Susan Meffert, MD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco CA 94143
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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.

    Dr. Meffert has been working in the field of global mental health since 1998. She began clinical research in 2004 during psychiatric residency at UCSF, returning to East Africa to work with Darfur refugees. Dr. Meffert is interested in how violence and trauma replicate across survivors’ lives, families and communities by creating emotional disorders that impact interpersonal relationships and put close contacts at risk of mental health disorders. She completed a successful pilot RCT of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression and Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD) symptoms among Darfur refugees in Cairo with treatment delivered by community members and an RCT of IPT in China with survivors of the Sichuan earthquake in which treatment is delivered by local paraprofessionals.

    Through her research, Dr. Meffert became interested in the strong associations between violence, trauma and HIV among women in low resource settings. Dr. Meffert's current work focuses on HIV+ women exposed to gender based violence (GBV) in sub-saharan Africa, where 75% of the world's HIV+ women live. Dr. Meffert collaborates with the UCSF Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) PEPFAR funded program based in Kisumu, Kenya, where she has used qualitative methods to assess mental health trauma care needs among HIV+ women affected by GBV (2012) and is now running a T2 level effectiveness-implementation hybrid study to evaluate clinical and implementation parameters of non-specialist delivery of IPT for HIV+GBV+ women served by FACES delivered in an integrated manner within the HIV clinic. Data collection focuses on both clinical outcome and implementation parameters relevant to national scale up such as treatment cost, HIV viral load, HIV healthcare costs and changes in participant economic productivity.

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    Gender Based Violence and HIV Outcomes: Tracking and Treating Mental Illness
    NIH K23MH098767Jun 9, 2014 - May 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Onu CC, Dworkin SL, Ongeri LG, Oyaro P, Neylan TC, Cohen CR, Bukusi EA, Rota G, Meffert S. 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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    2. 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 Aug; 72(8):779-83. PMID: 27463639.
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    3. Meffert S, 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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    4. Onu C, Ongeri L, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Neylan TC, Oyaro P, Rota G, Otewa F, Delucchi KL, Meffert S. 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; PMCID: PMC4802826.
    5. Meffert S, 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; PMCID: PMC4782517.
    6. Onu C, Ongeri L, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Neylan TC, Oyaro P, Rota G, Otewa F, Delucchi KL, Meffert S. 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; PMCID: PMC4738764.
    7. Meffert S, 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; PMCID: PMC4382311.
    8. Zunner B, Dworkin SL, Neylan TC, Bukusi EA, Oyaro P, Cohen CR, Abwok M, Meffert S. HIV, violence and women: unmet mental health care needs. J Affect Disord. 2015 Mar 15; 174:619-26. PMID: 25574781; PMCID: PMC4340747.
    9. Jiang RF, Tong HQ, Delucchi KL, Neylan TC, Shi Q, Meffert S. 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; PMCID: PMC4172897.
    10. Meffert S, 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; PMCID: PMC4079247.
    11. Meffert, Susan and Solvig Ekblad .Global Mental Health Intervention Research after Mass Trauma. Open Source Journal of Clinical Trials. 2013; (5):61-69.
    12. 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).
    13. Meffert S, 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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    14. Meffert S, 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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    15. Meffert, SM & Chamberlain, J.Expansion of Liberty Interests Under Parole Conditions: Beyond Antipsychotics. Journal of Psychiatry and the Law. 2009; 2(37):264-266.
    16. Meffert S, 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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    17. Meffert S, 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; PMCID: PMC3974928.
    18. 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.
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