Global Mental Health Leadership

Ayana Jordan

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Director

Ayana Jordan, completed a general adult psychiatric residency at Yale University in 2015, where she served as Program-Wide Chief. During residency, Dr. Jordan became interested in treating patients with substance use disorders, given the intense stigma witnessed from other disciplines. Given her dedication to treating addiction, Dr. Jordan completed specialized training as a Yale Addiction Psychiatry Fellow, with a particular interest in using her research background to address clinical questions in the Black community. Dr. Jordan is currently an assistant professor at Yale and an attending physician at Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is committed to increasing access to addiction services within minority communities, both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jordan has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between, mental illness, substance use and stigma, and has served as an expert witness discussing the current mental health system in Sierra Leone. Currently, she is collaborating with physicians in Sierra Leone to develop a telepsychiatry program in the rural districts of the country. Locally, Dr. Jordan is working on a project to provide a computer based cognitive behavioral therapy program (CBT4CBT) within the Black Church, an evidenced based therapeutic modality shown to be effective in decreasing substance use. Dr. Jordan is interested in making connections with key stakeholders in the Black community to make this project a success. Building on the amazing work of her predecessor Dr. Carla Marienfeld, with ongoing mentorship by Dr. Rohrbaugh, Dr. Jordan is thrilled to be working as the new director of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Global Mental Health Program alongside newly appointed co-Directors, Drs. Annamalai and Silva.

Aniyizhai Annamalai

Aniyizhai Annamalai, MBBS, MD, Co-Director

Aniyizhai Annamalai is dually trained in internal medicine and psychiatry and is affiliated with both departments at Yale School of Medicine. She divides her clinical time between Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) and Yale Primary Care Center (YPCC). At YPCC she has been the director of the Yale Refugee Clinic for the last eight years. At this clinic, newly arrived refugees in the New Haven area receive their first domestic screening and establish with health care locally. Her interest in global health stems from observing the myriad ways in which cultural background influences disease manifestation and treatment methods. She is interested in integrating medical and psychiatric care for refugees and other vulnerable populations. She teaches refugee health care to medical students and residents and is the sole editor of the book, ‘Refugee Health Care’. She is a founding member of the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers and serves on the board of directors for this international organization.

Michelle Silva

Michelle A. Silva, PsyD, Co-Director

Michelle Silva is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also Director of the Connecticut Latino Behavioral Health System, an academic-community partnership designed to expand access to behavioral health services for the monolingual Spanish speaking community of greater New Haven. Dr. Silva’s work bridges practice, education, and clinical research, and she engages in multidisciplinary collaborations designed to promote health equity among vulnerable and underserved communities. Based at the Hispanic Clinic of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, Dr. Silva provides clinical services to individuals affected by immigration-related trauma and supervises health professional students providing psychoeducational interventions through the Behavioral Health Program at the Yale HAVEN Free Clinic. Her areas of professional interests include immigration and trauma; community-based mental health promotion for immigrant and refugee youth; and the role of social justice and advocacy in professional training and practice.

Nikhil Gupta

Nikhil Gupta, MBBS, Resident Leader

Nikhil Guptais a senior resident with the Yale Department of Psychiatry interested in increasing access to evidence based treatments globally through integrated care, technology, task-shifting, and other approaches; with a special interest in implementation and financing of these models. He has taken courses in global mental health (GMH) at the Institute of Psychiatry London, Center for GMH at Columbia, and the leadership in GMH course at Sangath, Goa. He is helping the Yale GMH leadership create a curriculum for our program. He can be reached with any questions or comments at nikhil.gupta@yale.edu.

Eleanor Streicker

Eleanor Streicker, MSc, MA, Residence Volunteer

Eleanor Streicker joins Yale’s Global Mental Health Program with an MSc in Global Mental Health from The University of Glasgow (2016), an MA in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University (2015), and a BA in Women and Gender Studies from Hunter College, CUNY (2009). While at Brandeis, Eleanor was a Research Assistant at The Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and later a fundraiser with The Division. She sought and wrote grant proposals for projects in Massachusetts and Somaliland. Her questioning of why there was so little attention to mental health within the development field made her pack up her stuff and moved to Scotland to study for a MSc in Global Mental Health at The University of Glasgow. In Glasgow, she met others from around the world who were also passionate about global mental health, and volunteered at the Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival. Currently, Eleanor is pursuing an International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights and Law from The Indian Law Society in collaboration with the World Health Organization. She wants to work towards promoting the human rights of people with a psychosocial disabilities at home and abroad.

Faculty with International Activity

Faculty International Project(s)
Aniyizhai Annamalai, MBBS, MD

Development of mental health assessment and treatment in the YNHH Refugee Clinic

Hamada Hamid Altalib, DO, MPH

Research and policy adviser to academic and government stakeholders in Muslim majority countries

Morris Bell, PhD, ABPP

Collaboration with England and Norway

Yiara Sofia Blanco, PsyD, ADS

Working with mental health and medical primary care providers in the process of offering integrative and culturally adequate assessments and services for the Latino/a Community in the Continental U.S., U.S. territories, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Pia Britto, PhD

International work in 40 countries in the area of early childhood policy and programs

Alessandra Buonopane, MD

Collaboration in Kuwait

Marek Chawarski, PhD

Research, training and development of treatments for substance abuse disorders in Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Iran and Russia

Philip Corlett, PhD

Collaborations with several universities in the UK, as well as Australia and New Zealand

Cindy A Crusto, PhD

Collaborations in South Africa regarding the prevention, screening, and treatment of HIV and AIDS

Larry Davidson, PhD Collaboration in Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, the UK, and Australia focusing on investigating processes of recovery from serious mental illnesses and addictions in different cultural contexts and transforming systems of behavioral health care to promote recovery.
John De Figueiredo, ScD, MBBS, MD Treasurer, Transcultural Psychiatry Section, World Psychiatric Association; Collaborations in Italy and Australia
Esperanza Diaz, MD Mental Health Treatment Models for Latino and Latina communities
Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MBBS, MD

Investigating cannabanoid use in the development of psychosis in the Caribbean; Collaborations with NIMHAN in Bangalore, India, University of the West Indies in Barbados, and University of Sao Paolo in Brazil

Joel Gelernter, MD Genetics of mental health disorders in Thailand and China
David C. Glahn, PhD Research designed to localize genes influencing psychotic, affective and anxiety disorders in Latin America and in the Middle East, with active studies in Costa Rica, England, Scotland, and Israel.
Linda Godleski, MD Delivery of Telemental Health evaluations to Japan with projected expansion to Germany, utilizing international cross agency collaboration with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and US Department of Defense, funded by the National Telemental Health Center; Consultant to the World Bank Mental Health Working Group.
Faiq Hameedi, MD International lectures on Bipolar disorder, focused on provision by providers of Pakistani descent
Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS, DTM&H
Selby Jacobs, MD Development of Association of Yale Alumni service projects in Mexico, China, and the Dominican Republic
Bandy Lee, MD, MDiv Policy work in Africa, asylum seekers in New Haven
Robert Malison, MD

Genetics of opiate and methamphetamine addiction in Thailand

Thomas McGlashan, MD Lifetime course of illness of borderline personality disorder in Scandinavia
Maya Prabhu, MD, LLB Development of mental health assessment and treatment in the Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) Refugee Clinic
Robert Rohrbaugh, MD Development of a model of postgraduate medical education in China
Robert Rosenheck, MD

Health care delivery in Brazil and China; Psychiatric education in Nigeria

Elise W. Snyder, MD

Psychodynamic psychotherapy training in China

Vinod Srihari, MD Models of Early Psychosis interventions in India
Thomas Stewart, MD Supervision of research project in Ecuador
Tami P. Sullivan, PhD Hosts some international postdoctoral fellows
Nadia Ward, PhD Collaborations in Indonesia and South Korea looking at stress and coping mechanisms in mothers and the outcomes for the mothers and children
Bruce Wexler, MD Portrayal of the "other" in Israeli and Palestinian youth; Psychotherapy in China
Yale Global Mental Health Program Director Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, second from left, in Sierra Leone during a research trip.

Yale Global Mental Health Program Director Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, second from left, in Sierra Leone during a research trip.

Ted Iheanacho

Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, directs The HAPPINESS Project, which is focused on increasing access to evidence-based treatments for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in Nigeria by adapting the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide in primary care settings. It is a collaborative project supported by the Yale Global Mental Health Program, the local academic institutions and the local government agencies. The HAPPINESS Project provides training, ongoing clinical support and refresher trainings for primary care teams in participating states.

Mark Rego, MD, Lecturer in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (right) with patient in Ayacucho, Peru

Mark Rego, MD, Lecturer in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (right) with patient in Ayacucho, Peru