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Helen Verdeli

Professional Background

Educational Background

M.Sc., London School of Economics, London, UK

Ph.D., Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Scholarly Interests

My research involves adapting and testing in randomized controlled trials psychotherapy for depressed people across a variety of cultures and contexts. I have collaborated with academic and humanitarian groups in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and have participated in the cultural modification of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for use in resource-poor communities: depressed adults in South Uganda, depressed adolescents in refugee camps in North Uganda (many of whom were child soldiers) and distressed patients in primary care in Goa, India.

Selected Publications

Bolton, P., Bass, J., Neugebauer, R., Verdeli, H., Clougherty, K.F., Wickramaratne, P.J., Ndogoni, L., Speelman, L., Weissman, M.M. (2003). A clinical trial of group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in rural Uganda. JAMA, 289:3117-3124. PMCID: PMC1525093

Verdeli, H., Clougherty, K.F., Bolton, P., Speelman, L., Ndogoni, L., Bass, J., Neugebauer, R., Weissman, M.M. (2003). Adapting group interpersonal psychotherapy for a developing country: Experience in rural Uganda. World Psychiatry, 2:(2)114-120, 2003. PMCID: PMC1525093

Verdeli H., Ferro T., Wickaramaratne P., Greenwald S., Blanco C., Weissman MM. (2004). Interpersonal psychotherapy with depressed mothers of depressed children: A pilot study of feasibility. Depression and Anxiety, 19: 51-58. PMID: 14978786

Bass, J., Neugebauer, R., Clougherty, K. F., Verdeli, H., Speelman, L., Ndogoni, L., Wickramaratne, P., Weissman, M. M. & Bolton, P (2006). Group interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed in rural Uganda: 6-month follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 188:567-573.

Clougherty, K. F., Verdeli, H., Mufson, L., & Young, J. (2006). Interpersonal psychotherapy: Effectiveness trials in Rural Uganda and New York City. Psychiatric Annals, 36(8): 566-577. PMID: 16738348

Weissman, M. M., Verdeli, H., Gameroff, M. J., Bledsoe, S. E., Betts K., Mufson, L., Fitterling, H., Wickramaratne, P. (2006). A national survey of psychotherapy training in Psychiatry, Psychology and Social Work. Archives of General Psychiatry, 63: 925-934. PMID: 16894069

Verdeli, H., Mufson, L., Lee L. & Keith, J. (2006). Review of evidence-based psychotherapies for pediatric mood and anxiety disorders. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 2(3): 395-421. DOI: 10.2174/157340006778018102

Bolton, P.B., Bass, J., Betancourt, T., Speelman, L., Onyango, G., Clougherty, K.F., Neugebauer, R., Murray, L., & Verdeli, H. (2007). Interventions of depression symptoms among adolescent survivors of war and displacement in northern Uganda: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 298(5), 519-527. PMID: 17666672

Verdeli, H., Clougherty K., Onyango, G., Lewandowski, E., Speelman, L., Betancourt, T., Neugebauer R., Stein T., Bolton P. (2008). Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depressed youth in IDP camps in Northern Uganda: Adaptation and training. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 17(8), 605-624. PMID: 18558315

Chatterjee, S., Chowdhary, N., Pednekar, S., CohenA., Andrew, G., Araya, R., Simon, G., King, M., Kirkwood, B., Weiss, H., Verdeli, H., Clougherty, K., TellesS., & Patel, V. (2008). Integrating evidence-based treatments for common mental disorders in routine primary care: feasibility and acceptability of the MANAS intervention in Goa, India. World Psychiatry, 7(1), 39-46. PMCID: PMC2359726

Verdeli, H. (2008). Towards building feasible, efficacious, and sustainable treatments for depression in developing countries. Depression and Anxiety, 25:899-902.

Weissman, M. M., Wickramaratne, P., Nomura, Y., Warner, V., Pilowski, D.& Verdeli, H. (2006). Offspring of depressed parents: 20 years later. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163:1001-1008. PMID: 1674120

Patel, V., Weiss, H. A., Chowdhary, N., Naik, S., Pednekar, S., Chatterjee, S., De Silva, M., Bhat, B., Araya, R., King, M., Simon, G., Verdeli, H., & Kirkwood, B. (2010). Effectiveness of an intervention led by lay health counsellors for depressive and anxiety disorders in primary care in Goa, India (MANAS): A cluster randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 376(9758), 2086-2095. PMID: 21159375

Vidair, H. B., Boccia, A. S., Johnson, J. G., Verdeli, H., Wickramaratne, P., Klink, K. A., Softness, A. M., et al. (2011). Depressed parents’ treatment needs and children’s problems in an urban family medicine practice. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 62(3), 317-321. doi:10.1176/

Patel, V., Chowdhary, N., Rahman, A., & Verdeli, H. (2011). Improving access to psychological treatments: lessons from developing countries. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49(9), 523-528. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2011.06.012

Verdeli, H., Vousoura, E., Baily, C., Belser, A., D., Van De Wal, E., & Manos, G. (2011). Adaptation and testing of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for military spouses. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 1(1), 118-126.

Verdeli, H., Baily, C., Vousoura, E., Belser, A., Singla, D., & Manos, G. (2011). The case for treating depression in military spouses. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(4), 488-496.

Belkin, S. G., Unützer, Jurgen., Kessler, R. C, Verdeli, H., Raviola, G., Sachs., K., Oswald, C., & Eustache, E. (2011). Scaling-up mental health for the “bottom billion”: “5×5” Implementation of Community Mental Health Care in Low-Income Regions. Psychiatric Services, 62, 1494-1502.

Patel,V., Weiss, H. A., Chowdhary, N., Naik, S., Pednekar, S., Chatterjee, S., Bhat, B., Araya, R., King, M., Simon, G., Verdeli H., & Kirkwood, B. R. (2011). The effectiveness of a lay health worker led collaborative stepped care intervention for depressive and anxiety disorders on clinical, suicide and disability outcomes over 12 months: the Manas cluster randomized controlled trial from Goa, India. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 459–466.

Vousoura, E., Verdeli, H., Wickramaratne, P., Warner., V., & Baily, C. (2011). Parental divorce, familial risk for depression, and psychopathology in offspring: a three-generation study. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-011-9523-7 [Epub]

Vidair, H. B., Boccia, A. S., Johnson, J. G., Verdeli, H., Wickramaratne, P., Klink, K., Softness, A.M., Dominguez-Rafer, C., Younge, G., & Weissman, M. M. (2011). Depressed parents’ treatment needs and children’s problems in an urban family medicine practice. Psychiatric Services, 62(3), 317-21.

Patel, V., Chowdhary N., Rahman A., & Verdeli H., (2011). Improving access to psychological treatments: Lessons from developing countries. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 49, 523-528.

Murray, L.K., Dorsey, S., Bolton, P., Jordans, M.J., Rahman, A., Bass, J., & Verdeli, H. (2011). Building capacity in mental health interventions in low resource countries: An apprenticeship model for training local providers. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 5(1), 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Weissman, M. M., & Verdeli, H. (2012). Interpersonal Psychotherapy: Evaluation, Support, Triage (IPT-EST). Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, doi: 10.1002/cpp.1775. [Epub ahead of print]

CCPX 4037: Introduction to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)

Overview of the essential principles and techniques of CBT for mood and anxiety disorders.

CCPX 4900: Research and independent study

Permission required.

CCPX 5038: Cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies

Open to doctoral candidates in psychology, others by permission. Introduction to theory and technique underlying treatment within the following modalities: Cognitive, Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Short-Term Psychodynamic. The course will explore the application of these various treatment approaches to a range of disorders including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and schizophrenia.

Centers and Projects

Global Mental Health Lab

At the Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University, we focus on research and capacity-building in prevention and treatment of mental health conditions in under-resourced communities around the world. More specifically, our workshops and projects involve assessment, intervention, and policy.

The lab is directed by Dr. Helen Verdeli and includes Ph.D. and M.A. students from the clinical psychology program at Teachers College.

Visit our lab's website here:  GMH Lab Website
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