Research Program on Children and Adversity, Grants and Sponsored Research IniTiative (GRIT) Seminar
Description: Over the last 30 years, mental disorders have remained among the most important drivers of global disease burden. Lessons learned in perinatal mental health, HIV prevention, care and treatment, and non-communicable disease management show that strategies for integrating care are feasible in high-resourced and lower resourced settings. Momentum is growing in global HIV programs and in the global mental health community to address the need for care alongside interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing. Two centers at UW directed by Dr. Pamela Collins– UW Global Mental Health Program and the International Training and Education for Health (I-TECH)–are tackling these challenges and inviting opportunities for expanding implementation of evidence-based care and prevention of mental and substance use disorders.
Dr. Pamela Collins is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, where she is executive director of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) and the UW Global Mental Health Program—an interdisciplinary program dedicated to the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions in low-resource settings locally and around the world. Prior to her current role, she was director of the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (USA). Her leadership led to the launch of research initiatives to extend mental health services in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as research to reduce mental health disparities among diverse racial and ethnic groups and Indigenous communities in the United States. Dr. Collins’s own research focuses on the intersections of mental health and HIV care in the US and sub-Saharan Africa and the mental health needs of urban adolescents in the global context. Dr. Collins completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University. She obtained her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She completed residency training in psychiatry at Columbia University and postdoctoral fellowship training at Columbia University and Harvard Medical School. She was formerly an associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons.