Drs. Jessica Magidson, Lauren Ng, and Rebecca Hock presented on their work prior to and with the Division's Global Psychiatric Clinical Research Training Program.
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.
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.
Rebecca S. Hock, PhD: “The importance of the family in global mental health”
Dr. Rebecca S. Hock is a psychiatric epidemiologist whose 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.