Pamela Y. Collins
Dr. Pamela Y. Collins is Associate Director for Special Populations at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and director of the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research. In this role she oversees NIMH’s research efforts to increase mental health equity locally and globally. Her offices are responsible for developing, articulating and implementing the NIMH strategy for investments in global mental health and mental health disparities and for coordinating and leading NIMH’s efforts in women’s mental health research.
Dr. Collins was one of the editors of the 2011 Lancet series on Global Mental Health, she is a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative, and recently led the development of the 2013 PLoS Medicine Policy Forum series on global perspectives for integrating mental health. Dr. Collins and her team are the technical leads for the initiative, Reducing the Incidence of Suicide among Indigenous Groups—Strengths United through Networks (RISING-SUN), a project of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group, which NIMH leads in collaboration with US Government partners and the governments of Canada, Norway, the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council.
Prior to her arrival at NIMH, while a faculty member at Columbia University, Dr. Collins’s research focused on the intersections of HIV prevention, care, and treatment and the mental health needs of women of color in the US as well as diverse groups in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She currently serves as the co-lead on NIMH efforts to integrate mental health care into AIDS care and treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Collins obtained her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She trained in psychiatry and completed a NIMH post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University /New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Collins studied cultural psychiatry and applied medical anthropology as a visiting research fellow in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Until 2012 she retained faculty appointments at Columbia in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was an associate professor.