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Global Mental Health Program


Pioneering Research Initiatives -- Promoting Mental Health Reducing The Burden Of Mental Illness Worldwide

The Global Mental Health Program aims to provide a wide range of academic and practical experiences for students and professionals at varying stages of their education and career.

Mental illness represents the leading cause of disability around the globe. With this growing recognition, the pressure to do something is gaining, but if we are going to make progress, we need to build programs that have real impact. The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia is committed to conducting research that will guide global efforts to reduce the burden of disease.

The program’s research initiatives and collaborations are active around the world, including in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, China, India, Pakistan, and Australasia, among other regions.  Most recently, GMHP and its Latin American partners were awarded NIH funding to develop a regional “Hub” network in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.

We are on a mission to promote mental health and reduce the burden of mental illness around the globe by:

  • Delivering postgraduate educational programs that prepare clinicians and researchers to advance the field of global mental health
  • Developing training programs that build capacity for research and clinical care in low- and middle income countries
  • Conducting basic and applied research that has global relevance
  • Advancing community awareness and understanding of mental illness
  • Advocating for human rights of people with mental health illness, including the right to participate in civil society, as specified in United Nations Declarations


  • Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work
  • University Professor, Director, ICAP, Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professor of Global Health (in Epidemiology)
  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
  • Lieber Professor of Psychiatry and the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor of Psychiatry, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
  • Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center
  • Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Professor of Psychology and Education (in Psychiatry and Epidemiology) at the Columbia University Medical Center
  • Professor of Psychiatry (in Health Policy & Management)
  • Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry
  • Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry