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Stephanie L Smith, MD

Instructor in Psychiatry and a Department of Global Heath and Social Medicine Affiliate

Dr. Stephanie L. Smith is the Director of the Program in Global Mental Health Equity at BWH and co-Director of Mental Health at the global non-profit Partners In Health (PIH). She also holds an affiliation with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She works clinically within the Division of Medical Psychiatry at BWH. Dr Smith’s expertise is in program design, implementation and evaluation of mental health services in resource-limited settings. She has supported the development of community-based mental health service delivery platforms, and the establishment of a cross-site learning collaborative in mental health care delivery, across all of PIH’s global sites (Haiti, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Navajo Nation, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone). In 2020 PIH delivered more than 90,000 facility-based and virtual mental health visits, and cared for more than 32,000 people living with mental health conditions. Dr. Smith’s scholarly contributions focus on innovative models of service delivery, including use of non-specialists to deliver evidence-based mental health care interventions (“task-sharing”), and evaluating the clinical effectiveness of those models. At BWH and HMS, Dr. Smith actively teaches and mentors psychiatry residents and fellows, medical students, and other allied health professionals in the principles of public and global mental health. 

Dr. Smith also is a former Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellow in Global Mental Health Delivery


Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change

Innovative Models in Mental Health Delivery Systems: Task Sharing Care with Non-specialist Providers to Close the Mental Health Treatment Gap.
Authors: Authors: Raviola G, Naslund JA, Smith SL, Patel V.
Curr Psychiatry Rep
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Closing the gap: decentralising mental health care to primary care centres in one rural district of Rwanda.
Authors: Authors: Nyirandagijimana B, Edwards JK, Venables E, Ali E, Rusangwa C, Mukasakindi H, Borg R, Fabien M, Tharcisse M, Nshimyiryo A, Park PH, Raviola GJ, Smith SL.
Public Health Action
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Evaluating process and clinical outcomes of a primary care mental health integration project in rural Rwanda: a prospective mixed-methods protocol.
Authors: Authors: Smith SL, Misago CN, Osrow RA, Franke MF, Iyamuremye JD, Dusabeyezu JD, Mohand AA, Anatole M, Kayiteshonga Y, Raviola GJ.
BMJ Open
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Correction: Ethics in Community-Based Research with Vulnerable Children: Perspectives from Rwanda.
Authors: Authors: Betancourt TS, Smith Fawzi MC, Stevenson A, Kanyanganzi F, Kirk C, Ng L, Mushashi C, Bizimana J, Beardslee W, Raviola G, Smith S, Kayiteshonga Y, Binagwaho A.
PLoS One
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Catatonia in resource-limited settings: a case series and treatment protocol.
Authors: Authors: Smith SL, Grelotti DJ, Fils-Aime R, Uwimana E, Ndikubwimana JS, Therosme T, Severe J, Dushimiyimana D, Uwamariya C, Bienvenu R, Alcindor Y, Eustache E, Raviola GJ, Fricchione GL.
Gen Hosp Psychiatry
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Could comprehensive soldier fitness have iatrogenic consequences? A commentary.
Authors: Authors: Smith SL.
J Behav Health Serv Res
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