Dr. Susan M. Meffert, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, a UCSF Global Health Sciences Faculty Burke Scholar, and a member of the research faculty for the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma annual global mental health training program. She received her MD degree from the University of Iowa and has an MPH degree in international health from Harvard University.
Dr. Meffert is interested in developing mental health interventions to stem the individual and interpersonal impact of mass trauma in low-resource settings. She completed a successful pilot trial of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms among Darfur refugees in Cairo, and she has an ongoing project in China with survivors of the Sichuan earthquake. Through her research and the mentorship she received from UCSF global health leaders, Dr. Meffert became interested in the strong associations of violence, trauma, and HIV among women worldwide.
Dr. Meffert plans to incorporate her BIRCWH research into the development of a pilot mental health intervention for the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress among HIV-infected women in sub-Saharan Africa. Her BIRCWH mentor is Thomas Neylan, MD.