Kathleen M. Pike, PhD is Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Department of Epidemiology in Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). She serves as Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee for the Global Mental Health Programs, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University, and Deputy Director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. She is also Senior Supervising Psychologist in the Center for Eating Disorders at CUIMC. For the past 4 years, Dr. Pike has coordinated the activities of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University, and with this redesignation will assume the role of Collaborating Center Director.
Dr. Pike has been involved with global initiatives around education and women's health throughout her career and has held academic and administrative university appointments in Japan where she served as Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research at Temple University Japan and Visiting Professor at Keio University. She has held a Faculty Fulbright Award for research on eating disorders, an area of expertise where Dr. Pike has led pioneering work on risk factors, treatment development and implementation. She developed an internationally disseminated and evidence-based relapse prevention treatment program of cognitive behavioral therapy for anorexia nervosa, and she conducts clinical training and education globally across the range of mental disorders to expand clinical and research capacity for treatment in low-resourced communities and promote mental health literacy and advocacy for individuals with mental illness. Dr. Pike has provided consultation on mental health policy to Japanese Parliamentary Representatives. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a Trustee of the International Rescue Committee.
Dr. Pike has also directed several programs that engage the arts to advance understanding and increase access to mental health services, including The Tohoku Theater Project in Japan, and the National Endowment for the Arts Artist in Residency Program. Dr. Pike has maintained an ongoing research program supported by grants and awards from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), Fulbright Foundation, Takeda Foundation, Japan National Institute of Health, Keio University, Columbia University, Temple University, the Japan Foundation, and private philanthropic funding. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters on eating disorders, culture and psychopathology and global mental health and has authored and presented more than 200 workshops, invited lectures, papers, and poster presentations.