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Susan Meffert, MD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Stanford UniversityBS1997Biology
    Stanford UniversityBA1997Religious Studies
    Stanford UniversityMA1997Religious Studies
    Harvard UniversityMPH: International Health2003School of Public Health: International Health
    University of IowaMedical Degree2003College of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency 2007Psychiatry
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship: Global Mental Health Research2008Psychiatry
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship: Forensic Psychiatry2009Psychiatry
    National Institutes of HealthImplementation Science2015Training Institute on Dissemination & Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)
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    NIMH2017  - 2017Global Mental Health- Achieving Public Health Impact, Promise of Implementation Science (moderator)
    NIMH2016  - 2016Optimizing Mental Health Service Delivery: The Science of Implementation (panelist)
    World Health Organization, World Bank2016  - 2016Mental health implementation strategy in Kenya selected for innovation fair (~20, globally)
    Consortium of Universities for Global Health2016  - 2016Global Mental Health Plenary (moderator)
    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

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    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 were recently funded to conduct the The Depression And Primary-care Partnership for Effectiveness-implementation Research (DAPPER) (U01 MH115512-01). 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.

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    Effectiveness Research for Common Mental Disorders in Low and Middle Income Countries: A sequential, multiple assignment randomized trial for non-specialist treatment strategies in Kenya
    NIH/NIMH R01MH113722Jun 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Depression And Primary-care Partnership for Effectiveness-implementation Research (DAPPER)
    NIH/NIMH R01MH115512Aug 6, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Depression And Primary-care Partnership for Effectiveness-implementation Research (DAPPER)
    NIH/NIMH U01MH115512Aug 6, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Gender Based Violence and HIV Outcomes: Tracking and Treating Mental Illness
    NIH/NIMH K23MH098767Jun 9, 2014 - May 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Levy R, Mathai M, Chatterjee P, Ongeri L, Njuguna S, Onyango D, Akena D, Rota G, Otieno A, Neylan TC, Lukwata H, Kahn JG, Cohen CR, Bukusi D, Aarons GA, Burger R, Blum K, Nahum-Shani I, McCulloch CE, Meffert SM. Implementation research for public sector mental health care scale-up (SMART-DAPPER): a sequential multiple, assignment randomized trial (SMART) of non-specialist-delivered psychotherapy and/or medication for major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (DAPPER) integrated with outpatient care clinics at a county hospital in Kenya. BMC Psychiatry. 2019 Dec 28; 19(1):424. PMID: 31883526.
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    2. Mwesiga EK, Nakasujja N, Ongeri L, Semeere A, Loewy R, Meffert S. A cross-sectional mixed methods protocol to describe correlates and explanations for a long duration of untreated psychosis among patients with first episode psychosis in Uganda. BMJ Open. 2019 07 16; 9(7):e028029. PMID: 31315866.
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    3. Meffert SM, Neylan TC, McCulloch CE, Maganga L, Adamu Y, Kiweewa F, Maswai J, Owuoth J, Polyak CS, Ake JA, Valcour VG. East African HIV care: depression and HIV outcomes. Glob Ment Health (Camb). 2019; 6:e9. PMID: 31258923.
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    4. Meffert SM, Neylan TC, McCulloch CE, Maganga L, Adamu Y, Kiweewa F, Maswai J, Owuoth J, Polyak CS, Ake JA and Valcour, VG.East African HIV care: Depression and HIV outcomes. Global Mental Health. 2019; 6.
    5. Chin AT, Rylance J, Makumbirofa S, Meffert S, Vu T, Clayton J, Mason P, Woodruff P, Metcalfe J. Chronic lung disease in adult recurrent tuberculosis survivors in Zimbabwe: a cohort study. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2019 02 01; 23(2):203-211. PMID: 30808453.
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    6. Jopling, Rebecca & Yang, Joyce & Meffert, Susan & Muller, Monika & Nyamayaro, Primrose & Abas, Melanie.Lessons from Research Innovations in Depression and HIV in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Innovations in Global Mental Health. 2019.
    7. Ongeri L, McCulloch CE, Neylan TC, Bukusi E, Macfarlane SB, Othieno C, Ngugi AK, Meffert SM. Suicidality and associated risk factors in outpatients attending a general medical facility in rural Kenya. J Affect Disord. 2018 01 01; 225:413-421. PMID: 28850856.
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    8. Onu CC, Dworkin SL, Ongeri LG, Oyaro P, Neylan TC, Cohen CR, Bukusi EA, Rota G, Meffert SM. Brief Report: Sexual Violence Against HIV-Positive Women in the Nyanza Region of Kenya: Is Condom Negotiation an Instigator? J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Jan 01; 74(1):52-55. PMID: 27509254.
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    9. Opiyo E, Ongeri L, Rota G, Verdeli H, Neylan T, Meffert S. Collaborative Interpersonal Psychotherapy for HIV-Positive Women in Kenya: A Case Study From the Mental Health, HIV and Domestic Violence (MIND) Study. J Clin Psychol. 2016 08; 72(8):779-83. PMID: 27463639.
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    10. Meffert SM, Shome S, Neylan TC, Musalo K, Fineberg HV, Cooke MM, Volberding PA, Goosby EP. Health impact of human rights testimony: harming the most vulnerable? BMJ Glob Health. 2016; 1(1):e000001. PMID: 28588904.
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    11. Onu C, Ongeri L, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Neylan TC, Oyaro P, Rota G, Otewa F, Delucchi KL, Meffert SM. Erratum to: 'Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder among HIV-positive women in Kisumu, Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial'. Trials. 2016 Mar 21; 17:151. PMID: 27000080.
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    12. Meffert SM, Neylan TC, Chambers DA, Verdeli H. Novel implementation research designs for scaling up global mental health care: overcoming translational challenges to address the world's leading cause of disability. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2016; 10:19. PMID: 26958075.
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    13. Onu C, Ongeri L, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Neylan TC, Oyaro P, Rota G, Otewa F, Delucchi KL, Meffert SM. Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder among HIV-positive women in Kisumu, Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Feb 03; 17:64. PMID: 26841875.
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    14. 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. PMID: 25769107.
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    15. 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 Mar 15; 174:619-26. PMID: 25574781.
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    16. 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. PMID: 25254070.
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    17. 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. PMID: 24987848.
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    18. Susan M. Meffert, Akram Osman Abdo, Omayma Ahmed Abd Alla, Yasir Omer Mustafa Elmakki, Afrah Abdelrahim Omer, Sahar Yousif, Thomas J. Metzler, Charles R. Marmar. A pilot randomized controlled trial of interpersonal psychotherapy for Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Egypt. Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy. 2014 Jan 1; 6(3):240.
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    19. Susan Meffert, Ekblad. Global mental health intervention research and mass trauma. Open Access Journal of Clinical Trials. 2013 Mar 1; Volume 5:61-69.
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    20. Meffert, Susan and Solvig Ekblad .Global Mental Health Intervention Research after Mass Trauma. Open Source Journal of Clinical Trials. 2013; (5):61-69.
    21. 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).
    22. 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. PMID: 20718287.
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    23. 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. PMID: 21156906.
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    24. Meffert, SM & Chamberlain, J.Expansion of Liberty Interests Under Parole Conditions: Beyond Antipsychotics. Journal of Psychiatry and the Law. 2009; 2(37):264-266.
    25. 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. PMID: 18945917.
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    26. 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. PMID: 18720397.
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    27. M. Horowitz, S. Meffert. Revenge Fantasies. Encyclopedia of Stress. 2007 Jan 1; (Journal of Traumatic Stress162003):391-394.
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    28. Wafapoor H, Kertes PJ, Navarro GC, Peyman GA, Meffert S, Ganiban GJ, Vierling S. The adjunctive use of perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene (Vitreon) in diabetic vitrectomy. Int Ophthalmol. 1998-1999; 22(2):89-96. PMID: 10472768.
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    29. Meffert, SM; Shome, S; Neylan, TC; Musalo, K; Fineberg, HV; Cooke, MM; Volberding, PA; Goosby, EP.The Health Impact of Human Rights Testimony: Harming the most Vulnerable?. BMJ: Global Health, In Press.