Susan Meffert, MD, MPH
|Title||Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor|
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter |
San Francisco CA 94143
||2014||Hellman Award for UC Investigators|
||2013||Gender Based Violence and HIV: Assessing Mental Health Care Needs in Kenya|
||2014||KL2 BIRCWH Award|
|UCSF Global Health Sciences||2009
||2013||UCSF Global Health Sciences Burke Faculty Scholar|
||2012||RCT of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Sichuan Earthquake Survivors|
||2009||RCT of Interpersonal Therapy for Sudanese Refugees in Cairo|
Susan M. Meffert M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Global Health Sciences Faculty Burke Scholar, UCSF Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K awardee scholar and a University of California Global Health Institute Awardee.
Dr. Meffert has been working in the field of global mental health since 1998. She began clinical research in 2004 during psychiatric residency at UCSF, returning to East Africa to work with Darfur refugees. Dr. Meffert is interested in how violence and trauma replicate across survivors’ lives, families and communities by creating emotional disorders that impact interpersonal relationships and put close contacts at risk of mental health disorders. She completed a successful pilot RCT of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression and Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD) symptoms among Darfur refugees in Cairo with treatment delivered by community members and an RCT of IPT in China with survivors of the Sichuan earthquake in which treatment is delivered by local paraprofessionals.
Through her research, Dr. Meffert became interested in the strong associations between violence, trauma and HIV among women in low resource settings. Dr. Meffert is currently collaborating with the UCSF Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) PEPFAR funded program based in Kisumu, Kenya to assess mental health trauma care needs among HIV+ women affected by Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and develop an adapted and sustainable intervention delivered by local providers to address mental health care needs and associated adherence difficulties.
Implementation Science, Persons with mental illness, Migrants/refugees, Community-based organization, International (medical), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Interpersonal violence, mass trauma: political violence and disaster settings, Interdisciplinary research collaboration, Brief implementation science training courses, Works-in-progress seminars, Implementation & dissemination science listservs
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