Bibhav Acharya, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address675 18th Street
San Francisco CA 94107
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    UCSFResidencyDepartment of Psychiatry
    UCSFCertificate Program in Implementation ScienceDepartment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Yale UniversityM.D.School of Medicine
    Haverford CollegeB.S.Chemistry
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    American Psychiatric Association2017Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
    UCSF Department of Psychiatry2015Academic Scholarship Award
    UCSF Chancellor’s Office2014Thomas N. Burbridge Award for Public Service
    UCSF Department of Psychiatry2014Medical Student Teaching Award
    UCSF Department of Psychiatry2013Medical Student Teaching Award
    American Psychiatric Association2013  - 2015American Psychiatric Leadership Fellow
    Arnold P. Gold Foundation2011Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
    Haverford College 2011Young Alumni Award for Excellence in Leadership
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2006Howard Hughes Science and Society Scholar
    Starr Foundation2002  - 2006Starr Scholar

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    Bibhav Acharya (BEE-vub ah-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 (, 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 (, 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.
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    Acceptability and feasibility of Community-based mHealth Motivational Interviewing Tool for Depression (COMMIT-D) to improve adherence to treatment
    NIH R21MH116728Aug 1, 2019 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Improving engagement in care via Community-based mHealth Motivational Interviewing Tool for HIV-positive youth (COMMIT+)
    NIH R34MH118049Aug 20, 2018 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Implementing Collaborative Care in Low-Resource Government, Research, and Academic Settings in Rural Nepal. Psychiatr Serv. 2022 09 01; 73(9):1073-1076. Jackson J, Dangal R, Dangal B, Gupta T, Jirel S, Khadka S, Rimal P, Acharya B. PMID: 35172595.
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    2. The path to global equity in mental health care in the context of COVID-19. Lancet. 2021 11 06; 398(10312):1670-1672. Kola L, Kohrt BA, Acharya B, Mutamba BB, Kieling C, Kumar M, Sunkel C, Zhang W, Hanlon C. PMID: 34627492; PMCID: PMC9754946.
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    3. Collaborative care model for depression in rural Nepal: a mixed-methods implementation research study. BMJ Open. 2021 08 16; 11(8):e048481. Rimal P, Choudhury N, Agrawal P, Basnet M, Bohara B, Citrin D, Dhungana SK, Gauchan B, Gupta P, Gupta TK, Halliday S, Kadayat B, Mahar R, Maru D, Nguyen V, Poudel S, Raut A, Rawal J, Sapkota S, Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Shrestha S, Swar S, Thapa A, Thapa P, White R, Acharya B. PMID: 34400456; PMCID: PMC8370561.
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    4. Cross-cultural adaptation of motivational interviewing for use in rural Nepal. BMC Psychol. 2021 Apr 01; 9(1):52. Rimal P, Khadka S, Bogati B, Chaudhury J, Rawat LK, Bhat KC, Manandhar P, Citrin D, Maru D, Ekstrand ML, Swar SB, Aryal A, Kohrt B, Shrestha S, Acharya B. PMID: 33794990; PMCID: PMC8017825.
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    5. Costing Analysis of a Pilot Community Health Worker Program in Rural Nepal. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2020 06 30; 8(2):239-255. Nepal P, Schwarz R, Citrin D, Thapa A, Acharya B, Acharya Y, Aryal A, Baum A, Bhandari V, Bhatt L, Bhattarai D, Choudhury N, Dangal B, Dhimal M, Dhungana SK, Gauchan B, Halliday S, Kalaunee SP, Kunwar LB, Maru D, Nirola I, Paudel R, Raut A, Rayamazi HJ, Sapkota S, Schwarz D, Thapa P, Thapa P, Tiwari A, Tuitui R, Walter E, Maru S. PMID: 32606093; PMCID: PMC7326517.
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    6. Treatment recommendations made by a consultant psychiatrist to improve the quality of care in a collaborative mental health intervention in rural Nepal. BMC Psychiatry. 2020 02 05; 20(1):46. Rimal P, Maru D, Chwastiak L, Agrawal P, Rao D, Swar S, Citrin D, Acharya B. PMID: 32024490; PMCID: PMC7003398.
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    7. An integrated intervention for chronic care management in rural Nepal: protocol of a type 2 hybrid effectiveness-implementation study. Trials. 2020 Jan 29; 21(1):119. Schwarz D, Dhungana S, Kumar A, Acharya B, Agrawal P, Aryal A, Baum A, Choudhury N, Citrin D, Dangal B, Dhimal M, Gauchan B, Gupta T, Halliday S, Karmacharya B, Kishore S, Koirala B, Kshatriya U, Levine E, Maru S, Rimal P, Sapkota S, Schwarz R, Shrestha A, Thapa A, Maru D. PMID: 31996250; PMCID: PMC6990567.
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    8. Moving the Global Mental Health Debate Forward: How a Structural Competency Framework Can Apply to Global Mental Health Training. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Dec; 43(6):617-620. Gajaria A, Izenberg JM, Nguyen V, Rimal P, Acharya B, Hansen H. PMID: 31161574.
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    9. Designing and implementing an integrated non-communicable disease primary care intervention in rural Nepal. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(2):e001343. Kumar A, Schwarz D, Acharya B, Agrawal P, Aryal A, Choudhury N, Citrin D, Dangal B, Deukmedjian G, Dhimal M, Dhungana S, Gauchan B, Gupta T, Halliday S, Jha D, Kalaunee SP, Karmacharya B, Kishore S, Koirala B, Kunwar L, Mahar R, Maru S, Mehanni S, Nirola I, Pandey S, Pant B, Pathak M, Poudel S, Rajbhandari I, Raut A, Rimal P, Schwarz R, Shrestha A, Thapa A, Thapa P, Thapa R, Wong L, Maru D. PMID: 31139453; PMCID: PMC6509610.
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    10. Understanding perceptions of global healthcare experiences on provider values and practices in the USA: a qualitative study among global health physicians and program directors. BMJ Open. 2019 04 03; 9(4):e026020. Matthews-Trigg N, Citrin D, Halliday S, Acharya B, Maru S, Bezruchka S, Maru D. PMID: 30948593; PMCID: PMC6500299.
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    11. Transition to active learning in rural Nepal: an adaptable and scalable curriculum development model. BMC Med Educ. 2019 Feb 20; 19(1):61. Mehanni S, Wong L, Acharya B, Agrawal P, Aryal A, Basnet M, Citrin D, Dangal B, Deukmedjian G, Dhungana SK, Gauchan B, Gupta TK, Halliday S, Kalaunee SP, Kshatriya U, Kumar A, Maru D, Maru S, Nguyen V, Paudel JS, Rimal P, Saleh M, Schwarz R, Swar SB, Thapa A, Tiwari A, White R, Wu WJ, Schwarz D. PMID: 30786884; PMCID: PMC6383231.
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    12. Competencies for Global Mental Health: Developing Training Objectives for a Post-Graduate Fellowship for Psychiatrists. Ann Glob Health. 2018 11 05; 84(4):717-726. Buzza C, Fiskin A, Campbell J, Guo J, Izenberg J, Kamholz B, Hung E, Acharya B. PMID: 30779522; PMCID: PMC6748267.
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    13. Delivering Collaborative Care in Rural Settings: Integrating Remote Teleconsultation and Local Supervision in Rural Nepal. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 01 01; 70(1):78-81. Swar S, Rimal P, Gauchan B, Maru D, Yang Y, Acharya B. PMID: 30220241; PMCID: PMC7718719.
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    14. Developing and deploying a community healthcare worker-driven, digitally- enabled integrated care system for municipalities in rural Nepal. Healthc (Amst). 2018 Sep; 6(3):197-204. Citrin D, Thapa P, Nirola I, Pandey S, Kunwar LB, Tenpa J, Acharya B, Rayamazi H, Thapa A, Maru S, Raut A, Poudel S, Timilsina D, Dhungana SK, Adhikari M, Khanal MN, Pratap Kc N, Acharya B, Karki KB, Singh DR, Bangura AH, Wacksman J, Storisteanu D, Halliday S, Schwarz R, Schwarz D, Choudhury N, Kumar A, Wu WJ, Kalaunee SP, Chaudhari P, Maru D. PMID: 29880283; PMCID: PMC7739377.
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    15. Translating mental health diagnostic and symptom terminology to train health workers and engage patients in cross-cultural, non-English speaking populations. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2017; 11:62. Acharya B, Basnet M, Rimal P, Citrin D, Hirachan S, Swar S, Thapa P, Pandit J, Pokharel R, Kohrt B. PMID: 29026440; PMCID: PMC5627499.
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    16. Surgical referral coordination from a first-level hospital: a prospective case study from rural Nepal. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Sep 25; 17(1):676. Fleming M, King C, Rajeev S, Baruwal A, Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Khadka N, Pande S, Khanal S, Acharya B, Benton A, Rogers SO, Panizales M, Gyorki D, McGee H, Shaye D, Maru D. PMID: 28946885; PMCID: PMC5613391.
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    17. Collaborative Care for Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A WHO Health Systems Framework Assessment of Three Programs. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Sep 01; 68(9):870-872. Acharya B, Ekstrand M, Rimal P, Ali MK, Swar S, Srinivasan K, Mohan V, Unützer J, Chwastiak LA. PMID: 28760096; PMCID: PMC5790311.
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    18. Developing a scalable training model in global mental health: pilot study of a video-assisted training Program for Generalist Clinicians in Rural Nepal. Glob Ment Health (Camb). 2017; 4:e8. Acharya B, Tenpa J, Basnet M, Hirachan S, Rimal P, Choudhury N, Thapa P, Citrin D, Halliday S, Swar SB, van Dyke C, Gauchan B, Sharma B, Hung E, Ekstrand M. PMID: 28596909; PMCID: PMC5454786.
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    19. Partnerships in mental healthcare service delivery in low-resource settings: developing an innovative network in rural Nepal. Global Health. 2017 01 13; 13(1):2. Acharya B, Maru D, Schwarz R, Citrin D, Tenpa J, Hirachan S, Basnet M, Thapa P, Swar S, Halliday S, Kohrt B, Luitel NP, Hung E, Gauchan B, Pokharel R, Ekstrand M. PMID: 28086925; PMCID: PMC5237195.
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    20. Power, potential, and pitfalls in global health academic partnerships: review and reflections on an approach in Nepal. Glob Health Action. 2017; 10(1):1367161. Citrin D, Mehanni S, Acharya B, Wong L, Nirola I, Sherchan R, Gauchan B, Karki KB, Singh DR, Shamasunder S, Le P, Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Dangal B, Dhungana SK, Maru S, Mahar R, Thapa P, Raut A, Adhikari M, Basnett I, Kaluanee SP, Deukmedjian G, Halliday S, Maru D. PMID: 28914185; PMCID: PMC5645653.
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    21. Recommendations from primary care providers for integrating mental health in a primary care system in rural Nepal. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 09 19; 16:492. Acharya B, Tenpa J, Thapa P, Gauchan B, Citrin D, Ekstrand M. PMID: 27643684; PMCID: PMC5028958.
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    22. Consultant Psychiatrists' Role in Ensuring High-Quality Care From Nonspecialists. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 07 01; 67(7):816. Acharya B, Swar SB. PMID: 27363359.
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    23. The Mental Health Education Gap among Primary Care Providers in Rural Nepal. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4):667-71. Acharya B, Hirachan S, Mandel JS, van Dyke C. PMID: 27259491; PMCID: PMC4938769.
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    24. Including International Medical Graduates in Global Mental Health Training. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4):732-3. Acharya B, Hirachan S. PMID: 26576999.
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    25. Crossing the quality chasm in resource-limited settings. Global Health. 2012 Nov 30; 8:41. Maru DS, Andrews J, Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Acharya B, Ramaiya A, Karelas G, Rajbhandari R, Mate K, Shilpakar S. PMID: 23193968; PMCID: PMC3526495.
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    26. On partnership. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2012; 2(2):101-6. Schwarz R, Maru DS, Schwarz D, Acharya B, Acharya B, Rajbhandari R, Andrews J, Karelas G, Sharma R, Arnoldy M. PMID: 24406829.
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    27. Implementing a systems-oriented morbidity and mortality conference in remote rural Nepal for quality improvement. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Dec; 20(12):1082-8. Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Gauchan B, Andrews J, Sharma R, Karelas G, Rajbhandari R, Acharya B, Mate K, Bista A, Bista MG, Sox C, Smith-Rohrberg Maru D. PMID: 21949441; PMCID: PMC3228264.
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    28. Global health delivery 2.0: using open-access technologies for transparency and operations research. PLoS Med. 2009 Dec; 6(12):e1000158. Maru DS, Sharma A, Andrews J, Basu S, Thapa J, Oza S, Bashyal C, Acharya B, Schwarz R. PMID: 19956665; PMCID: PMC2777354.
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