Calendar of Event
 Event Title: Global Mental Health: Where are we now?
 Date: 4/23/2010      Time: 11:00am -- 12:30pm
Place: NYS Psychiatric Institute - 1051 Riverside Drive - 1st Floor Auditorium - NY, NY 10032

Speaker: Pamela Collins, MD, MPH
Director, Offices for Special Populations,
Rural Mental Health Research, and Global Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Dr. Pamela Collins is the Associate Director for Special Populations and Director of the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to joining NIMH, as a faculty member at Columbia University, she conducted research on the mental health aspects of the AIDS epidemic, and through her research, worked to ensure access to HIV prevention and care for people with severe mental illness as well as access to mental health care services for people with HIV domestically and internationally.

In the United States, her studies have addressed the mental health needs of African immigrant and Diaspora communities living with HIV and the HIV prevention needs of women with severe mental illness. Dr. Collins and colleagues developed and evaluated the HIV prevention curriculum, “Our Selves, Our Bodies, Our Realities” to help women reduce risky sexual encounters, thereby reducing their risk of HIV infection.

Internationally, she has conducted research and training with healthcare providers on mental health and HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention, and counseling in Argentina, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa. In South Africa Dr. Collins’s research examined the role of mental health care providers in the development of HIV prevention interventions in psychiatric settings. She served as a consultant to the Directorate of Mental Health in South Africa and as a member of its Task Team for Policy Guidelines on HIV/AIDS in Psychiatric Institutions.

Dr. Collins received her B.A., with honors, in psychology from Purdue University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She trained in psychiatry and completed a NIMH post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University /New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Collins studied cultural psychiatry and applied medical anthropology as a research fellow in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She retains her faculty appointments at Columbia in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.