Susan M. Meffert M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and UCSF Global Health Sciences Faculty Affiliate.
After working in humanitarian aid, Dr. Meffert attended medical school with the goal of studying mental health care for traumatized populations in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). She has been an active researcher in the field of Global Mental Health (GMH) since 2004. Dr. Meffert conducted her first a mental health care needs assessment during residency training when she worked with Darfur refugees living in Cairo, Egypt. During her research fellowship, she built on this work and conducted an Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of an adapted mental health treatment for Darfur refugees in Cairo, delivered by community members. Dr. Meffert received the Global Health Sciences Burke Career Award in 2009 and joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry. From 2009-2012, she completed a mental health care needs assessment, an RCT of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for survivors of the Sichuan Earthquake near Shifang, China and competed successfully for a UCSF Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 award.
Since 2009, Dr. Meffert has been working in Kisumu, Kenya with the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program, a UCSF collaborative site in Nyanza Province, funded by PEPFAR. She completed an effectiveness-implementation hybrid type I study of integrated mental health care delivered by non-specialists within the FACES HIV-primary care platform (n=300, the Mental health, hIv aNd Domestic violence [MIND] study). Dr. Meffert and colleagues are funded by a joint NIMH-Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) award, to conduct The Depression And Primary-care Partnership for Effectiveness-implementation Research (DAPPER) (R01 MH115512). DAPPER supports an effectiveness- implementation hybrid randomized study of psychotherapy versus pharmacological depression treatment (n=2,000) to evaluate non-specialist delivery of evidence-based care integrated within an existing public sector county healthcare center (Kisumu County Hospital [KCH]) in regards to clinical effectiveness and implementation parameters, including robust economic analyses. Dr. Meffert anc colleagues subsequently received an award (R01 MH113722) which leverages the DAPPER study to add randomized, second line, non-specialist treatment for non-remitters with depression and/or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), creating a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART-DAPPER, n=2,710).