Director of Clinical Training, Associate Prof
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, New York – United States
Lena Verdeli, Ph.D, MSc, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology; Director of Clinical Training at Teachers College, Columbia University; and the Founder and Director of the Teachers College Global Mental Health lab. Over the years Dr. Verdeli has been receiving funding from federal (NIMH) sources, international agencies (WHO, UNHCR), and foundations to study psychotherapy for prevention and treatment of mood disorders. In the past fifteen years Lena Verdeli has played a key role in landmark studies involving adaptation, training, and testing of psychotherapy packages used by both specialists and non-specialists around the globe (psychologists, psychiatrists, primary care staff, community health workers, etc). She collaborated internationally with academic groups, ministries of health, local NGOs and international agencies to alleviate the suffering of adults locally defined as depressed in southern Uganda; war-affected adolescents in IDP camps in northern Uganda; traumatized IDP women in Colombia; distressed patients in primary care in Goa, India; depressed community members in Haiti; and war-affected Syrian refugees in Lebanon, among others.
Dr. Verdeli is a Scientific Advisory Council member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She received the Klerman Young Scientist award; the APA Division 52 Mentoring Award; and chaired the research workgroup of the Family NGO at the UN. She is the first author of the manual on Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy which has been disseminated globally online by WHO (http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/interpersonal_therapy/en/)
Wednesday, November 6
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM