Major Recent Advances in Global Mental Health: Examples and Events, Impact and Implications

Date(s) - Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
8:30 am - 9:30 am

T32 Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Judy Kuriansky, PhD

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. is an international clinical psychologist currently on the faculty at Columbia University Teachers College, who began her career at Columbia Psychiatric Institute in the US-UK Diagnostic Project, became a Senior Research Scientist and was on the Committee for drafting DSM III. She is also an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Health Sciences Center in China. At the UN, she is advisor to the Deputy Ambassador of the mission of São Tomé and Príncipe and the main NGO Representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology and the World Council of Psychotherapy. As Chair of the Psychology Coalition of NGOs accredited to the UN, she partnered with Ambassador Caleb Otto of the Palau Mission in the successful inter-government campaign for inclusion of mental health and wellbeing into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She has conducted trainings and psychosocial support after disasters in Haiti, Japan, China, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, the Ebola epidemic, and others; co-developed a Girls Empowerment Program in Africa; and just returned from helping Syrian refugees in Jordan. She has hosted the US-Africa Business Summit and awards ceremonies for First Ladies of Africa for US Doctors for Africa and Voices of African Mothers. An award-winning journalist, she has been a television news feature reporter and radio advice host and writes for magazines and newspapers worldwide from the New York Daily News to the Singapore Straits Times. Her book topics range from healthy relationships, to “Ecopsychology: the Intersection of Psychology and Environmental Protection” “Living in an Environmentally Traumatized World: Healing Ourselves and Our Planet” and the recently released, “The Psychosocial Aspects of a Deadly Epidemic: What Ebola Has Taught Us about Holistic Healing.”