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NIMH Grant to Support Postdoctoral Training in Global Mental Health
TC's Lena Verdeli is collaborating on the grant with colleagues from the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
The title of the grant is “Global Mental Health Research Fellowship: Interventions That Make a Difference.” The grant will allow for fellows to take courses at Columbia schools, including Teachers College. Verdeli has argued that to “confront the mental health challenges of the twenty-first century” – including depression, which is on pace to become one of the most burdensome medical issues for developing nations – the field of psychology “must adapt its methods to local settings and resources.” Among other work, she has studied interpersonal psychotherapy in AIDS-afflicted communities in Uganda, training community members to conduct group therapy—a method that is both cost-effective and well-suited to people in that society, who, in Verdeli’s words, “experience themselves primarily as community and family members rather than individuals.”
Published Tuesday, May. 22, 2012