• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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1510 NE San Juan Road
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Pamela Collins is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she directs the Global Mental Health Program, a joint effort of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health. She is a psychiatrist and mixed methods researcher with 25 years of experience in global public health and global mental health research, education, training and capacity-building, and science policy leadership. Dr. Collins’s research has focused on social stigma related to mental illness and its relationship to women’s health behaviors; the intersections of mental health with HIV prevention, care, and treatment; and the mental health needs of diverse groups in the US, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently the Principal Investigator of EQUIP Nairobi: a pilot implementation of Trauma-Focused CBT in Nairobi, Kenya, part of a more comprehensive effort to meet the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Nairobi. Prior to arriving at UW, Dr. Collins directed the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health at the National Institute of Mental Health.

  • MD (Cornell University)
  • MPH (Columbia University)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Community Health Workers
  • Education and Training
  • Intervention Design and Management
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Research
  • Urban Health

Collins PY. Challenges to HIV prevention in psychiatric settings: Perceptions of South African mental health care providers. Social Science & Medicine. 2006, 63(4): 979-990 PMCID: PMC2800079

Collins PY, Holman A, Freeman M, Patel V. What is the relevance of mental health to HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs in developing countries? A systematic review. AIDS. 2006, 20(12):1571-1582. PMCID: PMC2801555

Collins PY, Patel V, Joestl SS, March D, Insel TR, Daar AS, et al. Grand challenges in global mental health. Nature. 2011 Jul 6;475(7354):27-30. doi: 10.1038/475027a. PMCID: PMC3173804

Thornicroft G, Ahuja S, Barber S, Chisholm D, Collins PY, Docrat S, Fairall L, Lempp H, Niaz U, Ngo V, Patel V, Petersen I, Prince M, Semrau M, Unützer J, Huang Y, and Shuo Z. Integrated care for people with long-term mental and physical conditions in low- and middle-income countries, Lancet Psychiatry, 2018 Nov 15. pii: S2215-0366(18)30298-0. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30298-0. PMID: 30449711

Patel V, Shekhar Saxena S, Lund C, Thornicroft G,Baingana F, Bolton PA, Chisholm DH, Collins PY, Cooper JL, Eaton J, Herrman H, Herzallah MM, Huang Y, Jordans MJ, Kleinman A, Maria Elena Medina Mora ME, Morgan E, Niaz U, Omigbodun O, Prince M, Rahman A, Saraceno B, Sarkar BK, De Silva M, Singh IA, Stein DJ, Sunkel C, Unutzer J. The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health & Sustainable Development. The Lancet, 2018 Oct 27; 392 (10157):1553-1598. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31612-X. PMCID in process