Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Founder and Director, Global Mental Health Lab (GMH@TC)
Teachers College at Columbia University
Lena Verdeli, PhD, MSc, conducts research focused on prevention and treatment of mood disorders. She received funding from foundations and NIMH to adapt and test Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) as a preventive intervention for symptomatic adolescents of Bipolar parents. In the past ten years, Lena Verdeli has played a key role in landmark studies involving adaptation, training, and testing of psychotherapy packages used by non-specialists (primary care staff, community health workers, etc) with depressed adults in southern Uganda; war-affected adolescents in IDP camps in northern Uganda; distressed patients in primary care in Goa, India; and depressed community members in Haiti, among others. She is a member of the Mental Health Advisory Committee for the Millennium Villages Project of the Earth Institute, a Scientific Advisory Council member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She chaired the research workgroup of the Family NGO at the UN and is currently a consultant with the WHO on global dissemination of psychosocial treatments.
Learn more about Lena here.