Global Psychiatry

Inspired by the life work of our founder, Dr. Chester M. Pierce, we seek quiet excellence and undying commitment in medical service to the international community.


HendersonDirector, Dr. David C. Henderson
Dr. David C. Henderson is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He was appointed Director of the Chester M. Pierce Division of Global Psychiatry in July 2006. He is also at the Director of the MGH Schizophrenia Diabetes and Weight Reduction Research Program, Director of the Clozapine Program at the Freedom Trail Clinic, and Associate Director of the MGH Schizophrenia Program. He serves as the Medical Director for the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma at MGH.

Dr. Henderson’s main research interest is psychopharmacological and antipsychotic agents in the treatment of schizophrenia, impacts of antipsychotic agents on metabolic anomalies and glucose metabolism, and ethnic and cultural impacts on psychiatry. He also studies the impact of trauma in areas of mass violence and develops programs to assist vulnerable populations. He has worked in Rwanda, Cambodia, East Timor, Bosnia, Peru, New Orleans, Haiti, and New York City.

Dr. Henderson has published numerous journal articles in the Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry. He is editor of the International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on schizophrenia, treatment-resistant schizophrenia, metabolic disorders and schizophrenia, psychopharmacology, ethnopsychopharmacology, trauma, and cultural psychiatry. Dr. Henderson received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, completed his residency at MGH and trained as Chief Resident and Research Fellow of the Freedom Trail Clinic at the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center in Boston.

Dr. Gregory FricchioneGregory L. Fricchione, MD
Dr. Gregory Fricchione is Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

From 1993 to 2000, Dr. Fricchione worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Director of the Medical Psychiatry Service. From 1998 to 2000 he also served as Director of Research at the Mind/Body Medical Institute. He later joined the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he directed the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships in Mental Health Journalism and worked with Mrs. Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter on public and international mental health issues and policy. In July 2002 he returned to Harvard Medical School and to MGH.

Besides his clinical experience in general hospital psychiatry, Dr. Fricchione is committed to education having taught at the medical schools of New York University, SUNY - Stony Brook, the University of Auckland and Emory University in addition to Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fricchione has been an active researcher and has published over 100 journal articles since 1983. He has made important original contributions to the treatment of patients with catatonia and to the management of cardiac patients who suffer from co-morbid psychiatric conditions. He is a co-author on four books, on topics ranging from general hospital psychiatry to catatonia to the connection between depression and heart disease and to stress physiology. Dr. Fricchione is also working on a book on brain evolution and the relationship between separation and attachment and their importance for medicine and the human experience. Most recently Dr. Fricchione has been involved in research on neurobehavioral mechanisms underlying diseases that connect mind and body. He has also been a reviewer for many major medical journals.

Dr. Fricchione received his medical degree from the New York University and completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry at NYU-Bellevue and in psychosomatic medicine at MGH.

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