Faculty and Staff
Dr. David C. Henderson (Director)
Dr. Gregory L. Fricchione (Senior Scientist)
Dr. Christina P.C. Borba (Director of Research)
Dr. Edward K.S. Wang (Director of Policy and Planning)
Dr. Zeina El-Chemali (Faculty)
Dr. James Niels Rosenquist (Faculty)
Ms. Julia Carney (Program Manager)
Ms. Leah Namey Briggs (Research Manager)
Ms. Shibani Sain Rao (Senior Business Advisor)
Ms. Tara Thomas (Business Associate)
Ms. Sandra Best Bailly
Dr. David Bangsberg
Dr. Anne Becker
Dr. Myron Belfer
Dr. Eugene Beresin
Dr. Ryan Boxill
Dr. Trina Chang
Dr. Silvia Dominguez
Dr. Alicia Gavalya
Dr. Benjamin Harris
Dr. John Herman
Dr. Rocio Lopez-Diego
Dr. Richard Mollica
Dr. Dennis Norman
Dr. Steve Safren
Dr. Beverly Sealey
Dr. Mardia Stone
Dr. Nhi-Ha Trinh
Dr. Albert Yeung
David C. Henderson, MD
Dr. David C. Henderson is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He serves as Director of The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry at MGH, Director of the MGH Schizophrenia, Weigh Reduction and Glucose Metabolism Research Program, Associate Director of the MGH Schizophrenia Program and Medical Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.
Dr. Henderson’s main research interests are 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. Dr. Henderson also studies the effects of trauma in areas of mass violence and develops programs to assist vulnerable populations. He recently provided technical assistance to develop the National Mental Health Policy for the Republic of Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. He has worked internationally for the past 15 years in countries including Bosnia, Cambodia, East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, New Orleans, New York City, Peru, Rwanda and Uganda.
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 throughout the United States and internationally on schizophrenia, treatment-resistant schizophrenia, metabolic disorders and schizophrenia, psychopharmacology, ethnopsychopharmacology, trauma, and cultural psychiatry. He received the Carter Fuller Award from the American Psychiatric Association; this award is given each year in memory of the first black psychiatrist in the United States. It honors an African-American citizen "who has pioneered in an area that has significantly benefited the quality of life for black people."
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.
Gregory L. Fricchione, MD
Dr. Gregory Fricchione is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He founded the International Psychiatry Service in 2003 with Dr. Chester M. Pierce, and served as its Director until 2009. At MGH, Dr. Fricchione is currently Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine, Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Prior to joining MGH, Dr. Fricchione worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as Director of the Medical Psychiatry Service from 1993 to 2000 and as Director of Research at the Mind/Body Medical Institute from 1998 to 2000. 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. This included working in Ethiopia, where he served as a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University. Dr. Fricchione returned to Harvard Medical School and to MGH in July, 2002, where he continued much of his international work, including serving as a Visiting Professor at Addis Ababa University.
Dr. Fricchione is an active researcher and has published more than 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 of four books on topics including general hospital psychiatry, catatonia, the connection between depression and heart disease, and stress physiology. His is currently writing 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 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.
Christina Borba, PhD MPH
Director of Research
Dr. Christina Borba is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Borba earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Northeastern University, her MPH in health policy and management from Boston University, and her doctorate in behavioral sciences and health education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Dr. Borba’s interest is in mixed research methodologies. She has given several lectures on qualitative methods and has taught master level courses at Emory University on research methods and statistical analysis in the field of behavioral sciences. Dr. Borba has also served as a statistical consultant and was the qualitative data analyst for several studies while at Emory University. Additionally, she has over 10 years of experience in the management of randomized clinical trials. She spent several years dedicated to schizophrenia research, identifying and carrying out interdisciplinary approaches to improve the lives of this population.
Prior to her doctoral education, she was the recipient of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit New Investigator Award sponsored by the NIMH in 2005. Dr. Borba’s research interests include women’s mental health in resource-limited settings, specifically depression and the severely mentally ill, and the impact mental illness has on the overall health of a woman and her larger community context. As a recent graduate from her doctoral program, Dr. Borba has co-published several peer-reviewed articles and first authored two book chapters.
Edward K.S. Wang, Psy.D.
Director of Policy and Planning
Dr. Ed K.S. Wang is a clinical psychologist and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Cross Cultural Care Committee of the Program in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wang’s interest is improving mental health conditions and overall wellness of underserved communities. His work has focused on the integration of health, behavioral, social and economic health approaches; community education and early screening; prevention and intervention strategies; chronic disease management; and community advocacy. Dr. Wang also has strong interest in children’s behavioral health, health and overall well-being.
Dr. Wang regularly serves on national panels, works with technical assistance centers and training institutes, and collaborates with national and international colleagues on policy and planning initiatives. He is currently a national consultant to the National Center for Cultural Competence; the Vice President of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association; a Steering Committee member of the Eliminating Mental Health Disparities, Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, National Steward Group of the National Network to Eliminate Behavioral Health Disparities and Advisory Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network at Children’s Hospital Boston. He was on the faculty of the Training Institutes (2002-2008) and the Policy Academy of the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Child Development Center, Washington, D.C. He has been a member of the National Advisory Council, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, National Expert on Cultural Competency Measures, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the Board of Advisors of the Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, University of South Florida.
Dr. Wang has worked with the Division of Global Psychiatry since 2009, first as a member of the MGH/Harvard Liberia National Mental Health Policy Development team. He has collaborated extensively with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), and since 2007, has been a faculty of HPRT’s Mastery Certificate Program on Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery. In addition to his role in the Division of Global Psychiatry, Dr. Wang serves as Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.
Zeina El-Chemali, MD, MPH
Dr. El-Chemali is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, Director of the Neuropsychiatry Clinics and Training in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. El-Chemali has over 10 years experience as a an educator and administrative leader in neuropsychiatry, public health and global psychiatric medicine. She has been involved in building mental health education programs in Ethiopia, South Africa and the Middle East along with capacity building programs for Alzheimer’s disease and early onset dementia in Lebanon. Dr. El-Chemali’s primary research examines system issues in neuropsychiatry diseases and ways to find solutions to public health challenges in this area.
Her clinical interests include neuropsychiatry, early onset dementia, geriatrics, multi-disciplinary teaching for clinical neurosciences, patient-centered healthcare, and palliative care in neuropsychiatric diseases.
Dr. James Niels Rosenquist, MD PhD
Dr. Niels Rosenquist is currently on faculty in the psychiatry departments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rosenquist received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Michigan in field of Neuroscience, after which he joined the United States Peace Corps to serve as a health educator in Guyana, South America. He returned to the US to attend graduate school, obtaining an MD and PhD (economics) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed residency training at the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency Program in 2009. His research interests include applying social network methods in developing country settings, genetics influences on economic behavior and the interaction of new media and mental health. Much is his work is in Mbarara, Uganda.
Julia Carney, BA
Julia R. Carney is the Program Manager of The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry, where she has worked for the past two years. Ms. Carney’s current focus is to drive development of new programs, support existing efforts, and implement the vision of leadership. Ms. Carney joined the Division in 2009 to provide research and writing support for the National Mental Health Policy of Liberia and its accompanying Rapid Mental Health Needs Assessment. Ms. Carney has traveled, worked and volunteered in more than 25 countries in the developing world (12 in Africa). This includes at the GHESKIO Clinic in Port-au-Prince Haiti working an HIV/TB cost effectiveness study with the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Ms Carney has co-authored a chapter on a decade of HAART in Haiti published by Oxford University. She was a Pinnacle Scholar in Journalism with Alex S. Jones (Director of the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government) and the first prize recipient of the National Daniel Pearl Writing Award (for the slain Wall Street Journal journalist). Ms. Carney graduated from Trinity College in 2008 with a BA in history.
Leah Namey Briggs, BS
Leah Namey Briggs is the Research Manager for the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry. Ms. Namey Briggs has worked for the MGH Department of Psychiatry for over five years as a research assistant, research coordinator, and now the Division’s research manager. Ms. Namey Briggs has co-authored several manuscripts and abstracts for conference presentations in the area of schizophrenia research. She graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in psychology in 2003 and received a certificate in public health from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2010. She has extensive experience in the submission of NIH grants, research policies, and the grant management process with other local, national and international partner organizations. Ms. Namey Briggs is currently working with the University of Liberia in developing their first Contracts and Grants office.
Shibani Sain Rao, MS
Senior Business Advisor
Shibani Sain Rao is the senior business advisor to The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry. Since January 2010, she has worked to develop the Division’s strategic focus and funding plan. She also led a team of four MBA Sloan students to identify the Division’s operational goals and needs. She has more than 10 years experience in management consulting. She was a Vice President of the Monitor Group in Europe and the US, where her work primarily focused on assisting large and mid-size corporations with development growth strategies. Her clients were executive teams and boards across a broad range of industries. Ms. Rao has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Mumbai and a Masters in International Finance from the London school of economics.
Tara Thomas, MBA
Tara Thomas is a second year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, where she is a Forte and Leaders in Global Health Transformation Fellow. Ms. Thomas has worked as a business associate with the Division of Global Psychiatry since January, 2010. She played a pivotal role on a team of MBA students and management consultants that developed the Division’s strategic, operations and funding plans. Her current focus is to build the Division’s Advisory board, increase its visibility and drive funding opportunities.
Ms. Thomas has been heavily involved in the non-profit sector for many years. She has also run the MIT Sloan Board Fellows Program. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree, she worked for IBM as an Organizational Strategy and Change Consultant focused in the life sciences.
Ms. Thomas graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a dual honors concentration in Economics and Organizational Studies focusing particularly on public-private partnerships. During her time at Michigan, she participated in a variety of co-curricular activities, from founding PROVIDES, a student group dedicated to alleviating poverty in the developing world to sitting on the Dean of Students Advisory Committee. She was also actively involved in research, co-authoring two papers and presenting her research at a number of conferences including most recently, The Academy of Management in Atlanta. She spent her summers working for a number of nonprofit organizations including grassroots organizations in Ann Arbor and Bangalore, an advocacy organization in DC as well as a foundation in New York.
Sandra Best Bailly, MSW
Sandra Best Bailly has more than 15-years of health care management experience in hospital settings. She is currently Director of the Health and Wellness Project Management Office at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the largest insurer in the state. She is a seasoned health care professional committed to affordable, quality healthcare across all communities and is known for collaborative, inclusive leadership focused on coaching and developing others to achieve their full potential. Her areas of expertise are talent management and retention, resource management, program development and project management.
David Bangsberg, MD MPH
As Director of the MGH Center of Global Health, Dr. Bangsberg is a close collaborator with Division faculty. Dr. Bangsberg’s research examines HIV antiretroviral adherence in poor regions of the world. In 2006, contrary to popular opinion, Dr. Bangsberg found that HIV+ people living in sub-Saharan Africa are better able to adhere to antiretroviral therapy than their counterparts in North America. This work was deemed by the editors of The Lancet as among the most important medical findings for 2006 and was described by President Bill Clinton at the “nail in the coffin” on the debate as to whether poor people living in Africa can successfully take their HIV treatment. Dr. Bangsberg has published over 150 manuscripts and raised over 40 million dollars in funding related to the study of social, behavioral, and structural determinants of HIV treatment in vulnerable populations.
Dr. Bangsberg is an Associate Profess of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Professor of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda, where he Directs the MGH-MUST Research Collaboration. He actively mentors a number of psychiatry residents and trainees in global health.
Learn more about Dr. Bangsberg and his work: http://www.massgeneral.org/globalhealth/about/staff/
Anne Becker, MD PhD, ScM
Dr. Anne Becker’s focus in medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, and global mental health spans research, training, education and clinical expertise. She is Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a Profesor of Global Healtha nd Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and Director of Eating Dirosders Clinical and Research Program at Mass. General Hospital. Dr. Becker is currently investigating the impact of rapid social transition on behavioral risk and mental health among adolescent ethnic Fijians—a small-scale indigenous population in the Western Pacific. This work has provided novel insights into the cultural moderation of risk and phenomenology for eating pathology, suicidal ideation, and other health-risk behaviors, and augments the empirical base for effective strategies integral to global mental health care delivery.
Learn more about Dr. Becker and her work : http://ghsm.hms.harvard.edu/people/faculty/becker/
Myron L. Belfer, MD, MPA
Dr. Belfer is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, a Senior Associate in Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he also co-directs the International Mental Health Fellows program. He served as Senior Adviser for Child and Adolescent Mental Health to the WHO for five years. His research and policy leadership is in child and adolescent mental health in resource-limited and post-conflict settings.
Eugene Beresin, MD
Dr. Beresin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry, and Director of the Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at MGH. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Beresin has more than 28 years experience in post-graduate medical education with national leadership roles in training and curriculum development. He is PI of an intervention study to increase utilization of MGH community health centers in three predominantly immigrant communities. He is the recipient of the APA/NIMH Vestermark Award given annually to an outstanding educator.
Ryan Boxill, PhD, MBA
Ryan Boxill, PhD MBA is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in New York and Massachusetts. Dr. Boxill’s expertise is in the areas of evidence based healthcare for treatment refractory behavioral health patients and cultural competency in healthcare delivery. He has a PhD in Cross Cultural Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, CA. He completed his Pre-doctoral training at the Hudson River Regional Psychology Internship Program at the New York State Office of Mental Health where a major tenant of his training was geared towards preparing interns to assume leadership positions in large complex public health organizations. Dr. Boxill also completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship training at the MGH-OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. Dr. Boxill has held dual clinical appointments at McLean and Massachusetts General Hospitals with a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he has worked with organizations in areas such as health and wellness, new business model creation, finance, disaster mental health and national metal health policy planning (Republic of Liberia).
Trina Chang, MD MPH
Dr. Chang is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and was the Chief Resident of International and Community Psychiatry at MGH. She was recipient of an APA/Bristol Myers-Squibb fellowship in public psychiatry and awarded a research fellowship through the APA’s Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry to address disparities in mental health care for minorities. She is PI of a pilot study of a stress reduction intervention for depressed minorities, and a co-investigator of two projects using culturally focused psychiatric consultations for minority patients.
Silvia Domínguez, PhD, MSW
Dr. Silvia Domínguez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Human Services in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University, where she is also a Faculty Fellow at the Urban Health Research Institute, the Women’s Studies Program, and the Brudnick Center for the Study of Conflict and Violence. Dr. Dominguez specializes in areas addressing the welfare of women, children and minority populations both in the United States and abroad, with additional emphasis on sexual and gender-based violence, race relations and immigration issues. She has been recognized by the United States Census Bureau as an Ethnography expert in low-income populations, and has received citations from the National Institute of Health for her research regarding the role of violence in health disparities. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, among them, the 2009-2010 Ford Foundation Diversity Post Doctoral Fellowship; the 2007-2009 Health Disparities Fellowship, National Institute of Health; and the 2006 Urban Health Research Institute Fellowship. Dr. Dominguez provided expertise for the sexual- and gender-based violence portion of the Liberia National Mental Health Policy, and is working with the Division to develop a social work degree program at the University of Liberia. Dr. Dominguez worked as a forensic social worker for numerous years.
Alicia Gavalya, MD
Dr. Gavalya is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She attended medical school at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Facultad de Medicina. Dr. Gavalya has over 50 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. She received additional psychiatry training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and at Medfield State Hospital.
Benjamin Harris, MD
Dr. Benjamin Harris is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at A.M. Dogliotti Medical College at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia. He is the country director of the Liberia Center of Excellence Program, a collaboration between the University of Liberia and the Department tof psychiatry at Mass. General Hospital.
Dr. Harris is an accomplished clinician, researcher and educator with vast experience in post-conflict mental health. His primary areas of expertise are psychoactive substance use prevention, forensic psychiatry, HIV-AIDS related mental health, trauma and stress, and general health/mental health policy and program planning, development, implementation and supervision. He is an active teacher to medical students and interns, and has conducted numerous studies in Liberia and Africa.
Dr. Harris was the lead World Health Organization (WHO) consultant to the development of Liberia’s National Mental Health Policy, adopted by Parliament in 2009. He is a current member and former Chairman of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s Mental Health Task Force. He has been a senior advisor, consultant and close collaborator to United Nation agencies, the WHO (where he worked for a number of years) and USAID on projects throughout Africa and Europe. He was previously Director of the Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Hospital at JFK Medical Center in Monrovia. He is the former Vice President of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) and Chairman of the Liberia Chapter of the WACP.
Dr. Harris is the one practicing psychiatrist in Liberia and serves as Proprietor and Executive Director of the Special Assessment and Management Service. Dr. Harris has worked closely with members of the MGH-Harvard Liberia Work Group since 2009 on policy, research and planning efforts both in Monrovia and Boston.
John B. Herman, MD
John Herman, MD is an Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and the Distinguished Scholar for Medical Psychiatry at MGH. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Herman is the immediate past Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, overseeing the Commonwealth's 31,000 licensed physicians and the safety and quality programs of its 200 hospitals. Until 2003, for 14 years he directed the Department’s postgraduate education division, Harvard Medical School’s most successful program. Between 1991 and 2000, he was Director of Adult Psychiatry Residency Training at MGH. Dr. Herman is past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. His primary interest is in improving access to mental health care, particularly addiction treatment. He focuses his teaching efforts on helping primary care clinicians learn straightforward approaches to patients suffering psychiatric problems. He as worked with the Division of Global Psychiatry on training and education projects.
Learn more about Dr. Herman and his work: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=16691
Rocío López-Diego, MD, PhD
Dr. López-Diego focuses her professional efforts on a double front: integrative neurology and international neurology training. With the goal of neurological outcome optimization, she is developing a comprehensive neurology care model integrating standard medical practices with mind-body approaches to sustained lifestyle modifications and wellbeing as a whole. Dr. Lopez-Diego obtained her M.D. in 1995 from the School of Medicine, University of Valencia, Spain. In 2002, she received her PhD, focusing on multistep mammary tumorigenesis and retroviral insertional mutagenesis, from the Dept of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA. She completed Neurology Residency training in 2006 at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor. In 2006-2008, she carried out postdoctoral studies in human immunology as a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr Howard Weiner at the Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston. She was recently a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and Board Certified Neurologist at the Partners MS Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Richard Mollica, MD MAR
Richard F. Mollica, M.D., M.A.R. is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC). Over the past two decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture. HPRT/IPC’s clinical model has been replicated throughout the world.
Dr. Mollica has received numerous awards for his work and is the author of the newly published book Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. In 1993, he received the human rights award from the American Psychiatric Association. In 1996, the American Orthopsychiatry Association presented him with the Max Hymen Award. In 2000 he was awarded a visiting professorship to Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, for his contributions during the Kobe earthquake. In 2001 he was selected as a Fulbright New Century scholar. Under Dr. Mollica’s direction, HPRT conducts training, policy and research activities for traumatized populations around the world. HPRT’s screening instruments are considered a gold standard in the field and have been widely translated into over thirty languages. HPRT’s scientific work has helped place mental health issues at the center of the recovery of post-conflict societies.
Dr. Mollica has published over 160 scientific articles. He and his team over the past 30 years have cared for over 10,000 survivors of extreme violence worldwide. Through his research, clinical work and trainings he is recognized as a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatized people and their communities.
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Dennis Norman, EdD, ABPP
Dr. Dennis Norman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at HMS, Chief of Psychology at MGH and Faculty Chair of the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). Dr. Norman conducts, supervises and teaches field research to students at all Harvard professional schools in Native communities. He has used televideo technology to support distant learning, clinical supervision and professional support in numerous Native American communities over the last 10 years.
Steve Safren, PhD
Dr. Steven Safren is the Director of Behavioral Medicine, and is an Associate Professor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Safren is also the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Tracks of the MGH clinical psychology internship. Dr. Safren received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany (State University of New York) in 1998, and did his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Safren has over 130 professional peer-reviewed publications; and has been the PI or protocol chair of 9 NIH-funded grants. Within behavioral medicine, Dr. Safren’s primary focus is on HIV. His work on adherence to HIV has been extended internationally through collaborations with the HIV Prevention Trials Network and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. Accordingly, he is the protocol chair of HPTN 063, which is an observational cohort study of HIV-infected patients in care to take place in Zambia, Thailand, and Brazil. He has conducted several other studies in India, and has an ongoing R21 to develop and pilot test a prevention intervention for Indian men who have sex with men (MSM). Dr. Safren recently completed a term as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health’s study sections that review grants related to behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS.
Within the field of CBT, Dr. Safren’s most recent focus has been on adult ADHD. He completed one of the only randomized controlled trials of a psychosocial intervention for adults with ADHD, which was funded by the NIH, and treated individuals who have been stabilized on medications but continued to show clinically significant symptoms.
Learn more about Dr. Safren and his work: http://www2.massgeneral.org/bmed/safren.htm
Beverly Sealey, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Dr. Sealey is an Associate Professor at Simmons College in the School of Social Work. As a clinical social worker, she has worked in a number of roles, positions, and capacities such as a practitioner providing clinical services, a manager both in the public and private sectors, a consultant, researcher, and educator. Dr. Sealey’s areas of research interest include child and family policy and practice, juvenile and adult crime and justice policy and practice, cultural diversity and culturally competent practice, and issues affecting ethnic and racial minority groups.
Mardia M. Stone, MD MPH
Dr. Mardia H. Stone is a Partner of Development Management Associates (DMA), an international consulting firm engaged in international development and health systems in varying capacities. She is the Senior Advisor to the MGH-Harvard Liberia Work Group at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Senior Advisor to the Liberia Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Psychiatry.
Dr. Stone is a medical and public health expert with extensive national and international experience in executive level health policy and program analysis, design, strategic planning, development and management. She has successfully developed health systems and program strategies, and monitoring and evaluation methodologies for national and regional programs in Africa, many supported by United Nation agencies and government partners.
Dr. Stone recently served as the Senior Technical Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic of Liberia as a Yale University-Clinton Foundation Senior Fellow in Healthcare Management. From January to July 2008, she co-chaired the National Health Policy and National Health Plan Review Secretariat for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia, and from 2005-2006, chaired Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Presidential Transition Team on Health and Social Welfare.
In addition to her medical expertise, Dr. Stone is an accomplished author, broadcast journalist and artist. She received her MD from Boston University School of Medicine and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Long Island Jewish Hospital/Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York, where she served as Chief Resident. She has advised the MGH-Harvard Liberia Work Group since 2009.
Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD, MPH
Dr. Trinh is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received a Robert Wood Johnson award to study disparity in psychiatric treatment in culturally diverse populations and was awarded a research fellowship through the APA’s Program for Minority Research Training to study disparities in mental health care for minorities at MGH.
Albert Yeung, MD, ScD
Dr. Albert Yeung is Director of Primary Care Research in the Depression Clinical and Research program at MGH. His major research interests are integrating primary care and mental health services to improve treatment of depression, mental health issues of under-served populations, and the use of complementary and alternative methods in treating mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Yeung's major research interests include integrating primary care and mental health services to improve treatment of depression, mental health issues of under-served populations, and the use of complementary and alternative methods in treating mood and anxiety disorders. He received a research training award from the Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association Office of Research. In 2003, he was awarded a "Partners in Excellence Award" from Partners Health Care, Inc. for his contributions to a project on improving treatment for depressed patients in primary care. He is the recipient of a Career Development Award (2003-2008) and a RO1 Research Award, both from the National Institute of Mental Health. He has authored or co-authored over 50 original articles and book chapters, and a book on self-management of depression.
Learn more about Dr. Yeung and his work: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/ContentModules/GenericTexts/yeung_bio.aspx