Susan Meffert, MD, MPH
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter |
San Francisco CA 94143
|Stanford University||BA||Religious Studies||1997|
|Stanford University||MA||Religious Studies||1997|
|Harvard University||MPH: International Health||School of Public Health: International Health||2003|
|University of Iowa||Medical Degree||College of Medicine||2003|
|University of California, San Francisco||Residency ||Psychiatry||2007|
|University of California, San Francisco||Fellowship: Global Mental Health Research||Psychiatry||2008|
|University of California, San Francisco||Fellowship: Forensic Psychiatry||Psychiatry||2009|
|National Institutes of Health||Implementation Science||Training Institute on Dissemination & Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)||2015|
||2016||LAMP: Law, Advocacy and Mental Health Project|
||2014||Hellman Award for UC Investigators|
||2013||Women's Health and Empowerment Grant: Assessing Mental Health Care Needs among HIV+ women 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 and UCSF Global Health Sciences Faculty Affiliate.
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's current work focuses on HIV+ women exposed to gender based violence (GBV) in sub-saharan Africa, where 75% of the world's HIV+ women live. Dr. Meffert collaborates with the UCSF Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) PEPFAR funded program based in Kisumu, Kenya, where she has used qualitative methods to assess mental health trauma care needs among HIV+ women affected by GBV (2012) and is now running a T2 level effectiveness-implementation hybrid study to evaluate clinical and implementation parameters of non-specialist delivery of IPT for HIV+GBV+ women served by FACES delivered in an integrated manner within the HIV clinic. Data collection focuses on both clinical outcome and implementation parameters relevant to national scale up such as treatment cost, HIV viral load, HIV healthcare costs and changes in participant economic productivity.
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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