Event Title: Global Psych Dinner: "Addressing the burden of mental illness: MGH’s fellowship in global mental health"
Location: MGH Bulfinch 225 (Trustees Room)
Description: Drs. Rebecca Hock, Jessica Magidson, and Lauren Ng will
present on their work with the MGH Global Psychiatric
Clinical Research Training Program (T32).
Please RSVP to MGHGlobalpsychiatry@mgh.harvard.edu if
you plan to attend.
Rebecca S. Hock, PhD: “The importance of the family in
global mental health”
Dr. Rebecca S. Hock is a psychiatric epidemiologist and a
Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry. Her
research focuses on mental health in underserved
populations globally, with a particular interest in family
factors influencing risk and resilience in youth. Dr. Hock
collaborates with a team in Barbados to investigate the
impact of early adversity (child abuse and neglect,
malnutrition) on mental health outcomes as well as impact
on the next generation. She is working on identifying
biological and psychosocial mechanisms along these
pathways with the aim of informing prevention strategies.
She has also been collaborating with the team at Addis
Ababa University in Ethiopia during her time in the T32
Fellowship. She completed her PhD in psychiatric
epidemiology and global mental health at the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Jessica Magidson, PhD: "Implementing cognitive behavioral
therapy for substance use in HIV care in South Africa"
Dr. Jessica Magidson is a clinical psychologist with research
interests in the areas of depression, substance use, and HIV
medication adherence. In the T32 fellowship, she has
focused her research on implementation and task shifting
of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in HIV and substance
abuse treatment in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been
the principal investigator (PI) on two prior NIH grants and
has over 30 peer-reviewed publications. She completed her
PhD at University of Maryland, College Park and her
predoctoral clinical internship at MGH in Behavioral
Lauren C. Ng, PhD: “Addressing PTSD within health care
systems in low-income countries”
Dr. Lauren Ng is a psychologist whose work focuses on the
psychological impact of traumatic experiences such as war,
conflict, and family violence and the development and
assessment of culturally-appropriate, evidence-based
interventions for trauma. Dr. Ng has conducted research in
Rwanda for six years, most recently as an NIMH-supported
postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public
Health’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, where
she worked on a family-based prevention intervention for
children affected by HIV/AIDS. During the T32 fellowship
she has been working with researchers at Ethiopia’s Addis
Ababa University to assess and address posttraumatic
stress disorder symptoms in people living with serious
mental illness. Dr. Ng completed her doctorate in Clinical
Psychology at the University of Southern California and her
predoctoral clinical internship at Children’s Hospital Los
Angeles with a specialty in trauma psychology.