Kathleen Pike is on faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Psychology at Columbia University where she serves as Executive Director and Scientific Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Pike works globally examining risk factors for mental illness and has lead diverse initiatives to reduce stigma associated with mental disorder as well as clinical training and education to expand capacity in evidence supported psychotherapy for mental disorders.
Dr. Pike has held academic and administrative university appointments in both the United States and Japan and is recognized internationally for her work in the area of eating disorders. Dr. Pike has conducted pioneering work in the area of risk factors for eating disorders and she developed a widely disseminated treatment program for anorexia nervosa that has demonstrated effectiveness in multiple clinical studies. Dr. Pike actively consults to programs around the world on the implementation of evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and has received awards for her clinical service and teaching. She recently served as consultant to the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 task force on cultural factors associated with the clinical presentation and risk factors of eating disorders. She also serves on the Feeding and Eating Disorders Working Group for the World Health Organization revision of the International Classification of Diseases.
Dr. Pike earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Johns Hopkins University and her doctoral degree at Yale University. Upon completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, Kathy joined the faculty at Columbia University in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology where she also served as Clinical Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Research Unit. During her tenure in Japan, Kathy lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan where she served as Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research at Temple University in Japan and Visiting Professor at Keio University. She has published extensively and has maintained an ongoing research program supported by grants and awards from NIH, NIMH, Fulbright Foundation, McArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Japanese Ministry of Education, Japan Society and other private foundations.
Dr. Pike served as co-chair of training and education for the Academy for Eating Disorders and is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society. She currently serves on the editorial board for three journals in the field of eating disorders and is on the Board of Directors for the World Federation for Mental Health. She is the founding chair of the US-TELL Foundation and for over a decade she served as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for TELL in Japan, the only accredited mental health center dedicated to serving the needs of the international community in Japan. She also served as vice chair of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation Board of Directors, launching the first residential liberal arts college for women in Bangladesh that draws students from across South and Southeast Asia.