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    Susan Meffert, MD, MPH

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter
    San Francisco CA 94143

       Education and Training
      University of California, San FranciscoResidency Psychiatry
       Awards and Honors
      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

      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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      1. 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.
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      2. 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; 174:619-26.
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      3. 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.
        View in: PubMed PMC4172897
      4. 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.
        View in: PubMed PMC4079247
      5. Meffert, Susan and Solvig Ekblad . Global Mental Health Intervention Research after Mass Trauma. Open Source Journal of Clinical Trials. 2013; (5):61-69.
      6. 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).
      7. 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.
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      8. 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.
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      9. Meffert, SM & Chamberlain, J. Expansion of Liberty Interests Under Parole Conditions: Beyond Antipsychotics. Journal of Psychiatry and the Law. 2009; 2(37):264-266.
      10. 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.
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      11. 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.
        View in: PubMed PMC3974928
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