Bibhav Acharya (BEE-vub aa-CHAR-yuh) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences. His research identifies constraints in access to high-quality services in low-resource settings, and tests systems-level interventions to address them. He is currently leading two studies in rural Nepal: 1) adapting and implementing the collaborative mental health care model where mental health services are provided by non-specialists (primary care providers and other clinicians) under training and support from mental health specialists; and 2) training and supporting community health workers in using a digital health intervention to deliver motivational interviewing to improve treatment adherence and care engagement for chronic diseases (depression, COPD, hypertension, diabetes, and HIV).
He is the founding Director of UCSF Psychiatry HEAL fellowship in global mental health (http://tiny.ucsf.edu/GMH), which trains psychiatrists as leaders in clinical practice, capacity building, health systems-strengthening and health services research in low-resource settings in the United States (Navajo Nation) and abroad (rural Nepal).
He is the co-founder and mental health advisor of Possible (www.possiblehealth.org), a non-profit organization that has been providing health services in rural Nepal since 2008 in partnership with the Nepali Government. The health system employs over 300 staff members and sees over 600 patients a day in Achham, a remote district in Nepal where the nearest psychiatrist and airport are 12 hours away, and in Dolakha, where 85% of the healthcare infrastructure was destroyed by the earthquake in 2015.
Bibhav was born and raised in Nepal and arrived in the United States to attend Haverford College on a full scholarship. He was a Howard Hughes Science and Society Scholar in public health studying HIV interventions in Thailand. He has conducted research for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to improve the quality of care for federally-funded HIV services. He received his M.D. from Yale University and residency training in general adult psychiatry from University of California San Francisco. He has conducted research under NIMH-R25 and has completed a certificate program in Implementation Science from UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.