HIV and Mental Health

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The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is excited to partner with the Washington AIDS Education and Training Center (WA AETC) and Behavioral Research Center for HIV (BIRCH) at the University of Washington to host listening sessions on HIV and mental health. The outcome of the listening sessions will be to design a community of practice series on meeting the mental health needs of people living with HIV in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (HHS Region 10).

The aim of these open listening sessions is for providers and staff at HIV care organizations to:

  • Share their experiences about the unmet mental health needs of the population they serve
  • Describe what types of mental health services they are providing in their HIV practice setting
  • Discuss the training and capacity building support they would be interested in receiving.


TARGET AUDIENCE: These listening sessions are for providers, staff, and administrators of health care organizations (e.g., hospitals, health centers, private practice) that provide medical care to people with HIV.




Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH

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Lydia A. Chwastiak, MD, MPH, is an internal medicine physician and psychiatrist. Over the past 15 years, her clinical and research interests have focused on the intersection of chronic medical illness and serious mental illness. Her clinical work involves integrated care models for patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in both primary care and community mental health settings. She has conducted health services research that has investigated the prevalence, impact and costs of cardiovascular disease among veterans with serious mental illness. More recently, she has adapted and implemented evidence-based integrated care models for low resource settings in the US and in Southeast Asia. Dr. Chwastiak’s current projects include developing and testing a community mental health center-based team approach to treating poorly controlled type 2 diabetes among outpatients with schizophrenia.


Pamela Collins, MD, MPH

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Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, where she is Executive Director of I-TECH and director of the UW Global Mental Health Program, a joint effort of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health. She is a psychiatrist and mixed methods researcher with 25 years of experience in global public health and global mental health research, education, training and capacity-building, and science policy leadership. Prior to her current role she directed the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (USA). She has served the field in diverse leadership roles, most recently as a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative, co-lead of the NIMH-PEPFAR initiative on mental health and HIV, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Mental Health, and the director of the RISING SUN initiative on suicide prevention in Arctic Indigenous communities. Her research has focused on social stigma related to mental illness and its relationship to HIV risk among women of color with severe mental illness; the intersections of mental health with HIV prevention, care, and treatment; and the mental health needs of diverse groups in the US, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently the Principal Investigator of EQUIP Nairobi: a pilot implementation of Trauma-Focused CBT in Nairobi, Kenya, part of a more comprehensive effort to meet the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Nairobi.

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