Advocacy

Art and Mental Health

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health is committed to partnering with artists to work toward shared goals of challenging the stigma of mental illness, elevating the voices of individuals with lived experiences, and improving the quality of mental health care worldwide.

Since 2019, the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health has been collaborating with artists with lived experiences to enhance the Global Mental Health Academy (GMHA), an online platform to train clinicians around the world on the ICD-11 diagnostic guidelines for Mental, Behavioural, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. As such, we are deeply grateful for these individuals who have shared their creative talents and experiences to improve the quality of the GMHA training materials.

In developing the GMHA training modules, we worked with independent artists as well as artists affiliated with the Fountain House Gallery. Please see below to learn more about these artists, listed in alphabetical order.

The works of artists in the Fountain House community are currently on exhibition at the Fountain House Gallery Artsy page. Several artists also have individual websites, and their work can be viewed in the links included below.

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Azure Bourne
Azure, a primarily self-taught artist, began making collages and abstract drawings in the 1970s. She majored in voice and piano at the High School of Music and Art, but it was a Fine Arts course at Syracuse University that spurred her love of art and led her to take painting courses at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts, and a photography class at The New School. Azure works principally in the medium of collage; she is attracted by a variety of elements – metal, wire, wood, images on printed material, nature – and by discovering the surprise in the shape, color and texture of “found objects” that inspire her to create. Her pieces reflect our time, connect her with other artists, and reveal aspects of herself that might otherwise remain hidden. Says Azure, “A found object, which to me is a gift from the universe, can remain something wonderful on its own – something to cherish and meditate on for the day or longer.” She was one of four artists spotlighted in the Fountain Gallery exhibition Collaged Realities.

Azure’s art is featured in Unit 6: Obsessive-Compulsive or Related Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Ann Fischman
Ann is a collage artist living and working in New York City. Her collages often function as a dream might – an expression of emotion interlaced with experience, but in a context removed from reality. Ann works by collecting images from used auction catalogues, magazines, and newspapers. These images are later combined, often with other media, to form a collage that projects a visual representation of her internal world. Ann’s work is for sale and can be seen on her website.

Ann’s art is featured in Unit 3: Schizophrenia or Other Primary Psychotic Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Guiomar Giraldo-Baron
A fashion and costume designer, Guiomar holds a BA in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She was selected to show her designs at the IDENTITIES fashion show at Harvard University and has received commissions to create custom-made gowns. As a painter, she works primarily in oil and acrylic, and on occasion in watercolor. Guiomar has a facility for figurative subjects such as portraits and landscapes and would like to take on the challenge of making abstract works. Guiomar’s work can be found on her website.

Guiomar’s art is featured in Unit 10: Feeding or Eating Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Roger Jones
Roger’s preferred subject matter for his acrylic paintings includes scenes of New York City and its people, and representations of nature. He studied painting and book arts such as bookbinding via programs at the organization Community Access and cites the works of Picasso as an ongoing source of inspiration. Roger also creates jewelry pieces and offers them for sale at local bazaars. His work has been featured in a group show at White Columns.

Roger’s art is featured in Unit 13: Disorders Due to Addictive Behaviours and Impulse Control Disorder on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Gary Peabody
Gary’s body of work includes paintings in the abstract style as well as landscapes and portraits. His pieces have been shown at numerous New York City venues, including Frieze Art Fair, Queens Museum, and HAI, where he was a longtime participant in the Studio program. Gary studied at Boston Architecture College and served as a consultant in urban planning for the city of Boston. He was involved in early brainstorming sessions for the project that culminated in establishing New York City’s High Line.

Gary’s art is featured in Unit 4: Mood Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Barry Senft
A self-described “artist of many styles,” Barry works in mediums ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture and collage. He favors painting abstract landscapes in intense colors. He worked for many years as a jewelry designer, creating designs as well as producing molds and models for casting. Barry’s formal art education was through School of Visual Arts, and he has also studied at the Center for the Media Arts and Pels School of Commercial Art. His work was featured in the Fountain House Gallery two-person show Urban Faces.

Barry’s art is featured in Unit 6: Obsessive-Compulsive or Related Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Gail Shamchenko
Gail is a self-taught artist who works primarily in oil and colored pencil. She also has skills in photography and writing and has dabbled in the theatre. Her pieces were featured in a two-person exhibit at the corporate headquarters of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in New York City, and her artwork was honored with an award from the Haym Salomon Foundation. Gail has conducted workshops in color therapy, and she founded a supported housing program to serve people with mental illness. At Fountain House Gallery she shared a two-person show, Serendipitous, with Nelia Gibbs and was one of the artists featured in the exhibition 4 Women 4 Voices 4 Visions. Says Gail, “I am so grateful to have been given the gift to create art. It never ceases to amaze me that when I touch brush to canvas, magic happens.”

Gail’s art is featured in Unit 5: Anxiety or Fear-Related Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Susan Spangenberg
A self-taught artist, Susan is also an actor, writer, and filmmaker. She performs under the stage name Shyla Idris. Her work is autobiographical, commenting on her experience in the mental health system as well as touching upon racial issues and other areas of social injustice. Susan works in acrylic and mixed media from small to large unframed work, including body prints, collage, and painting on found objects. Her work was shown in the City Arts exhibit in Nottingham, marking the first time pieces by an artist working outside the UK were selected for inclusion. Susan’s work can be found on her website.

Susan’s art is featured in Unit 4: Mood Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Greg Stanger
Greg has had no formal art training. He uses watercolor and acrylic as a base medium and incorporates into his work elements of mixed media – metal, newsprint, and found objects. An accomplished poet, Greg is currently majoring in English literature and creative writing at City College. His artwork reflects the manner in which he experiences life in New York City, and as a New Yorker abroad.

Greg’s art is featured in Unit 4: Mood Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Carlos Runcie Tanaka
A one-time philosophy major at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Carlos Runcie Tanaka studied ceramics in Brazil, Italy, and Japan. He has held individual and collective exhibitions, representing Peru in eight major exhibitions in Peru, Brazil, Chile, and Spain from 1991 to 2019. His work is in public and private collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Art Museum of the Americas, World Bank Art Collection, Inter-American Development Bank Art Collection in the US and the Museo de Arte de Lima, Museo de Arte de San Marcos, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Arequipa in Peru. Carlos’ work can be found on his website.

Carlos’ art is featured in Unit 7: Disorders Specifically Associated with Stress on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Robin Taylor
After a successful 35-year career in theatre, Robin found a new creative outlet in sculpting and painting. Her theatrical experiences serve as an inspiration for her work, much of which expresses her frustration at being a hard-of-hearing person navigating hearing and deaf realities. Robin has worked in a variety of sculpting mediums, including bronze, steel, wire mesh, acrylic and clay, and in each she pays meticulous attention to surface, contour, and texture. “Texture” is also a hallmark of Robin’s mixed-media paintings, in which she incorporates found objects such as buttons, zippers and wire. Robin has shown her work in more than 15 group shows and in two solo shows on the theme of deafness. She was awarded 2nd Place in the Second Annual Juried De’VIA Competition and Exhibit, and she has exhibited in the National Touring Exhibition of Deaf Culture Art. Her work has been presented at the Outsider Art Fair. The Final Bow, Robin’s five-foot-tall, 600-pound bronze and copper sculpture, is on view at Fountain House.

Robin’s art is featured in Unit 4: Mood Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Maura Terese
Maura received a BA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography from Fordham College at Lincoln Center. She furthered her education at premier art schools including San Francisco Art Institute, California College of Art, and School of Visual Arts. Maura’s work is autobiographical, focusing on her lifelong battle with mania – illuminating the struggles and celebrating the triumphs. She executes each work in the medium best suited to its theme and subject matter. Of late she has moved from shooting photographs to conceptualizing and art directing photographs in which she often appears as a subject.

Maura’s art is featured in Unit 4: Mood Disorders on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

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Laura Anne Walker
A native New Yorker, Laura Anne began drawing at age three. Her preferred mediums are ink and graphite. Her pieces have been shown in more than 50 group exhibitions, and in a solo show of 60 works in SoHo. Laura Anne’s work has been published in a number of online and print publications, including Raw Vision and Folk Art Messenger. A graduate of both Cornell University and the Bank Street College of Education, Laura Anne is a permanently certified, permanently licensed former teacher. She is currently a Crisis Intervention Team panelist, serving as a liaison between the police and people who are experiencing emotional distress. Says Laura Anne, “For any awards or honors I have received, I thank my muses – the cats that have graced my life.”

Laura’s art is featured in Unit 14: Personality Disorders and Related Traits on the Global Mental Health Academy online training platform.

Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health, formerly the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program, is a center that runs numerous advocacy, research, and training initiatives in global mental health. This center is directed by Dr. Kathleen M. Pike.

The following programs are managed by the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health:

Research

Advocacy

Training

 

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health is supported by an International Advisory Board and Young Professionals Board which contribute philanthropically and programmatically to the center.

To learn more about the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health, please contact: [email protected]

Council for Global Mental Health Research

In February 2019, the Columbia Global Mental Health Programs launched the Council for the Advancement of Global Mental Health Research to support the next generation of mental health researchers around the world who are working to develop new strategies of mental health services and to expand treatment.

The Council is assembled of engaged mental health ambassadors invited from various professions, skill sets, and world-wide locations. Council members charitably support the Council Grants Program, which funds new investigators and new ideas in global mental health research with one-year pilot grants. The first cohort of Council Grants Program recipients began their projects in Fall 2019, and 12 projects have been funded thus far. More information about the Council Grants Program can be found here.

To learn more about the Council or express interest in joining the Council, please email [email protected]

2022 Council for the Advancement of Global Mental Health Research Members

*Denotes membership through the Young Professionals Board

  • Lisa Acker
  • Brandon Allen
  • Spenser Allen
  • Laura Athey
  • Brianna Bailey*
  • Alison Baker
  • Michaella Baker*
  • Martha Barry
  • Estelle Bender
  • Larkin Bernardi*
  • Alicia Bollesen
  • Dr. Zachary Burton*
  • Janel Callon
  • Lorraine Carlson
  • Dr. Robert Connolly
  • Kathie and Peter Davis
  • Laurie DelBene
  • Trish Dunne
  • Mary Edlow
  • Kathleen Feeney
  • Dr. Robert Feldman
  • Kurt Fendler
  • Dr. Tyler Ferris
  • Linda Filardi
  • Jesse Finkelstein*
  • Joel Finkelstein
  • Dr. Michael Franczak and Ms. Christy Dye
  • Mary Ellen Gallagher
  • Dr. Charles Goldstein (Chair)
  • Alexis Gomez
  • Stephanie Guyett (Chair)
  • Kate Hackenberg*
  • Katherine Hall
  • Jennifer Halloran
  • Thom Hamill & Rebecca Hand
  • Jane Miller Henderson
  • Tina Henderson
  • Will Henderson*
  • Karen and Eric Hillenbrand
  • Bonna Horovitz
  • Darcey Huish
  • Jane Hunsaker
  • Mara James
  • Mary T. Johnson
  • Tarun Jotwani
  • D’Anna Keinan
  • Pamela Keld
  • Lea Kassa*
  • Emily Kelkar*
  • Neha Kinariwalla*
  • Edith and Sergey Koyfman
  • Jillian Kuhn*
  • Nikki Levine*
  • Gwen Li
  • Anne-Lindsay Makepeace
  • Mary Marsh
  • Liza Magill*
  • Brady Miller*
  • Bruce Miller
  • Jere Miller (Chair)
  • McKenzie Miller
  • Rebecca Miller
  • Azam and Halley Mistry
  • Lorraine Monick
  • Alice and Jeffrey Morris
  • Josh Mozell
  • Shelly Nemirovsky
  • Liam O'Mara*
  • Conor O’Neill*
  • Ohemaa Poku*
  • Enid Prasad
  • Elizabeth Ramsdell Matte
  • Debra Rahn-Oakes
  • Celeste Rault
  • Kim Reichig
  • Linda Rosenberg
  • Zoe Ross-Nash*
  • Michele Sanford
  • Colleen Scibetta
  • Linsey Scorsby*
  • Linda Semlitz
  • Zoe Siegel*
  • Michal Small
  • Mingyuan Song
  • Debbie Sorkin
  • Linda Spinner
  • Lisa Springer
  • Lesa Stevenson
  • Jenna Watson*
  • Lara Watson*
  • Alana Weinstein*
  • Hilary Wendel
  • Brad Wiener
  • Deidre Wiener
  • Claire Wolstencroft
  • Kyle Wolstencroft
  • Jared Worwood
  • Leanne Worwood
  • Pamela Yurosko
  • Dr. Brooke Ziegelbaum*
  • Chelsea Ziegelbaum*
  • Anonymous (3)

Council Luncheon 2022

The fourth annual Council Luncheon and Meeting was held on April 25, 2022, in a hybrid format where Council Members, Grant Recipients, and Faculty gathered at Columbia University and virtually. The 2021-2022 Council Grant Recipients Dr. Annika Sweetland, Christina Mehranbod, Dr. Rogério Mulumba, and Dr. Jennifer Mootz presented on the impactful nature of their work in Mozambique and Armenia. Matt Kudish, Executive Director of NAMI-NYC, and Dr. Mark van Ommeren, Head of the Mental Health Unit at the World Health Organization Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, engaged in a dynamic discussion around mental health in the context of emergencies, both within the US and around the world. Innovative, Council-supported projects truly make a difference in improving mental health worldwide.

Please see below for a recording of the meeting.

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Council Meeting 2021

The third annual Council Meeting was held on February 24, 2021, in a virtual format, bringing together Council Members and Grant Recipients from across the country and all over the world. The 2020-2021 Council Grant Recipients Dr. Ali Giusto, Dr. Lola Kola, Dr. Maria Elena Medina Mora, and Dr. Sandrine Müller, shared updates on their innovative research projects impacting communities worldwide. Dr. Kelli Harding, Columbia psychiatrist and author, joined as a special guest to share the importance of translating social science into meaningful practice. We are immensely grateful for all Council Members for supporting and launching the next generation of thought leaders and researchers.

Please see below for a recording of the meeting.

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Council Luncheon 2020

The second annual Council Luncheon was held on February 24, 2020 at Teachers College, Columbia University. The first four grantees funded by Council contributions shared short overviews of their research in the Philippines, Ethiopia, Chile, and among immigrant communities in New York City. These grantees shared details about their interest in global mental health and the impact of their grants, even from small seed funding. After lunch, Columbia global mental health faculty member Dr. Geoffrey Reed and director Sam Feder explained the power of global mental health research to shape advocacy at the intersection of gender and mental health. Dr. Geoffrey Reed presented on his research, funded by small grants similar to the Council funding, that was used to shift gender incongruence out of the Mental, Behavioral, and Neurological Disorders chapter of the ICD-11. Sam Feder followed by showing clips of his film Disclosure, which recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival and showcases the depiction of transgender individuals in Hollywood. Sam and his partner on the film, Amy Scholder, were given the Arts & Advocacy Award from the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health for their use of the arts as a tool for advocacy to fight for the health and mental well-being of all people.

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Council Luncheon 2019

The first annual Council Luncheon brought together Columbia faculty, young investigators, and Council members for a day of learning about the impact of small grants on research. Dr. Rebecca Robles, Dr. Kate Lovero, and Franco Mascayano, all young investigators who have received funding support from Columbia University, spoke on a panel with Dr. Kathleen Pike about the impact of small grant funding on their careers and the future of global mental health.

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Health and Aging Policy Fellows

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program has a broad interdisciplinary focus and aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health care of older adults. The Program offers (1) a residential track that includes a nine-to-twelve-month placement in Washington, D.C. or at a state agency (as a legislative assistant in Congress, a professional staff member in an executive branch agency or in a policy organization); and (2) a non-residential track that includes a health policy project and brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites. Non-residential fellows may focus their policy project at a community, state, federal or global level. The fellowship program is now offering dedicated slots with a special focus on community, global and behavioral health.

Fellows are selected based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. Applicants from groups that historically have been underrepresented are strongly encouraged to apply at the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship website.

Collaboration Aims

HAP Fellows provide high profile contributions to policy and legislation during the fellowship. Post-fellowship, many engage in joint projects (funded through opportunity grants) and become actively involved in health policy at national and local levels. These activities have a sustained impact on the program, and our growing and very dynamic alumni network is pursuing important future initiatives in a rapidly changing health and aging policy environment to benefit the lives of older Americans.

For further information on these activities, please contact: Kathleen M. Pike, PhD ([email protected])

Mental Health and Work Design Lab

The Mental Health and Work Design Lab is led by Dr. Kathleen M. Pike who directs various initiatives to provide thought leadership, content expertise, and strategic guidance on advancing mental health at work. 

Common mental health challenges in the workplace include burnout, increased absenteeism, depressed mood, and anxiety–with up to 76% of the workforce reporting at least one mental health concern in the past year. A 2021 survey found that 80% of employers reported concern about their employees’ mental health. It is no wonder that business leaders are mobilizing resources to address mental health in the workplace.

The good news is there are many things organizations can do to address and enhance employee mental health and well-being. The data are clear: supporting mental health is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. Our lab distinguishes itself by having the scientific rigor and capacity to collect data, conduct research, and translate science into useful practice in a wide range of workplace settings.

The Mental Health and Work Design Lab has a long history of collaborating closely with a wide range of organizations – both non-profit and for-profit, around the world – to address mental health at work. We have partnered on targeted research reports, analytics models, survey instruments, and training programs, moving swiftly from knowledge to action. The Mental Health and Work Design Lab streamlines the process of working with Columbia’s world-renowned researchers to produce customized, timely, on-budget findings and solutions.

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Join us, collaborate with us, co-create with us — today.

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For further information on the Mental Health and Work Design Lab, please contact our team at [email protected]

National Endowment for the Arts Collaboration

We believe in the power of the arts to illuminate the lived experience of mental illness, to validate the challenges of caring for and loving those who do, and to break through the shame and stigma that too often prevent those suffering from speaking out and getting the help they deserve. We are proud to maintain close working relationships with many creative professionals who use their artistry to advance these aims.

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health partners with the National Endowment for the Arts to support artists who work to promote mental health advocacy and develop initiatives to reduce mental health stigma through the arts.

In 2018-2019, the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health sponsored two Artists in Residence who brought an array of programming initiatives to Columbia:

Yasmine Van Wilt, PhD

Dr. Yasmine Van Wilt is an award-winning singer-songwriter, dramatist, producer and academic whose work advocates for mental health and sustainability. Yasmine holds a PhD in Creative Writing. She is a Mellon Fellow, an Ambassador to the Campaign to Change Direction and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Her songs have reached Top 40 radio and iTunes charts in the UK and the US and have been released by major record labels including Big Machine. Her dramatic works have been staged in collaboration with national theaters, Off-West End and West End venues and her scripts are published by presses including Oberon Books. She has performed for and in association with the UN, the WHO, Kulturkraft and the EU. Yasmine is a producer on Emmy-winner Charles Stuart’s forthcoming documentary feature Into The Light; her next EP, “If You Want,” featuring the multi-platinum Bellamy Brothers will be released globally by Kobalt on June 23rd, 2017. As Artist-in-Residence to the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program, Yasmine will create both critical and creative works that interrogate, theorize, and humanize emotional suffering. She will arrange workshops, screenings, performances and academic events on campus and beyond that raise awareness of the work of the CUGMHP.

Sandra Luckow, MFA

Sandra is an internationally renowned award-winning filmmaker and educator. She teaches filmmaking at Yale University School of Art where she co-authored the curriculum for the filmmaking concentration. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her MFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film. She specializes in teaching documentary and how to work with actors for authentic on-camera performances in fiction film. She has worked for icons in the filmmaking industry such as Frances Coppola, Bonnie Timmerman, and Paul Schrader. She has produced, directed and shot documentaries around the world and exhibited on TV and in cinemas nationally and internationally including “That Way Madness Lies…” an unprecedented look at untreated and severe mental illness and the broken mental health system. She is an active member of the Director’s Guild of America, The International Documentary Association and New York Women in Film and Television.

University Seminars on Global Mental Health

The Columbia University Seminar Series on Global Mental Health aims to facilitate professional collaborations and host programs that address and advance the scientific, policy, and practical aspects of making mental health a core component of the global health agenda.

Founded in 2012 by Dr. Kathleen Pike, the monthly seminars have hosted thousands of students, faculty, and community members to engage in thoughtful learning and networking.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Ohemaa Poku, Director of Global Practica & Internships and Head of Health Equity Initatives, led and facilitated the University Seminar Series. Throughout the year, Seminar discussions centered on ways to incorporate an intersectional, anti-racist, and equity lens into global mental health research, practice, and capacity building.

Dr. Claire Greene and Dr. Kate Lovero began serving as the faculty co-chairs of the University Seminar Series during the 2021-2022 academic year, continuing and growing its mission of bringing together diverse scholars and community leaders for dynamic discourse that advances initiatives in global mental health.

A complete archive of our University Seminars in Global Mental Health since 2012 is below.

All upcoming University Seminars can be viewed on the Calendar page.

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University Seminars in Global Mental Health
Complete Archive 2012-present

Competency of Non-Specialists in Global Mental Health: An Introduction to the WHO/UNICEF Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support (EQUIP) Platform (April 26, 2022; view recording)

Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor in Global Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Global Health and Anthropology
Director, Division of Global Mental Health
George Washington University

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Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing the Collaborative Care Model in Vietnam and Nepal (March 29, 2022; view recording)

Bibhav Acharya, MD
Associate Professor at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, UCSF Psychiatry HEAL Fellowship in Global Mental Health
Co-founder, Possible
Victoria Ngo, PhD
Associate Professor at The City University of New York (CUNY) Department of Community Health and Social Sciences
Director, Center for Innovation in Mental Health
Director, Global Mental Health, Center for Immigrant, Refugee, and Global Health
Adjunct Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

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Shamiri: A Simple, Scalable, and Stigma-Free Mental Health Intervention for Adolescents in Kenya (January 25, 2022; view recording)

Tom Osborn
Co-founder and CEO, Shamiri Institute
AB, Psychology, Harvard University
Katherine Venturo-Conerly
Co-founder and Scientific Director, Shamiri Institute
PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Harvard University
Rosine Baseke
Research Associate, Shamiri Institute
Master of International Relations, United States International University-Africa
Moderator: Claude Ann Mellins, PhD
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Sociomedical Sciences and Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Center

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Climate Change and Global Mental Health (December 7, 2021; view recording)

Christy A. Denckla, PhD
Assistant Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Kyle X. Hill, PhD, MPH
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa / Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate / Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota
Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Julian Eaton, MD, MRCPsych
Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Mental Health Director at CBM Global
Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD
Founding Dean of the School of Arctic and Subartic Studies, Labrador Institute of Memorial University
Jura Augustinavicius, PhD
Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, McGill University

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Task-Shifting for Maternal Mental Health in Low Resource Settings: Challenges & Opportunities (October 26, 2021; view recording)

Siham Sikander, PhD
Associate Professor at Health Services Academy Islamabad, Pakistan, and University of Liverpool, UK
Moderator: Lisa Bates, ScD
Vice Chair for Education and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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Social Determinants of Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Interventions (September 28, 2021; view recording)

Crick Lund, PhD
Professor of Global Mental Health and Development at King’s College London, UK
Moderator: Kathleen J. Sikkema, PhD
Stephen Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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Advancing Identification and Treatment for Individuals with Early Psychosis in Chile (May 10, 2021)

Franco Mascayano
Doctoral Candidate at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and New York State Psychiatric Institute
Cristian Montenegro, BA, PhD
Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and New York State Psychiatric Institute
Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH
Edna L. Edison Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

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Effectiveness of the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) in Treating Unhealthy Alcohol Use and Comorbid Mental Health Problems Among People Living with HIV in Zambia: The ZCAP Trial (April 28, 2021)

Anjali Sharma, ScD
Senior Research Technical Advisor and ZCAP Site Principal Investigator at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
Tukiya Kanguya, MSc
Research Coordinator and ZCAP Study Director at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research In Zambia (CIDRZ)
Chipo Chitambi
Data Coordinator and ZCAP Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
Jeremy Kane, PhD
Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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The Importance of Representation in Mental Health Care for Adolescents Living with HIV (February 16, 2021)

Merrian Brooks, DO, MS
Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Adversity, Resilience and Protective Processes in Child and Adolescent Mental health: Examples from Sierra Leone and Rwanda (December 7, 2020)

Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA
Salem Professor in Global Practice
Director, Research Program on Children and Adversity at Boston College School of Social Work
Alethea Desrosiers, PhD
Research Assistant Professor in Global Practice at Boston College School of Social Work

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Mental Health Equity from Local Engagement to Global Dissemination (October 16, 2020)

Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA
Co-Director, Columbia University Wellness Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Global Mental Health and Stigma: Advancing Science by Reaching the Most Vulnerable Populations (September 15, 2020)

Lawrence Yang, PhD
Associate Professor in Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Global Public Health, New York University

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CAMINANDO: Assessing Pre, Peri, and Post-migration Risks for Mental Health Problems in Adolescent Latinos Migrating to NYC without their Parents (January 27, 2020)

Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, MD, ScM
Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Pediatrics (Oncology) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Roberto Lewis Fernandez, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director of the New York State (NYS) Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program


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The Mental Health Crisis in Mexico (December 9, 2019)

María Elena Medina-Mora, PhD
Founder of Center for Global Mental Health Research
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Heath at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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Mothers’ Childhoods and the Intergenerational Transmission of Mental Health Risk in the Context of Adversity (November 4, 2019)

Pamela Scorza, PhD
Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University

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Implementation Science Backwards: How to Evaluate and Improve Psychosocial Interventions in Humanitarian Settings (October 7, 2019)

Sabrina Hermosilla, PhD
Investigative Researcher at University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

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Every 40 Seconds: A Global Perspective on Suicide Prevention (April 15, 2019)

Tahilia Rebello, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center
Research Program Manager, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University
Project Coordinator, Global Field Studies for ICD-11 Mental, Behavioural, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, World Health Organization

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Improving the Community-Based Registry and Treatment System for Persons with Severe Mental Illnesses in China (February 4, 2019)

Michael Phillips, MD
Director, Suicide Research and Prevention Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Executive Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University


*******2018*******

Building Global Research Capacity: Ethiopa Case Study (December 10, 2018)

Christina P.C. Borba, PhD, MPH
Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry
Director of the Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine

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Research Methods in Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Response (November 26, 2018)

Brian Tomaszewski, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Centre for Disaster Management and Mitigation at the Vellore Institute of Technology, India
Associate Professor, Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA

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E-Mental Health to Improve Access to Specialized Services (October 15, 2018)

Graciela Rojas, MD
University of Chile and JW Goeth University in Frankfurt, Germany

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Expanding Youth Mental Health Care Access in LMICs: Lessons from a School-Based Study in Haiti (April 16, 2018)

Anne Becker, MD, PhD, SM
Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School

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The Soldier Must be Buried: Experiences of Appetitive Aggression, Avoidance, and Ways of Belonging among Former Forcibly Recruited Children and Youth (April 2, 2018)

Helle Harnisch, PhD
PhD Fellow at Aarhus University, Department of Education and Danish Institute Against Torture

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Violence, Mental Health and Early Childhood Development in Brazil: Initial Findings from a Collaborative Study (March 26, 2018)

Silvia Martins, PhD
Co-Director, NIDA T32 Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program
Faculty member of the Psych-Neuro cluster of the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Community Interventions in Low/Middle Income Countries (March 12, 2018)

Cady Carlson, PhD
Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama School of Social Work

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The Psychology of Healthcare Decision Making  (or How and Why We Fail to Do What the Data Tell Us?) (February 12, 2018)

Sara Gorman, PhD
Public health and behavioral science expert and author of Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore Facts That Will Save Us

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Global Mental Health Meets Neuroscience: Synergy and Opportunity (January 29, 2018)

Dan J. Stein, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit on Anxiety Disorders, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York.


*******2017*******

Fountain House: Improving the Health of People with Serious Mental Illness: The Case for Community (November 24, 2017)

Ralph Aquila, MD
Medical Director at Fountain House
James Knickman, PhD
Director of Health Evaluation and Analytics Program (HEAP) at NYU Wagner School of Public Service

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Child Psychiatry in a Least Developing Country: The Only Child Psychiatrist in Nepal Shares his Experience (November 13, 2017)

Arun Raj Kunwar, MD
Chief Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kanti Children’s Hospital

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Community Mental Health: Politics, Policy and Practice in NYC: 1979-2017 (October 16, 2017)

Ellen Baxter
Founder and Executive Director
Broadway Housing Communities

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Future Directions of the Canada Grand Challenges TEAM Grant (September 25, 2017)

David Ndetei, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi
Founding Director of the Africa Mental Health Foundation
Victoria Mutiso, PhD
Director of Research, Administration and Finance
Africa Mental Health Foundation

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Implications of Theories of Etiology and Implications for Stigma: Does the Medical Model Really Reduce Stigma for Mental Illness? (April 17, 2017)

Matt Lebowitz
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University

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Psychosocial Support for War-Affected Children and Challenges to Mental Health Systems: A View from Ukraine (March 27, 2017)

Mike Wessells, PhD
Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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Dementia and Global Neurology (February 27, 2017)

Hiral Shah, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Division of Multispecialty Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center


*******2016*******

Faith Healers and Western Medicine in Global Mental Health: Points of Conflict and Consensus (December 5, 2016)

Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH
Director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program
Co-Founder of Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University
Megan Campbell, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Mental Health Impacts of Global Climate Change: Beyond a Disaster Framework (November 14, 2016)

Thomas Doherty, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
Faculty in the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis and Clark Graduate School
Past President of APA Div 34, Society for Environment, Population and Conservation Psychology

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Applications of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 (October 24, 2016)

Harvey Whiteford, PhD
Professor of Population Mental Health
University of Queensland School of Public Health, Australia
Holly Erskine, PhD
Research Fellow with the Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Group (PEABOD) at the University of Queensland School of Public Health, Australia

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Mental Health and the Economic Crisis in Europe: What Changed? Who Changed? (May 2, 2016)

Kai Ruggeri, PhD
Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at University of Cambridge

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OSITA: Outreach, Screening, and Intervention for Trauma for Internally Displaced Women Residing in Bogota, Colombia (March 7, 2016)

James Shultz, MS, PhD
Directer, Center for Disease and Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP Center)
Senior Fellow, Comprehensive Drug Research Center (CDRC)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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24 and Ready to Die: The Ethics of Physician Aid in Dying and Mental Illness (February 9, 2016)

Tia Powell, MD
Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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What We Can Learn from the Asylum: A Documentary Quest (January 25, 2016)

Lucy Winer
Filmmaker, Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental


*******2015*******

Developing Apps to Transform Mental Health Care Globally (December 14, 2015)

Reuben N. Robbins, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University

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Global Mental Health Priorities and Opportunities (November 9, 2015)

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Capacity Building in Mental Health at Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry

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Neurological disorders in resource-limited settings: esoteric or overlooked? (April 27, 2015)

Ana-Claire L. Meyer, MD, MSHS
Assistant Professor of Neurology at Yale Medical School

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Global Mental Health and Poverty: Points of Intersection and Influence (March 9, 2015)

Claude A. Mellins, PhD
Professor of Medical Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University; Research Scientist and Co-Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies
Fred Ssewamala, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work and International Affairs at Columbia School of Social Work; & Director of Columbia University International Center for Child Health and Asset Development
Mary McKay, BSW, MSW, PhD
McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies & Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU School of Social Work

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A Global Perspective on Diagnostic Classification and Clinical Practice for Eating Disorders (Feb 23, 2015)

Robyn Sysko, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


*******2014*******

OSITA: Stepped-Care Program for Internally Displaced Women (IDWs) in Bogota, Colombia (November 10, 2014)

Yuval Neria, PhD
Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University in the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of the Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)
Liat Helpman, PhD
T32 fellow with the Global Mental Health Programs at Columbia

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Assessing the full value of interventions for improving mental health: a conceptual framework (October 6, 2014)

Chris Desmond, MCom, PhD
Chief research specialist in the HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) research program in the Human and Social Development Department (HSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa

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How does social change influence mental disorders and mental health services in rural China? (September 29, 2014)

Mao-Sheng Ran, B.Med, M.Med, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of the MSocSci (mental health) Programme in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong

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Sexual Health and Sexual Disorders: The Science and Implications of Changing Diagnoses in the ICD (May 12, 2014)

Richard Krueger, MD
Medical Director, Sexual Behavior Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

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Questions from Inside: A Critical View of Global Mental Health (April 21, 2014)

Alex Cohen, PhD
Course Director, Global Mental Health MSc Program & Senior Lecturer,
Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Engaging a Network of Partners to Move Mental Health Forward in Low-Income Communities: A Close-up View of Burundi (January 27, 2014)

Sonali (Allie) Sharma, MD, MSc
Deputy Director, Department of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Lincoln Hospital (South Bronx)
President & Co-Chair, Advisory Committee, Society for Emotional Well-being Worldwide (SEWW)


*******2013*******

The Development of Effective Treatments to Address Interpersonal Violence in the Congo (December 9, 2013)

Judith Bass, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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The Global Burden of Disease Study: A Close-up on Mental Health (November 4, 2013)

Theo Vos, MD, PhD
Professor of Global Health, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at University of Washington

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Engaging the Arts to Advocate for Individuals with Mental Illness (October 16, 2013)

Robin Hammond
Award-winning freelance photojournalist dedicated to documenting human rights and development issues around the world

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The Global Mental Health Seminar ICD-11 Scientific Advisory Conference (April 10 – April 12, 2013)

Leadership Team:
Kathleen M. Pike, PhD: Executive Director and Scientific Co-Director, Columbia Global Mental Health Program, Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Michael First, MD: Technical and Editorial Consultant on the WHO’s ICD-11 revision and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (CUMC).
Sandro Galea, MD, GMHP Scientific Co-Director; Chair, Department of Epidemiology(MSPH)
Oye Gureje, MD: Professor, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; Member (PI) of the WHO’s mental Health Research Mapping Project Group & the Global Forum for Health Research
Maria Elena Medina Mora, PhD: General Director of the National Institute of Psychiatry de la Fuente Muniz in Mexico and Chief Director of Epidemiological and Social Research at the National Institute of Psychiatry
Harold A. Pincus, MD: GMHP Scientific Co-Director; Vice-Chair Department of Psychiatry (CUMC) and Co-Director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia
Geoffrey Reed, PhD: Senior Project Officer of the WHO’s Revision of ICD-11 Mental Health and Behavior
Pratap Sharan, MD: Professor Psychiatry at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences; President of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Ezra Susser, MD: GMHP Scientific Co-Director; Professor of Epidemiology (MSPH) and Psychiatry (CUMC)

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The Next Generation of Community Based Health Systems in the US: Insights from Global Low-resource Settings (January 30, 2013)

Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD
Director of Systems Design, Earth Institute’s Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development
Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


*******2012*******

So…What’s the Big Deal About “Global Mental Health?”: Design, Knowledge, & Mental Capital (November 20, 2012)

Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Director, Program in Global Mental Health
New York University School of Medicine
Senior Director for Psychiatry, NYC Health & Hospital Corporation

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The Social Determinants of Psychosis: An African Journey in Social Epidemiology (October 24, 2012)

Jonathan Burns, MD, PhD
Professor & Head of the Department of Psychiatry
Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine (NRMSM), University of KwaZulu-Natal
Academic Leader of Research for the NRMSM, South Africa

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Global Mental Health: Directions at NIMH (October 3, 2012)

Pamela Collins, MD, MPH
Director, Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health
Director, Office of Rural Mental Health Research, NIMH/NIH

 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Mental Health

Columbia University’s World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health (Columbia WHO CC), formerly the Columbia Global Mental Health Program, is based in Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kathleen M. Pike serves as the Director of the Columbia WHO Collaborating Centre.

The Columbia WHO CC supports WHO’s mission to reduce the burden associated with mental health and substance use disorders and promote mental health worldwide through the following ways:

  1. To support WHO in advancing its research aimed at enhancing the identification, classification and treatment of mental disorders worldwide by providing scientific and technical support for research development, data infrastructure, and dissemination of research findings.
  2. At the request of WHO, develop training resources and materials on prevention, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health and behavioural disorders across a range of settings and contexts.

Staff at the Columbia WHO CC and its affiliates deliver postgraduate educational programs that prepare clinicians and researchers to advance the field of global mental health, develop training programs that build capacity for research and clinical care in low- and middle-income countries, conduct basic and applied research with global relevance, advance community awareness and understanding of mental illness, and advocate for human rights of people with mental illness.

 

 

ICD-11 Development, Training, and Implementation

The Columbia WHO CC has been a leader in advancing the development and implementation of the Mental, Behavioural or Neurodevelopmental Disorders chapter of the 11th edition of the International Classification of Disease (ICD-11). Dr. Geoffrey Reed leads the activities related to ICD-11 development, implementation, and training, working with Dr. Kathleen Pike and Dr. Tahilia Rebello. Other members of the global mental health community at Columbia serve as research collaborators along with a network of clinical researchers and institutions from around the globe.

Background and Research Strategies

A clinically useful and culturally informed system of diagnosis is essential to advance mental health globally. Without a common lexicon, stakeholders cannot accurately describe clinical disorders, document effective interventions, or report public health data. During the development of the ICD-11, the Columbia WHO CC collaborated in the design and implementation of global field studies to test and evaluate the clinical utility, reliability, validity, and global applicability of the ICD-11 Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Requirements (CDDR) for Mental, Behavioural or Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The Columbia WHO CC also served as the Data Coordinating Center for the ICD-11 field studies.

Over the course of a decade, field studies were conducted through the Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN), an online network of more than 16,000 mental health practitioners representing more than 160 countries that is hosted by the Columbia WHO CC. GCPN members participated in field studies to assess the accuracy, consistency, and clinical utility of ICD-11 diagnostic guidelines. Each study was conducted in at least three and as many as six languages. As a result of this collaboration, GCPN has grown to become the largest, most international, multilingual, and multidisciplinary practice-based research network ever established.

Clinic-based studies were conducted through the network of collaborating International Field Study Centers (IFSC) appointed by WHO. Located in 14 countries around the world, representing all WHO global regions, the IFSCs participated in field studies to evaluate the ICD-11 with real patients in the types of clinical settings in which the diagnostic requirements are intended to be applied. All IFSC studies were conducted in the local language of that country, in a wide range of cultural contexts.

ICD-11 Trainings

After a decade-long scientifically rigorous development process, the ICD-11 was approved by the World Health Assembly in May 2019 and went into effect on January 1, 2022.

With the release of the ICD-11, including the Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Requirements (CDDR) for Mental, Behavioural and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, mental health professionals must become familiar with changes introduced in the diagnostic system. The Columbia WHO CC has been active in the development of mechanisms for disseminating information about the key changes and how to implement them in clinical practice in an effective, clear, and widespread manner.

More specifically, the Columbia WHO CC is leading the development of a systematic web-based online training program aimed at providing clinicians with the knowledge and competencies required to effectively implement the ICD-11. Training units are currently being piloted and refined based on feedback from members of WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network. Once finalized, the online training course will be made available to clinicians around the world.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health Treatment and Mental Health Professionals

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbia WHO CC initiated an additional large-scale research study and engaged with the Global Clinical Practice Network to examine the long-term impacts of the global public health emergency on mental health professionals worldwide. With a grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the team is conducting three waves of global data collection in six languages with a focus on the impact of the pandemic on the well-being of mental health professionals, as well as the impact on mental health treatment delivery. By identifying the nuanced changes in mental health services and practitioner wellbeing during the pandemic, this research will inform the development of future infrastructure and interventions that can more appropriately support mental health professionals and individuals receiving mental health care.