Dr. Gelaye is an epidemiologist and research scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Gelaye’s research interests include a focus on: (1) assessing the comparative effectiveness of screening and diagnostic instruments for neuropsychiatric disorders in low and middle income countries; (2) integrating biological markers into clinical and population-based studies to identify factors that contribute to both resilience and risk of psychiatric disorders; (3) applying advanced epidemiologic and statistical methods in psychometric research; and (4) understanding the epidemiology of chronic non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Recently, he led a study that evaluated the diagnostic validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) assessment instruments for depression in Ethiopia.
Dr. Gelaye has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers. In addition to his research work, Dr. Gelaye has extensive experience providing training and mentoring to students through the Harvard Chan School Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) over the past 11+ years. Dr. Gelaye received his MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, Seattle.