University Seminar: Every 40 Seconds: A Global Perspective on Suicide Prevention

Tahilia Rebello, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She also works jointly on the staffs of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University, as Research Program Manager, and the World Health Organization, in the capacity of Project Coordinator for the development of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Dr. Rebello is trained as a neuroscientist and completed her doctoral work in the field of developmental psychobiology and pharmacology at Columbia University. Her research focused on understanding the way in which early-life events, specifically those that impact the levels of serotonin in the brain, affect the development of brain regions implicated in anxiety and depression. Her transition from the basic sciences to population-level mental health included an internship with WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. As part of her internship and current work, she has contributed to several suicide prevention initiatives, including the development of the Self-Harm and Suicide module for the WHO’s Mental Health Gap Program (mhGAP), the Public Health Action for the Prevention of Suicide: A Framework, and Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative. In 2018, she was an awarded a Policy Scholar award from the NY State Office of Mental Health to study clinicians’ knowledge, practice, and training on suicide risk assessment and prevention for immigrant clients in New York in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Stanley’s research team at NYSPI. She has also collaborated with the Africa Mental Health Foundation to develop trainings, referral pathways and data-collection infrastructure to help enhance screening and management for individuals exhibiting suicidal behaviors in rural Kenya.