Global Mental Health Program

Yale Psychiatry’s Global Mental Health Program is an exciting new concentration that capitalizes on the broad and diverse experiences of our faculty and residents. Originated by residents, the program supplements current courses and electives with additional mentoring, community service, scholarly projects, and clinical experiences.

The program aims to increase awareness of global mental health issues and social disparities while developing tools to address associated challenges both at home and abroad.

The Global Mental Health Program is a unique opportunity to join an expanding network of individuals who share a common interest in global mental health and cross-cultural psychiatry.

For more information:

Download the Global Mental Health Program goals, objectives and components statement.

Contact Carla Marienfeld, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale Global Mental Health Program, at

Past and Current Resident Experiences in Global Mental Health

Initiation of IV heroin use in MalaysiaR25
Abstract, paper, presentation
PTSD in ChinaIMPORT Grant; Yale China Association; APA Minority GrantPresentations
Substance use in ThailandIMPORT Grant
Drug use in JamaicaR25
Access to psychiatric care in ChinaIMPORT Grant; Yale China AssociationBook chapter
Drug use outcomes of MMT clinics in Wuhan, ChinaR25
Jordan – IASC guidelines – Refugee CampsUN consultancyConsultancy report
IndiaAPA Minority GrantPaper
Teaching PTSD recognition to teachers/families in ChinaChinese Government GrantPresentations

Changing Perceptions of Global Medicine

Jordan Reflection Photo"Overall, the experience in the global mental health project in Sierra Leone, has undoubtedly changed my life and worldview, not only on how psychiatry is practiced, but how medicine on a whole is approached throughout the world."


Practice at the Forefront of Global Health

Valdes_Banner_Wide_Image"Traveling to Chiapas, Mexico was a marked experience in my professional and personal lives. Meeting and connecting with the local residents and working with young men and women that practice at the forefront of Global Health prompted me to engage in a constructive and reflective process."


An Externship to Thailand Teaches Important Lessons and Expands a Doctor's Perspective

Lee Reflection Photo"'Sawasdee,' a traditional Thai salutation meaning both 'hello' and 'goodbye', continues to echo through my head each time I think about my international psychiatry externship during my 2nd year of residency. My stint in Bangkok, Thailand was one of the best experiences of my residency training and I continue to have fond memories of the month I was lucky enough to rotate at...


Investigating the Use of Pharmacologic and Behavioral Treatments in Malaysia

Global Mental Health Program Banner Image"I came away with a deeper understanding of substance abuse issues in the region and a level of compassion and commitment to those struggling with these disorders that would not have been possible without this experience."


A Cross-Cultural Experience in the Psychiatric Wards of Changsha, China

Villagomez Reflection Photo"The experience provided me the opportunity to see how similar and yet how varied psychiatric presentations and treatments are across the globe. In Xiangya hospital, drug company pens and tissue boxes filled the busy outpatient attending's office who had multiple medical students hovering around a patient in distress -- a familiar sight. Yet not so recognizable was an almost...


A Resident's Experience in Learning Stress Resilience

Xu GMHP Reflection Photo"It was an unforgettable experience from my residency training and my professional life. I learned more from those earthquake survivors than any textbooks and papers that I have read. I am always grateful to everyone who helped me accomplish this workshop. My thoughts are with those dedicated teachers and their young brave students."