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Global Mental Health Lab

Collaborators and Affiliates

  • Liya Yu, Ph.D. Dr. Yu uses a neuropolitical approach to understand exclusion and identity conflicts specific to our current hyperdiverse and divided societies. In her interdisciplinary approach, she uses social neuroscience research on dehumanization to understand the political implications on racism, prejudice, multiculturalism and human rights. She argues that dehumanized perception at the brain level is a major disruptor to political cooperation and peace, as well as to the mental well-being of minority and marginalized communities. In her work with the GMH Lab, Dr. Yu is helping to develop mental health interventions for Chinese students, as well apply her neuropolitical framework of dehumanization to clinical contexts. Her current research is looking into a new language and vision to rehumanize previously dehumanized groups and individuals. As a Chinese-born German, Dr. Yu is engaged in Chinese and German media addressing issues about immigration, cultural identity struggles, and the mental health of youth. She has worked in British parliament for the shadow secretary for public health, as well as at the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin. Dr. Yu received her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University (2017) and her B.A. in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge (2008). She was a lecturer at the University of Virginia from 2016-2017, teaching on the political neuroscience of discrimination and prejudice. Contact Dr. Yu at: ly2221@columbia.edu
  • Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University: The program’s goal is to promote mental health and reduce the burden of mental illness around the globe by delivering postgraduate educational programs that prepare clinicians and researchers to advance the field of global mental health, conducting basic and applied research that has global relevance, advancing community awareness and understanding of mental illness, and advocating for human rights of people with mental health illness, including the right to participate in civil society, as specified in United Nations Declarations. Dr. Verdeli serves as a scientific Co-Director of this program. Read more: http://www.cugmhp.org/
  • International Medical Corps (IMC): IMC is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide by offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk. Read more: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/
  • Alderman Foundation: With a mission to heal the emotional wounds of survivors of terrorism, torture and mass violence, the Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of survivors by training indigenous health workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe. Read more: http://www.petercaldermanfoundation.org/
  • Child Protection in Crisis: The CPC Learning Network promotes innovative research, nurtures communities of learning, and builds the next generation of researchers and advocates for children and families. Read more: http://www.cpcnetwork.org/
  • University of Cambridge, UK & The Policy Research Group (Dr. Kai Ruggeri): Dr. Ruggeri is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Psychology as well as Research Associate specializing in methods, research design and analysis in the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge. His background is in quantitative research with an emphasis on evidence-based policy, mainly in global health. Dr. Ruggeri is Director of Studies and Praeceptor in Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Corpus Christi College. He is also founding Director of the Junior Researcher Programme - a global research initiative for young psychologists. Read more: http://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/directory/kai-ruggeri
  • Lebanon Ministry of Public Health: The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health released a Mental Health Action plan for persons affected by the Syrian crisis calling for coordinated and integrated mental health operations. The GMH Lab collaborates with the Ministry, conducting a systematic training-of-trainers in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)[cc1]  to build capacity in Lebanese mental health educators and providers of all relevant disciplines. Read more : http://www.moph.gov.lb/Pages/Home.aspx