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Global Mental Health Leadership

  • Director

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Errera Community Care Center, VA Connecticut Health Care System

    Theddeus Iheanacho completed medical school and obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Nigeria and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health (DTM&H) from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Dr. Iheanacho then trained in general adult psychiatry in Dublin University Psychiatry Training Rotation, Ireland and general adult psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), East Meadow, New York. While at NUMC, he served as Program-Wide Chief. Dr. Iheanacho completed addiction training at Yale Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and thereafter became a full-time faculty in department of psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Global Mental Health Promotion Program in the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science CMIPS-GMHPP and Medical Director, Errera Community Care Center, VA Connecticut Health Care System. Dr. Iheanacho’s research, clinical work and scholarly activities are focused on increasing access to evidence-based interventions for mental disorders for underserved populations and in resource limited settings. He is the project lead for the The HAPPINESS Project which aims to integrate mental health in primary care to address mental health care gap due to severe shortage of psychiatric specialists in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Associate Professor of Neurology and of Psychiatry; Track Director, Health Informatics, Online Executive MPH Program

    Hamada Hamid Altalib is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine. He completed a dual residency in neurology and psychiatry and a Masters in Global Public Health at New York University, followed by a clinical research fellowship in epilepsy at Yale University. He has published many articles and book chapters on neuropsychiatric illness, mental health policy in the Middle East, and the role of culture in mental illness across a diverse spectrum of Muslim populations. Clinically, he provides care for people with complex neuropsychiatric conditions such as traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and somatization disorders. He is the Director of the Connecticut Veterans Healthcare System Epilepsy Center of Excellence (ECOE). He has developed and helped scale a national tele-mental health service for Veterans with psychogenic seizures. He also chairs the National ECOE Workgroup on Mental Health Services. His current research focuses on the evaluation of health services, epilepsy outcomes research, and coordination of neuropsychiatric care. He is also the founding and current Chief Editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health and co-founder and current President of the Institute for Muslim Mental Health. He serves as a Senior Fellow for the Institute of Social Policy & Understanding. He has served on the several American Arab and Muslim social service and non-profit organizations, and he is an affiliated faculty member for the Council of Middle East Studies and Global Mental Health Program at Yale University.
  • Faculty Leader

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Connecticut Latino Behavioral Health System, Psychiatry

    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.
  • Resident Leader

    Psychiatry Resident

    Sanya was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. When she was 10 years old, her small family made the move to the United States, landing in Pensacola, Florida. As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, Sanya earned a dual degree in Biochemistry and International Studies. Following university graduation, Sanya spent one of the most enriching years of her life studying Mandarin in Shanghai, China. She then returned to Florida to attend medical school at the University of Central Florida. She also co-founded Chapman Compassionate Care, a student-run clinic dedicated to serving the homeless population. Sanya founded Rising Youth, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to teaching adolescents about mental health and wellness. Her commitment to helping marginalized communities led her to also spend a month in Lesvos, Greece, where Sanya volunteered at the Kara Tepe refugee camp for asylum seekers. Sanya is extremely excited and humbled to be the Resident Leader for Yale Psychiatry Global Mental Health Program. She is committed to clinical and health equity work, serving the vulnerable population, and building a more equitable world for all humans.
  • Student Leader

    Divya Gumudavelly is a Masters of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health. She is an aspiring mixed methods researcher who hopes to create sustainable, culturally competent multi level interventions that address women's health, global health, and mental health. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience and Sociology of Health and Medicine in May 2020. Upon graduation, Divya worked as a Research Program Manager for the EMBRace Lab at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In engaging with underserved communities in the metro Detroit area, she developed a passion for community based participatory research and advocating for access to mental health care for all.