Upcoming Events

Feb 2019

University Seminar: Improving the Community-Based Registry and Treatment System for Persons with Severe Mental Illnesses in China

Michael Phillips, CM, MD, MA, MPH is the Director of the Suicide Research and Prevention Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Executive Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention at Beijing Huilongghuan Hospital. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Phillips is currently PI on a number of multi-center collaborative projects on suicide, depression and schizophrenia. He runs research training courses each year, supervises Chinese and foreign graduate students, helps coordinate WHO mental health activities in China, promotes increased awareness of the importance of addressing China’s suicide problem and advocates improving the quality of, comprehensiveness, and access to mental health services around the country. In 2013, he received the International Scientific and Technological Award of the People’s Republic of China, the highest honor for scientific achievement awarded to foreign nationals by the Chinese government.

02/04/2019 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032
02/11/2019 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Young Professionals Board Soul Cycle Charity Ride

Do something good for your SOUL! The Young Professionals Board of the Columbia University Global Mental Health Programs is hosting a SoulCycle Charity Ride to raise funds for the Small Grants Program, a program that supports new investigators and research projects in global mental health.

Come join us on February 24, 2019 at SoulCycle in NoMad (12 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001). Registration will begin at 3 pm and the ride will start at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://cugmhpsypsoulcycle2019.eventbrite.com. They include the class, water, and shoe rentals!

02/24/2019 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mar 2019

University Seminar: OnTrackChile for First Episode Psychosis

Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH is the Edna L. Edison Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center where she directs the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research and the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dixon is an internationally recognized health services researcher with over 25 years of continuous research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the VA and foundations. As CPI director, she oversees activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health in implementing evidenced based practices in behavioral health programs throughout the state. She leads the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for the population of individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Dr. Dixon’s grants have focused on improving the quality of care for individuals with serious mental disorders with a particular emphasis on services that include families, reducing the negative impact of co-occurring addictions and medical problems, and improving treatment engagement and adherence. Dr. Dixon’s work has joined individuals engaged in self-help, outpatient psychiatric care, as well as clinicians and policy makers in collaborative research endeavors. Dr. Dixon assumed the role of editor in chief of the journal, Psychiatric Services in January, 2017. She has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has received numerous awards including the 2009 American Psychiatric Association Health Services Senior Scholar Award and the Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care. In 2014, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Metro NYC recognized her with the Adele Anshien Volunteer of the Year Award, and NAMI national recognized her with its annual Scientific Research Award. In 2016, the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association recognized her work with the Carl A. Taube Award.


Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH, is Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute.  He is Director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University.  Much of Dr. Susser’s work has focused on neurodevelopmental disorders; some evident in childhood, such as autism spectrum disorders, and others evident later, such as schizophrenia.  The purpose in broad terms has been to identify strategies for prevention and for enhancing the quality of life of affected individuals.  This has led him to study the determinants of the onset and the course of such illnesses at many levels, encompassing for example sociocultural context, prenatal exposures, child adversities, genetics, and epigenetics.  He has also been involved in developing and testing interventions, often focused on marginalized populations, such as Critical Time Intervention for homeless people with schizophrenia.  Both his past and current work have had a major focus on global mental health, in regions including Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, and China.  In Latin America, he founded and initially led (with NIMH funding) the “RedeAmericas” network.  OnTrackChile is a recently initiated project which will adapt the OnTrackNY early intervention for first episode psychoses to the Chilean context and test its effectiveness there.

03/04/2019 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Apr 2019

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.

04/15/2019 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

May 2019

2019 Five Boro Bike Tour

The Global Fund for Mental Health is our proud sponsor in the 2019 TD Five Boro Bike Tour!

In any given year, about 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. — that’s 43.8 million, or 18.5% — experiences a mental disorder. Worldwide, mental and behavioral disorders account for approximately 7.4 percent of the global burden of disease, and represent the leading cause of disability—accounting for 22.2% of years lived with disability globally. It’s estimated that more than 75% of people with severe mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorders, and even in high-income countries, 35-50% of such individuals never receive care.

Through cutting edge research, training, and advocacy, Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Programs work to address the profound gaps that exist in mental health understanding and services around the globe. Our singular aim: to alleviate the global burden of disease inflicted by mental illness.

ALL_5BORO_LOGOS_FOR_USE_RGBThis year, the Global Fund for Mental Health is proud to again support our pioneering work by sponsoring a team in this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour. All proceeds from this ride will support thoughtful, comprehensive, and innovative research and program initiatives around the world that benefit millions of people suffering from psychological distress.

To guarantee a spot on our team, each rider this year pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000. This contribution is fully tax-deductible.

Join us! As a team member, you’ll enjoy:

  • An “early start” on the morning of May 5th — allowing you ample time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the route,
  • A light breakfast before we set out,
  • Lunch in a special tour hospitality area,
  • A souvenir t-shirt and cap, and
  • The satisfaction (and associated tax deduction) of supporting worldwide advances in mental health treatment.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].

Click below to sign up now:

Register to Ride


05/05/2019 All Day