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Drs. Judith Bass, Paul Bolton, Laura Murray and Wietse Tol are available for interviews by appointment. To schedule an interview, please contact Research Program Coordinator Sarah Porter.

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Dr. Geetha Jayaram Receives American Psychiatric Association's Administrative Psychiatry Award

Dr. Geetha Jayaram was awarded the APA's Administrative Psychiatry Award at the May 2018 conference in New York City, and gave an award lecture on Patient Safety in Psychiatry.

Dr. Geetha Jayaram 2018 World Bank International Women's Award Recipient

Each year three women are recognized by the World Bank for their outstanding work making a difference in the lives of other women. Rotarian Dr. Geetha Jayaram planned, initiated and implemented a low-cost, replicable mental health model in Mugalur, a village in rural Southern India.Trained female village caseworkers provide treatment for vision, hearing, geriatric problems, illness teaching, vocational rehabilitation and economic development. The “Maanasi Model” has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for providing effective mental health care in developing nations.

In war zones and refugee camps, researchers are putting resilience interventions to the test​

Dr. Wietse Tol discusses mental resilience in children affected by war, in a special issue of Science magazine.

Randomized controlled trial of caregiver training for HIV-infected child neurodevelopment and caregiver well being

HIV infection places children at neurodevelopmental risk; for young children in poverty, risk is compounded by compromised caregiving quality.  This study investigated how to teach new caregiving skills to improve child development outcomes.

An integrated intervention to reduce intimate partner violence and psychological distress with refugees in low-resource settings: study protocol for the Nguvu cluster randomized trial.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a critical public health concern, including for refugee women in low-resource settings. IPV and psychological distress have a bi-directional relationship, indicating the potential benefit of a structured psychological component as part of efforts to reduce IPV for women currently in violent relationships.

Testing the effectiveness of a transdiagnostic treatment approach in reducing violence and alcohol abuse among families in Zambia: study protocol of the Violence and Alcohol Treatment (VATU) trial

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an urgent global health problem. Root causes for VAWG include the individual- and family-level factors of alcohol abuse, mental health problems, violence exposure, and related adverse experiences. This randomized controlled trial, part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls consortium, examines the effectiveness of a common elements treatment approach (CETA) for reducing VAWG and comorbid alcohol abuse among families in Zambia.

Psychological Treatments for the World: Lessons from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Common mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress, are leading causes of disability worldwide. Treatment for these disorders is limited in low- and middle-income countries. This review synthesizes results from 27 trials on the implementation processes and effectiveness of psychological treatments for common mental disorders in adults delivered by nonspecialist providers in low- and middle-income countries.

Our Work in the Popular Press

Therapy for Victims of Sexual Violence Shows Promise in Congo

A rigorous study of a treatment meant to heal the mental and emotional scars of women in a part of Africa where rape has become a routine weapon of war.

Group Therapy Help Ease Burden of AIDS in Uganda

The first African trial of a group depression treatment for communities affected by HIV provided by non-mental health professionals.

Mending Wounded Minds

In developing countries, three-quarters of people with mental disorders receive no treatment. How do you deliver inexpensive, effective, science-based care to them? A team of mental health researchers has a few ideas.

Global News

"Depression: let’s talk" says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.



National Institute of Mental Health Global Mental Health Workshop5/1/2018 - 5/2/2018
2018 Global Mental Health Workshop: “Diversity: A Tool for Solving Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health”

Faculty, staff, and trainees from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Global Mental Health program joined other international research agencies at the National Institute of Mental Health. The workshop highlighted the importance of diversity in all phases and forms of research. The JHSPH program members and leaders in the global mental health field discussed different aspects of the global mental health research workforce, the individuals who participate in mental health research (including youth, racial/ethnic minorities, women, sexual and gender minorities, and individuals with disabilities) and in the short, medium, and long-term time-frames required for various research endeavors to improve clinical care.


World Mental Health Day10/10/2017
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.