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    Susan Meffert, MD, MPH

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter
    San Francisco CA 94143
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      Stanford UniversityBSBiology1997
      Stanford UniversityBAReligious Studies1997
      Stanford UniversityMAReligious Studies1997
      Harvard UniversityMPH: International HealthSchool of Public Health: International Health2003
      University of IowaMedical DegreeCollege of Medicine2003
      University of California, San FranciscoResidency Psychiatry2007
      University of California, San FranciscoFellowship: Global Mental Health ResearchPsychiatry2008
      University of California, San FranciscoFellowship: Forensic PsychiatryPsychiatry2009
      National Institutes of HealthImplementation ScienceTraining Institute on Dissemination & Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)2015
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      NIMH2016 - 2016Optimizing Mental Health Service Delivery: The Science of Implementation (panelist)
      World Health Organization, World Bank2016 - 2016Mental health implementation strategy in Kenya selected for innovation fair (~20, globally)
      Consortium of Universities for Global Health2016 - 2016Global Mental Health Plenary (moderator)
      UCSF RAP2015 - 2016LAMP: Law, Advocacy and Mental Health Project
      NIMH2014 - 2018K23 supplement
      NIMH2014 - 2018K23
      UCSF2013 - 2014Hellman Award for UC Investigators
      UCSF/UCLA2012 - 2013Women's Health and Empowerment Grant: Assessing Mental Health Care Needs among HIV+ women in Kenya
      UCSF2011 - 2014KL2 BIRCWH Award
      UCSF Global Health Sciences2009 - 2013UCSF Global Health Sciences Burke Faculty Scholar
      UCSF-RAP2009 - 2012RCT of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Sichuan Earthquake Survivors
      UCSF-RAP2008 - 2009RCT of Interpersonal Therapy for Sudanese Refugees in Cairo

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      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.

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      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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      1. Opiyo E, Ongeri L, Rota G, Verdeli H, Neylan T, Meffert S, et al. Collaborative Interpersonal Psychotherapy for HIV-Positive Women in Kenya: A Case Study From the Mental Health, HIV and Domestic Violence (MIND) Study. J Clin Psychol. 2016 Jul 27. PMID: 27463639.
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      2. Onu CC, Dworkin SL, Ongeri LG, Oyaro P, Neylan TC, Cohen CR, Bukusi EA, Rota G, Meffert SM, et al. Sexual violence against HIV-positive women in the Nyanza region of Kenya: Is condom negotiation an instigator? J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Jul 18. PMID: 27509254.
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      3. Onu C, Ongeri L, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Neylan TC, Oyaro P, Rota G, Otewa F, Delucchi KL, Meffert SM. Erratum to: 'Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder among HIV-positive women in Kisumu, Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial'. Trials. 2016; 17:151. PMID: 27000080.
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      4. Meffert SM, Neylan TC, Chambers DA, Verdeli H. Novel implementation research designs for scaling up global mental health care: overcoming translational challenges to address the world's leading cause of disability. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2016; 10:19. PMID: 26958075.
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      5. Onu C, Ongeri L, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Neylan TC, Oyaro P, Rota G, Otewa F, Delucchi KL, Meffert SM. Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder among HIV-positive women in Kisumu, Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016; 17(1):64. PMID: 26841875.
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      6. Meffert SM, McCulloch CE, Neylan TC, Gandhi M, Lund C. Increase of perceived frequency of neighborhood domestic violence is associated with increase of women's depression symptoms in a nationally representative longitudinal study in South Africa. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Apr; 131:89-97. PMID: 25769107; PMCID: PMC4382311 [Available on 04/01/16].
      7. Zunner B, Dworkin SL, Neylan TC, Bukusi EA, Oyaro P, Cohen CR, Abwok M, Meffert SM. HIV, violence and women: unmet mental health care needs. J Affect Disord. 2015 Mar 15; 174:619-26. PMID: 25574781; PMCID: PMC4340747 [Available on 01/01/16].
      8. Jiang RF, Tong HQ, Delucchi KL, Neylan TC, Shi Q, Meffert SM. Interpersonal psychotherapy versus treatment as usual for PTSD and depression among Sichuan earthquake survivors: a randomized clinical trial. Confl Health. 2014; 8:14. PMID: 25254070; PMCID: PMC4172897.
      9. Meffert SM, Henn-Haase C, Metzler TJ, Qian M, Best S, Hirschfeld A, McCaslin S, Inslicht S, Neylan TC, Marmar CR. Prospective study of police officer spouse/partners: a new pathway to secondary trauma and relationship violence? PLoS One. 2014; 9(7):e100663. PMID: 24987848; PMCID: PMC4079247.
      10. Meffert, Susan and Solvig Ekblad . . Global Mental Health Intervention Research after Mass Trauma. Open Source Journal of Clinical Trials. 2013; (5):61-69.
      11. Meffert, SM; Abdo, AO; Alla, OA; Elmakki, YO; Omer, AA; Yousif, S; Metzler, TJ; Marmar, CR . . Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Sudanese Refugees in Cairo, Egypt: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Trauma, Depression and Interpersonal Violence. 2011; 2(3).
      12. Meffert SM, Musalo K, Abdo AO, Alla OA, Elmakki YO, Omer AA, Yousif S, Metzler TJ, Marmar CR. Feelings of betrayal by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and emotionally distressed Sudanese refugees in Cairo. Med Confl Surviv. 2010 Apr-Jun; 26(2):160-72. PMID: 20718287.
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      13. Meffert SM, Musalo K, McNiel DE, Binder RL. The role of mental health professionals in political asylum processing. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010; 38(4):479-89. PMID: 21156906.
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      14. Meffert, SM & Chamberlain, J. . Expansion of Liberty Interests Under Parole Conditions: Beyond Antipsychotics. Journal of Psychiatry and the Law. 2009; 2(37):264-266.
      15. Meffert SM, Marmar CR. Darfur refugees in Cairo: mental health and interpersonal conflict in the aftermath of genocide. J Interpers Violence. 2009 Nov; 24(11):1835-48. PMID: 18945917.
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      16. Meffert SM, Metzler TJ, Henn-Haase C, McCaslin S, Inslicht S, Chemtob C, Neylan T, Marmar CR. A prospective study of trait anger and PTSD symptoms in police. J Trauma Stress. 2008 Aug; 21(4):410-6. PMID: 18720397; PMCID: PMC3974928.
      17. Meffert, SM; Shome, S; Neylan, TC; Musalo, K; Fineberg, HV; Cooke, MM; Volberding, PA; Goosby, EP. . The Health Impact of Human Rights Testimony: Harming the most Vulnerable?. BMJ: Global Health, In Press.
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