• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, where she is Executive Director of I-TECH and director of the UW 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. Prior to her current role she directed the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (USA). She has served the field in diverse leadership roles, most recently as a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative, co-lead of the NIMH-PEPFAR initiative on mental health and HIV, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Mental Health, and the director of the RISING SUN initiative on suicide prevention in Arctic Indigenous communities.

Dr. Collins’s research has focused on social stigma related to mental illness and its relationship to HIV risk among women of color with severe mental illness; 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.

  • MD (Cornell University)
  • MPH (Columbia University)
  • French
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Mental Health
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • 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