Team

University of California San Diego (UCSD)

al-delaimy.jpgDirector of the Initiative: Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy iis an epidemiologist, professor, and Division Chief at UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. He offers the team his expertise in epidemiological and public health research, biomarkers of mental health, and work with refugees in San Diego and Jordan. He is also the director of the NIH Fogarty International Center Training Program in International Research Ethics located in Jordan, which aims to build studies in the Middle East by instructing researchers. Finally, as an Iraqi having practiced medicine in both his native country and Jordan, Dr. Al-Delaimy provides personal knowledge in Arab language and culture. Contact him at waldelaimy@ucsd.edu



University of California San Diego (UCSD)

searles-headshot.jpegDr. Benjamin Maxwell is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with an interest in general clinical care, education, mental health integration into primary care settings, and global mental health. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas in 2007, completed general psychiatry residency at University of California - Irvine in 2010, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University of California San Diego in 2012. He currently serves as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor at UCSD in the Department of Psychiatry. He has collaborated with clinical programs in India, Spain, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.



George Washington University (GWU)

griffith.jpgCo-Director of the Initiative: Dr. James Griffith is a professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. He offers a rich background in clinical training and practice in psychiatry and mental health. His interests include integration of psychosocial therapy in the medical setting, psychosomatic and stress-related illness, trauma, and resiliency. As a psychiatrist, he provides treatment to refugees and immigrants through the Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma at Northern Virginia Family Services. Contact Dr. Griffith at jgriffith@mfa.gwu.edu




George Washington University (GWU)

suzann-song.jpgDr. Suzan Song is associate professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago and Board certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry, as well as obtaining a masters of public health from Harvard School of Public Health, and a PhD from Amsterdam University. She has broad multi-disciplinary experience in clinical work, research, and policy in child/adolescent, adult, family, and community-based mental health with immigrant and survivors of trauma populations in the U.S. and conflict-affected countries abroad. She has expertise is in ethnographic research using a community-based participatory research approach. She has worked on mental health research and service in Sierra Leone, Burundi, Liberia, and Syria/Jordan. Also worked as a consultant to the United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Medical Corps.

University of San Diego (USD)

patterson.jpg is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and Voluntary Clinical Associate Professor at UCSD Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine.  Using an interdisciplinary perspective, she blends the social and biological sciences.  She has published five books on family therapy and health that have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other languages.  Dr. Patterson has a special interest in the role of culture on family functioning and mental well-being.  She received Fulbright Scholarships in Norway, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She has worked in North and Sub-Saharan Africa and received training in global mental health in the United Kingdom and India. Dr. Patterson brings the experience of integrating mental health into primary care settings and has developed mental health services in Pediatrics, Reproductive Medicine, and Family Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine. You can contact Dr. Patterson at jpatterson@sandiego.edu


University of San Diego (USD)

t_edwards.jpg Dr. Todd Edwards is  marriage and family therapist (MFTs) and professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at USD. His primary clinical and research interests are collaboration between family therapists and primary care physicians, integrating family therapy into medical settings, with a focus on mental and psychosocial health. He brings knowledge of establishing  collaborative care models in mental health, family resilience research, and clinical experience in family therapy. He is Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at UCSD. Contact Dr. Edwards at tedwards@sandiego.edu



Harvard University

hamoda.jpg Dr. Hesham Hamoda is Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School. He completed his Psychiatry training at the Harvard South Shore Program followed by a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. He also holds a master-degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is also board certified in Public Health. Dr. Hamoda also serves as a Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). He is also a consultant for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health organization and has worked on mental health in children in the Middle East.