The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is pleased and proud to welcome Dr. Pamela Collins as our new Executive Director, starting July 1, 2020.
A psychiatrist and mixed-methods researcher, Collins joined the University of Washington (UW) in 2018 as Director of the Global Mental Health Program, within the Department of Global Health (DGH) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as Director of Faculty Development at DGH and as Principal Investigator of EQUIP Nairobi, a pilot implementation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prior to arriving at the UW, Collins spent eight years at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she was Director of the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research.
Collins was awarded an MD from Cornell University and an MPH from Columbia University, where she was a faculty member for 13 years. There, her research focused on the intersections of HIV prevention, care, and treatment and the mental health needs of women of color in the U.S., as well as diverse groups in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. At Columbia, Collins was also the founding Director of the Global Health Track and Co-Director of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity at the Mailman School of Public Health.
“I am humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to join and lead the I-TECH community,” says Collins, “as it applies its depth of experience and readiness for opportunity to a rapidly changing global health landscape.”