Jess Ghannam, PhD

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    Stanford UniversityPost Doctoral FellowshipPsychology
    UCSF Mt ZionPost Doctoral FellowshipPsychiatry
    UC Berkeley PhDPsychology
    UC BerkeleyMScHealth and Medical Sciences
    UC Berkeley MAPsychology
    University of Michigan BAPsychology
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    City and County of San Francisco2016  - 2016Mayor's Award for Outstanding Community Service

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    Dr. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. His research areas include evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children. Dr. Ghannam has developed community health clinics in the Middle East that focus on developing community-based treatment programs for families in crisis.

    He is also a consultant with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Reprieve and other international NGO's that work with torture survivors. Locally he works to promote and enhance the health and wellness of refugee, displaced, and immigrant populations from the Middle East,North Africa and South Asia and has established a community-based Mental Health Treatment Programs to support these communities.

    At UCSF Dr. Ghannam develops culturally competency training programs for staff, students and faculty working with patients from the Middle East. He serves on the Chancellor's Council of Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion and is a member of the UCP, University and Community Partnerships Committee. He works with medical students and residents across disciplines to promote and enhance their clinical and research skills. Dr. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness, including chronic pain and cancer. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California.

    He is past president of the Arab Cultural and Community Center and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in San Francisco.

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    1. Afana AJ, Tremblay J, Ghannam J, Ronsbo H, Veronese G. Coping with trauma and adversity among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip: A qualitative, culture-informed analysis. J Health Psychol. 2018 Jul 01; 1359105318785697. PMID: 29974813.
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    2. Segal SP, Khoury VC, Salah R, Ghannam J. Contributors to Screening Positive for Mental Illness in Lebanon's Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2018 Jan; 206(1):46-51. PMID: 28976407.
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    3. Afana A, Ghannam J, Ho EY, Al-Khal A, Al-Arab B, Bylund CL. Burnout and sources of stress among medical residents at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar. East Mediterr Health J. 2017 Feb 21; 23(1):40-45. PMID: 28244060.
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    4. Subbaraman R, Nolan L, Shitole T, Sawant K, Shitole S, Sood K, Nanarkar M, Ghannam J, Betancourt TS, Bloom DE, Patil-Deshmukh A. The psychological toll of slum living in Mumbai, India: a mixed methods study. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Oct; 119:155-69. PMID: 25189736.
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    5. Bailony MR, Hararah MK, Salhab AR, Ghannam I, Abdeen Z, Ghannam J. Cancer registration and healthcare access in West Bank, Palestine: a GIS analysis of childhood cancer, 1998-2007. Int J Cancer. 2011 Sep 01; 129(5):1180-9. PMID: 20957630.
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    6. Elbedour S, Onwuegbuzie AJ, Ghannam J, Whitcome JA, Abu Hein F. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety among Gaza Strip adolescents in the wake of the second Uprising (Intifada). Child Abuse Negl. 2007 Jul; 31(7):719-29. PMID: 17631959.
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    7. Lipton R, Ghannam JH, Beinin J. Definitions of terrorism. JAMA. 2003 Nov 05; 290(17):2254; author reply 2254-5. PMID: 14600176.
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    8. Shevrin H, Ghannam JH, Libet B. A neural correlate of consciousness related to repression. Conscious Cogn. 2002 Jun; 11(2):334-41; discussion 342-46. PMID: 12191952.
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