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Columbia University Seminar Series on Global Mental Health

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Columbia University New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) 1051 Riverside Drive, Room 6601

Social Inequalities & Mental Health: An International Perspective"

Social inequalities are rampant these days. The impact of social inequalities in the mental health of populations has been under scrutiny but no firm conclusion as yet reached. Similarly there are virtually no studies that provide evidence of the impact on mental health indicators of programs attempting to address these inequalities. This presentation will include new data that shows the impact on reducing inequalities of a universal coverage national program.

Professor of Psychiatry and Research Fellow with the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr. Ricardo Araya has been involved in mental and primary health care research for almost three decades with projects in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and United Kingdom. He received grants in open competition from the European Union, US National Institute of Mental Health, Wellcome Trust, UK Medical Research Council, UK National Institute of Health Research as well as other funding institutions. He has conducted several large randomized controlled trials as well as large epidemiological surveys in diverse countries and settings. Most importantly, he has a long history of successful research and training collaboration with people across all continents. Dr. Araya has nearly 200 scientific publications including 8 papers in Lancet. He is a founder member of the Global Mental Health Movement and member of the Global Health Trials Committee convened by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council in the UK. He has participated in seve! ral capacity building exercises in other countries. In addition, he has advised governments and worked at the Ministry of Health in Chile holding high-responsibility posts. He leads as a Co-PI (with Professor Paulo Menezes from USP) a Mental Health Hub in Latin America focusing on the integration of management of chronic diseases.