Milton L. Wainberg, MD

Scientific Co-Director, Global Mental Health Program at Columbia


Milton L. Wainberg, MD, is an Investigator and Research Scientist, Intervention Science Core Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Medical Education, HIV Mental Health Training Project. He is also Director of the Global Mental Health T32 and D43 Research Fellowships. Milton is also Principal Investigator of PRIDES sSA – Partnerships in Research to Implement and Disseminate Sustainable and Scalable Evidence Based Practices in sub-Saharan Africa.

Milton is a Venezuelan, American and Brazilian researcher, clinician, and educator whose work has focused on bringing research to practice within public mental health systems of care and on training the next generation of mental health clinicians and researchers. Dr. Wainberg has led a research portfolio concentrating on the intersection of HIV and mental health (funded by NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA and CDC). This work – conducted among some of the most vulnerable populations (adults and adolescents with mental illness and substance use disorders) and in both the US and Latin America – has brought evidence-based HIV prevention interventions to mental health care systems. Dr. Wainberg's research also addresses the burden of mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries as Principal Investigator of two NIH global mental health training grants, one focused in the US and the other in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also Principal Investigator of an NIMH funded sub-Saharan Africa hub that combines mental health implementation science capacity building in five countries (Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia), and a large population-based implementation study examining best strategies to bring comprehensive mental health care in three provinces in Mozambique, a country with about 26 million inhabitants and 13 local psychiatrists. The goal of these innovative training and research programs is to decrease the global mental health treatment gap as well as the global mental health research gap. Dr. Wainberg has expanded the reach of his efforts across cultures and geographical regions that include resource-poor areas of the U.S.; Central and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela); sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Malawi, Mozambique, San Tome, South Africa and Zambia); and Europe (Spain).