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Robert Rohrbaugh, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Dean for Global Health Education, Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Office of International Medical Student Education, Yale School of Medicine

Research Summary

Dr. Rohrbaugh has developed clinical programs and educational programs at the interface of geropsychiatry and medicine. His research has been focused on evaluating the effect these interventions have had on patient care and on trainee education and skill development. For example, Dr. Rohrbaugh developed a psychiatry primary care clinic at VA-Connecticut to provide primary care medical services to patients with serious mental illness. He also participated on the team that evaluated this intervention and found it improved access, quality of care, and cost essentially the same as standard care. Dr. Rohrbaugh included a module on psychiatry resident education on the principles of primary care in the development of the clinic. This module was part of a national review of such interventions recently published by Dr. Rohrbaugh in 2009.

Dr. Rohrbaugh has also been interested in teaching beginning clinicians to identify data in a patient's narrative and to develop a bio-psycho-social formulation. Several publications and one book describe both teaching methods and methods to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions.

Most recently, Dr. Rohrbaugh's education interventions have been in the area of global health education for medical students and global mental health education for residents. Dr. Rohrbaugh and colleagues have described the development of the certificate in Global Medicine program and the national context in which is was developed as well as the effects that the Yale Global Mental Health program have had on the department as a whole.

Specialized Terms: Undergraduate Medical Education; Post-graduate (Residency) Education; Global Health Education

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Research Interests

Internship and Residency; Medicine; Mental Health Services; Global Health; Ethical Analysis; Psychiatry and Psychology; Health Care

Selected Publications

  • Health Policy and Ethics: A critical examination of values in global settingsWorthington R and Rohrbaugh, RM, “Health Policy and Ethics: A critical examination of values in global settings” Radcliffe, London. 2012