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Psychiatric and neurological disorders are dominant contributors to the global burden of disability and mortality, are linked to substantial social and economic costs, and are associated with worse general health and chronic disease outcomes. The current dearth of mental health research in low to middle-income countries, and the limited human capacity to conduct rigorous, culturally-appropriate, clinically relevant studies in these areas with the highest needs, hinders the development of evidence-based policy and practice, and stunts the advancement of effective service delivery.
As communicable diseases are supplanted by non-communicable, chronic, and neurological and psychiatric diseases, the academic medicine workforce must be realigned with the emerging health priorities of the new century. The Global Psychiatric Clinical Research Training Program at Massachusetts General Hospital will prepare a cadre of researchers committed to working collaboratively across disciplines and cultures to address priority global mental health challenges through a well-defined clinical career path, rigorous training in clinical research methods, cross-cultural and public mental health competencies, and significant global mental health research experience in resource-constrained areas, conflict-affected settings and countries ravaged by poverty.
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David C. Henderson, MDDirector, The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global PsychiatryDirector, Schizophrenia Clinical and Research ProgramMedical Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Gregory Fricchione, MD Associate Chief of PsychiatryDirector, Division of Psychiatry and MedicineDirector, Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body MedicineSenior Scientist, The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global PsychiatryProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Conall O’Cleirigh, PhDAssociate Director, Behavioral Medicine ProgramAssistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical SchoolResearch Scientist, Fenway Institute
Anne E. Becker, MD, PhD, ScM Director, Adult Eating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMaude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social MedicineProfessor of Medical AnthropologyAssociate Professor of PsychiatryDirector, Social Sciences MD-PhD Program, Harvard Medical SchoolVice Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
Myron L. Belfer, MD, MPA Senior Associate in PsychiatryCo-Director, Global Mental Health Partnership Observership ProgramBoston Children’s HospitalProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Maurizio Fava, MD Director, Division of Clinical Research of the Mass General Research Institute Executive Vice Chair, Department of PsychiatryExecutive Director, Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI)Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
John Herman, MD Associate Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General HospitalAssociate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Massachusetts General HospitalProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
David Bangsberg, MD, MPH Director, Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General HospitalProfessor of Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolDirector of the International Program, Harvard University Center for AIDS ResearchProfessor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Eugene Beresin, MD, MA Executive Director, The Clay Center for Young Healthy MindsSenior Educator in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Theresa Betancourt, ScD, MADirector of Research Programs on Children and Global AdversityAssociate Professor of Global Health and Social MedicineAssociate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights Harvard School of Public Health
Robert Birnbaum, MD, PhDDirector of Continuing Professional Development, Partners HealthcareAssistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Deborah Blacker, MD, ScDDirector, Gerontology Research UnitAssistant Vice Chair of Research, Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolCo-director of the Clinical Core, Massachusetts Alzheimer Disease Research Center Co-director for Outreach, Recruitment and Education CoreProfessor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Christina P.C. Borba, PhD, MPH Director of Research, Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry, Massachusetts General HospitalAssistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Corinne Cather, PhDDirector of Psychology Services, Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General HospitalAssistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Trina Chang MD, MPH Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Lee Cohen, MDDirector, Center for Women’s Mental Health, Massachusetts General HospitalProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Felton Earls, MDProfessor Emeritus of Social MedicineProfessor of Child Psychiatry and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolProfessor Emeritus of Human Behavior and Development, Harvard School of Public Health
Oliver Freudenreich, MD Medical Director, Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General HospitalAssociate Professor of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Janina Galler, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical SchoolDirector, Barbados Nutrition Study
Byron Good, PhD Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine Professor of Medical Anthropology, Harvard Medical School
Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH Chief Academic OfficerChief of the Division of Women’s Mental HealthDirector, Clinical and Health Services Research and Education for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, Mclean HospitalProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Daphne Holt, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Arthur Kleinman, MD, MA Director, Harvard Asia CenterProfessor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard UniversityProfessor of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
Snezana Milanovic, MD Director for Metabolomics Research, CTNIDirector, Global Developmental Psychiatry, Global Psychiatry ProgramAttending, Depression Clinical and Research ProgramInstructor, Harvard Medical School
Andrew Nierenberg, MDDirector, NIMH Bipolar Trials NetworkDirector of the Bipolar Clinic and Research ProgramAssociate Director, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General HospitalProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dennis Norman, EdD, ABPP Faculty Chair, Harvard University Native American ProgramAssociate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Giuseppe Raviola, MD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolDirector of the Psychiatry Quality Program, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children’s HospitalDirector of Mental Health, Partners in Health
Joshua Roffman, MD, MSc Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH Chair and Director, Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, Massachusetts General HospitalAssociate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Naomi Simon, MD, MSc Associate Professor of PsychiatryDirector of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital
Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolDirector, Department of Psychiatry Center for DiversityDirector of Multicultural Studies and Director of Clinical Services, Depression Clinical and Research Program
Norma Ware, PhD Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Michelle A. Williams, ScDStephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public HealthChair, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public HealthDirector, Population Health Research and Health Disparities Research Programs, Harvard Catalyst
Sabine Wilhelm, PhDChief of PsychologyDirector of the Obsessive-compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders Program, Massachusetts General HospitalProfessor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Albert Yeung, MD, ScD Director of Primary Care Research, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General HospitalAssociate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolCo-Medical Director, South Cove Community Health Center
Laila Asmal, MMed, FCPsych, MBChBSenior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Cyralene Bryce, DM, MBBS Instructor in Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital BostonPsychiatry Department Head, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados
Bonginkosi Chiliza, FCPsych, MBChBSenior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University, South AfricaSenior Specialist Psychiatrist, Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa
Abebaw Fekadu, MD, PhD, MRCPsych, MSc Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Addis Ababa University, EthiopiaVisiting Senior Lecturer, King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, UK
Hetta Gouse, PhDSenior Neuropsychologist and Researcher, HIV Mental Health Research Unit, Division of Neuropsychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Charlotte Hanlon, PhDAssociate Professor and Programme Director for PhD programme in mental health epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa UniversityClinical Senior Lecturer, Centre for Global Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
John A. Joska, MBChB, MMed (psych), PhD, FC Psych (SA) Associate Professor Director, HIV Mental Health Research Unit Head, Division of Neuropsychiatry, University of Cape Town
Ashraf Kagee, PhD, MPHDistinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Sam Maling, MBChB, MMed, MPHAssociate Professor of PsychiatryDean, Faculty of MedicineMbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
Godfrey Rukundo, MBChB, MMed, PhD Senior LecturerHead of the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineMbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
Dan Stein, PhD, FRCPC, MBChB Professor of PsychiatryChair, Department of Psychiatry and Mental HealthUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa
The core curriculum, which includes didactical instruction, coursework at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and mentored research projects, will position graduates to become productive leaders in the field of global mental health and create an established collaborative research base to conduct further study. It will provide a rich environment for fellows as they refine their research questions and career paths. Global mental health is a broad, interdisciplinary field that requires diversified methodological training in quantitative and qualitative methods; an understanding of the impact of culture on the expression of and treatment strategies for mental illness; an appreciation of the nature and impact of psychosocial and other environmental factors on individual, community and society well-being; and a general knowledge of the clinical phenomenology of mental disorders in cross-cultural populations.
The program will provide fellows with a basic knowledge base in conducting psychiatric-related studies in global settings; field methods including measurement approaches and application in both clinical and community settings; and analytic methods for investigating prevention, intervention and health promotion strategies in a global, public health and resource-limited context.
The program will include study in seven thematic areas, of which fellows can then focus their research training: child-adolescent psychiatry, complex trauma/disaster psychiatry, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, mental health services research, behavioral medicine, and HIV/AIDS related mental health. These thematic areas leverage the strength of the faculty, the breadth of the NIMH, the interest of potential trainees, the available research and training opportunities at the global sites, the needs of the populations in the training environments, and the general demands of the field.
Through a learn-by-doing approach, fellows will learn how to create a project of realistic scope, map a time-line for conducting a global study, select appropriate methodologies, and understand the country and population. Fellows will be able to develop research questions that are clinically and culturally relevant to identified community and public health needs; develop and manage a global research team; conceptualize mental health policies and plans; develop and evaluate mental health systems; build productive global collaborations; work with government, NGOs and academics abroad.
Based on the potential applicant pool, the strengths of the faculty and the research needs of the field, we have structured the program for 3 years with 2 fellows (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, or a PhD candidate from an accredited school of public health, depending on quality of applicants) per year. Key components of the proposed program include:
To gain the skill sets and confidence to perform independent research, fellows will conduct an independent, mentored research project tailored to their unique career goals at one of the African sites or Barbados; in addition, they will work on secondary data analysis projects to both develop analytical and research skills, and meet authorship requirements of the program. Each site has an established research infrastructure for protocol development, IRB approval and data collection, and a proven track record for participant recruitment and study completion. Fellows will have broad access to patients, clinical samples, relevant patient databases and laboratory/equipment to support their projects. The global sites, supported by the primary training site (Mass General) will provide a rich research training environment for fellows. The history of scientific and training collaborations amongst the departments, and the available resources of the institutions, will ensure fellows rapidly immerse themselves in a research project and focus within the existing infrastructure.
The faculty’s methodological expertise is expansive, enabling fellows to conduct the following types of research: outcomes and evaluation research, testing multiple outcomes, large-scale clinical studies, drug utilization and effect of pharmaceutical and medical procedures in cross cultural populations, behavioral interventions for chronic diseases, longitudinal studies, epidemiological studies, pharmacoepidemiologic methods, and qualitative research, among others. The research activities of the participating faculty will enable trainees to engage in projects locally and globally at the interface of the thematic topics and methodological areas.
Please note: Only people who have completed their psychiatry residency, have a PhD in psychology or have a PhD from an accredited School of Public Health are eligible to apply for this fellowship.
The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry151 Merrimac Street, 4th Floor Boston, MA 02114
Please submit your fellowship application form and all required documentation as one complete PDF file using this naming convention: "last name_T32 Fellowship". Email all materials to MGHGlobalpsychiatry@partners.org.
You will be notified upon receipt of your application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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For more information, please email MGHGlobalpsychiatry@partners.org.
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